GUSTAF'S SKOAL



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Swedish Quadrille   

Formation: Four couples in a square. Partners join inside hands; boys place outside hands on hips, girls hold skirts, or drop outside hands loosely at sides. 
DANCE
Meas. (2 counts per measure; i.e., l-4 = 8 counts) 
Part I 
1- 4 Head couples walk forward three steps to center of square, bow and back up to place in four steps;
5- 8 Side couples walk forward three steps to center , bow, and back up to place in four steps;
9-12 Heads go forward and back again;
13-16 Sides go forward and back again. 
Part II 
17-24 Head couples skip toward center, exchange partners, and skip between the nearest side couple; they separate and return to original position to meet own partner and turn partner with a two-hand swing;
25-32 Side couples skip toward center, exchange partners, and skip between the nearest head couple; they separate and return to original position to meet own partner and turn partner with a two-hand swing.  
Note: Gustaf refers to a popular Swedish king and “skoal” originally meant a toast or formal salute. The toast or greeting (Part I) is done in a very dignified manner, while the skipping part (Part II) is light and joyous. The first part imitates the nobles at court while the second part depicts the peasants' happy dancing.


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