Casuarina Waltz Quadrille

Written by John Short 2010

Formation

The formation is a standard quadrille (ladies on the right of their partners).

The couple in the quadrille with their backs to the music is couple number 1. The couples are then numbered anti-clockwise around the set.

Couples 1 and 3 are top couples. Couples 2 and 4 are side couples.

Music

This dance requires 8 x 32 bars of waltz (3/4 time) at a speed of 55 to 60 bars per minute.

Stepping

This dance is in waltz time and various waltz steps are used throughout.

Rights and lefts are danced in old time quadrille style by passing opposite by right shoulder and partner by left shoulder to the opposite side of the set (4 bars) and then repeating this movement back to place (4 bars). Hands are not used during this movement.

The setting movement is danced in old time quadrille style by stepping to the right on the right foot and closing left foot to right foot and changing weight (1 bar), then stepping to the right on the right foot and closing left foot to right foot without weight (1 bar) then stepping to the left on the left foot and closing right foot to left foot and changing weight (1 bar) then stepping to the left on the left foot and closing right foot to left foot without weight (1 bar).

The Grand Square movement is explained in the dance description.

Dance Instructions for

"Casuarina Waltz Quadrille"

Introduction (4 bars)

All honour partners.

Waltz the Set 16 bars

Couple 1 in ballroom hold rotary waltz inside the set and back to

place (8 bars).

Couple 1 continue to rotary waltz inside the set and back to place a second time but they are joined by couple 3 so that now there are two couples waltzing inside the set (8 bars).

Both couples should finish a little closer to the centre of the set than they would be if they were at home.

Rights and Lefts, Set and Two Hand Turn 16 bars

Top couples rights and lefts across and back (no hands given) and finish facing partners (8 bars).

Quadrille set to partners (4 bars).

Take a two hand open hold with partner and turn partners once around while moving back to place. Finish facing the centre of the set (4 bars).

Grand Square and Reverse the Square 16 bars

Start this movement with everyone facing the centre of the set.

Top couples holding inside hands advance toward opposite with two waltz steps while side couples take two side chasses steps away from partner (2 bars).

Top couples drop hands with partner and join two hands with opposite and take two side chasses steps away from partner while side couples take two waltz steps toward opposite (2 bars).

Top couples drop hands with opposite and take two waltz steps backward away from opposite while side couples join two hands with opposite and take two side chasses steps toward partner (2 bars).

Top couples take two side chasses steps toward partner while side couples drop hands with opposite take inside hands with partner and take two waltz steps backwards (2 bars).

Everyone is now in original place.

Reverse the above movements to "Reverse the Square" (ie The movement starts by top couples taking two side chasses steps away from their partner while the side couples join inside hands and take two waltz steps toward their opposite, etc.) (8 bars).

Everyone finishes in original place.

Waltz Progression 16 bars

Couple 1 in ballroom hold (with joined hands pointing to the centre of the set)

Advance and retire using two side chasses steps advance and two side chasses steps retire (4 bars).

Couple 1 rotary waltz in the line of the set (ie., neither inside nor outside the set) into couple 2’s place while couple 2 rotary waltz into couple 1’s place on the inside of the set (4 bars).

Couple 1 continues to rotary waltz in the line of the set into couple 3’s place while couple 3 rotary waltzes into couple 2’s place on the inside of the set (4 bars).

Couple 1 continues to rotary waltz in the line of the set into couple 4’s place while couple 4 rotary waltzes into couple 3’s place on the inside of the set (4 bars).

Total 64 bars

At this point all couples have progressed one place clockwise. The couples are renumbered according to their current position (ie. Couple 1 has their backs to the music) and the new couple 1 now leads the dance sequence through the second time.

The 64 bar sequence is danced a total of 4 times with each couple taking their turn as couple 1 and leading the dance.

 

 

 

 

Suggested Calls for

"Casuarina Waltz Quadrille"

(Introduction) (4 bars)

First couple waltz the set 8 bars

Opposite couple join in, top couples waltz the set 8 bars

Top couples, rights and lefts 8 bars

Set to partner…….. And two hand turn 8 bars

Grand Square (tops in, sides separate) 8 bars

Reverse the square (sides in, tops separate) 8 bars

First couple ballroom hold, advance and retire 4 bars

First couple waltz the circle, 2s waltz into first place 4 bars

First couple continue to waltz, 3s into second place 4 bars

First couple continue to waltz, 4s into third place 4 bars

Total 64 bars

Repeat calls…..

Starting "New first couple, waltz the set"