THE ELIZABETH QUADRILLE
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A modern waltz quadrille, written by Jack Sankey and “Bunk” Sicotte of San Francisco.
Record: LS 3307
Formation: Regular square of four couples.
Footwork: Opposite in Figures 1 and 6, identical in Figures 2, 3, 4, and 5. Note: Head and side persons and couples will retain their original designation as head or side throughout the dance, regardless of their position in the set.
Styling: When inactive, couples balance lightly in open position. If active, woman hold their skirts in their free hands, and men place the free hand, palm up, approximately on the back hip pocket.
Introduction: 4 measures. Stand still throughout. However, as the intro begins, all take “skirt-skaters’” position: man holds woman’s L hand in his L, her L arm across his chest. Man places R arm around woman with his R hand on her hip, as she holds her skirt in her R hand.
Figure I. The Grand Chain
1-4 HEAD LADIES STAR THREE QUARTERS, WHILE SIDE COUPLES WHEEL
All starting on man’s L and woman’s R, head women make
a R-hand star in the center, and travel 3/4 CW to original
corner man in 4 waltz measures. Simultaneously, side
couples, in skaters’ pos, wheel CCW once around in place
in 2 waltzes; then side women move directly to their corner
man in 2 waltzes. The men may balance in place as the
women approach them. (The head men will turn slightly L
to face the corner woman, and the head women,
approaching their original corner men, will turn slightly L
to face them, so that all women will be facing twd LOD.)
5-8 ALL FOUR COUPLES WALTZ ONE QUARTER AROUND THE SET
All are now facing their original corners, man’s back twd
LOD. Take closed position, and, starting man’s L, dance 3
R-face turning waltzes, and open out into skirt-skaters’ pos,
to end in the next pos CCW – that is, #1 man and new
partner into #2 pos, etc. The step is definitely a waltz.
9-12 SIDE LADIES STAR THREE QUARTERS, WHILE HEAD COUPLES WHEEL
Repeat the action of measures 1-4, with the side women
making the star.
13-16 ALL FOUR COUPLES WALTZ ONE QUARTER AROUND THE SET
Repeat the action of measures 5-8. Men are with opp
woman in her pos.
17-32 REPEAT MEASURES 1-16, so that all are in home pos
N.B. If the head men will remember to send their ladies
into the center, no matter where they are, and the side men
will remember to wheel their lady in place, no matter where
they are, the woman will have no difficulty remembering
whether they are to star or to turn.
Figure II. Lines and Stars
1-4 HEAD COUPLES WALTZ TO THE CENTER AND WALTZ BACK TO PLACE
Head couples, in open pos, move to the center in 2 waltzes,
both starting on the R foot; then bwd to place in 2 waltzes.
5-8 HEAD COUPLES TO THE CENTER; SPLIT THE SIDES; FOUR IN LINE
Head couples in open pos, move to the center in 2 waltzes;
each head man takes the opp woman’s L hand in his R, and
they split the nearest side couple; after passing between,
they drop hands and move around their original corners, to
end facing the center, alongside corner and closest to home
pos, in a line of four (2 waltzes).
9-12 FOURS PASS THROUGH
The two lines of four pass through each other to the
opposite pos, all passing R shoulders with the opposite
person, in four waltz steps. The lines of four are now back-
o-back. Make sure that the line continues to be straight to
13-16 FORM A RIGHT-HAND STAR AND OPEN TO A LINE
Each line forms a R-hand star and, in 4 waltzes, turns the
star CW, moving around to reform the lines of four, exactly
as before, except that lines are now facing the center and
each other. End dancers exchange ends, center dancers
exchange places (small steps).
17-20 REPEAT THE ACTION OF MEASURES 9-12
21-24 REPEAT THE ACTION OF MEASURES 13-16 turning the star and opening the line so that all are back in the pos of measure 8.
25-28 WALTZ FORWARD TO THE CENTER; – TAKE PARTNERS TO PLACE
The lines of four advance to the center in 2 waltz steps; all
men take their own partner’s L hand in their R, facing
center if not already doing so, and all move bwd to home
pos in 2 waltz steps.
29-32 HEAD COUPLES WALTZ TO THE CENTER; AND BACKWARD TO PLACE
Repeat the action of measures 1-4, Figure II.
(Teaching hint: On measure 12, during teaching only, have the dancers turn around momentarily and face center. Thus, they can see where they will be at the close of measure 16. It is permissible, on measures 11 and 12 (and their repeats) to start moving into star formation, but the R hands are not raised until measure 13.
Figure III. Around the Square
1-4 HEAD COUPLES TO THE CENTER – AND BOX THE GNAT
Both starting on R foot, head couples advance twd the
center in 2 waltz steps. Each head man joins R hands with
the opp woman, and “Box the gnat” in 2 waltzes (that is,
exchange places, the woman turning CCW under joined R
hands). In this figure, watch your timing! There are 6
counts for each action – 6 to go to COH, 6 to box the gnat,
6 to box the flea, etc. Cues precede action.
5-8 BOX THE FLEA WITH YOUR OPPOSITE – BOX THE GNAT WITH YOUR CORNER
With the same (opposite) woman, head man “Box the flea”
in 2 waltz steps – (that is, exchange places, the woman
turning CW under joined L hands). All face original corner
and box the gnat.
9-12 WITH YOUR OPPOSITE, BOX THE FLEA – WITH YOUR CORNER, BOX THE GNAT
Head men face original opp; side men turn to face original
partner, and all box the flea; all face original corner and box
13-16 WITH YOUR OPPOSITE, BOX THE FLEA – HEAD COUPLES BACK TO PLACE
Repeat measures 9 and 10. Head couples back up to pos in
2 waltz steps.
17-32 WITH SIDE COUPLES LEADING, repeat measures 1-16.
Figure IV. Arches
1-4 HEAD COUPLES ADVANCE – THREES ARCH AND PASS OVER – ALL TURN TO PLACE
Both start on R foot. Head couples, inside hands joined,
advance to center in one waltz step; #3 couple raise joined
hands and pass over #1 couple, who pass under, in 1 waltz
step; head couples continue into opposite pos in 1 waltz
step, drop hands, turn twd each other to face center.
Simultaneously, in open pos, side couples dance 4 step-
swings – to R, L, R, L.
5-8 SIDE COUPLES ADVANCE – FOURS ARCH AND PASS OVER – ALL TURN TO PLACE
Side couples repeat the action of measures 1-4, #4 making
9-12 REPEAT THE ACTION OF MEASURES 1-4, #1 making the arch.
13-16 REPEAT THE ACTION OF MEASURES 5-8, #2 making the arch.
Figure V. Waltz Chain
1-4 BALANCE FORWARD; BALANCE BACK; TURN PARTNERS ON TO THE NEXT
Men facing LOD – women opp. Both start on R foot. All
face partners and join R hands, 1 waltz balance twd partner;
1 waltz balance away from partner; in measures 3 and 4,
man moves fwd in LOD in 2 waltzes, to next woman, as he
turns his partner L-face under joined R hands so she can
meet the next man in RLOD.
5-16 REPEAT MEASURES 1-4 THREE TIMES, meeting partner on opposite side of the set.
Figure VI. Waltz Promenade
1-6 DIP BACK; BOX WALTZ IN PLACE; WALTZ ONE QUARTER AROUND THE SET
Opposite footwork. Starting on man’s L, woman’s R, in
closed pos, men facing LOD, man balances bwd on L,
raising R slightly (woman opp); starting man’s R, woman’s
L, do ½ box waltz in place turning ½ CW. On measures 3-
6, do 4 natural R-face turning waltzes, moving 1/4 around
the set, ending with man’s back to center.
7-12 BALANCE AWAY; BALANCE TO MANEUVER MAN’S BACK TO LOD; ALL WALTZ 1/4 AROUND SET
Partners facing, (man’s back to COH) join both hands, and
balance away from and then twd partner, maneuvering
man’s back to LOD; then repeat measures 3-6, ending at
home, but with man facing diagonally RLOD and wall.
13-16 PIVOT CLOCKWISE IN PLACE; TURN THE LADY; AND BOW
As music slows down, do a 6-count pivot in banjo (or
closed) pos, CW in place; man faces COH and turns
woman CW under joined hands to face him (woman turns
in 3 walking steps) woman’s back to COH. Woman does a
deep curtsey as man bows.