THE EMPRESS WALTZ QUADRILLE

 

A modern waltz quadrille composed by Jack Sankey.

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Music: "Wyoming Waltz"

Record: LS 3311/3312

Formation: Quadrille or square with three people on each side.
Each of the four gentlemen has his partner on his right and an extra
lady on his left. The dance is for 12 people. Join hands in lines of
three to start, keep the square rather large. Ladies are called right
and left hand ladies. All start on right foot.

Introduction: 4 measures. Man acknowledges his partner and
corner.

Figure I.
Measures
     1-4  THREE QUARTER CHAIN
     R-hand ladies star R in center 3/4 around to original corner
     man in four waltz steps. Simultaneously, L-hand ladies star
     R with the man in the line-of-three once around in 4 waltz
     steps to end with man facing RLOD (woman face LOD).
     Drop hands.
     5-6  TURN AROUND
     The R-hand lady, coming out of the star, is picked up by a
      new man and courtesy turned around to face center in two
     waltz steps. Simultaneously, the L-hand lady continues twd
     the next man in LOD, making a slow 1« R-face turn with
     two waltz steps, to end beside new man, facing center. Join
     hands in line of three.
     7-8  AND BALANCE
     All balance fwd; balance back.
     9-32 REPEAT MEASURES 1-8 three times more to end in
     starting pos. Lines of three hook elbows.

Figure II.
     1-4  STAR PROMENADE
     Lines of three pivot R-face and turn the L-hand lady into a
     L-hand star with the other lines of three using step, step,
     close; step, touch,  ; move fwd in LOD in star formation
     with 6 steps.
     5-8  Turn the R-hand lady into a R-hand star formation using six
     steps; backup in the star formation in six steps.
     9-12 Turn the L-hand lady into a L-hand star formation using six
     steps; move fwd in LOD in star formation with six steps.
          13-16     Turn into original places with six steps; all 
balance fwd;
          balance back.

Figure III.
     1-4  FIGURE EIGHT (or "Hey")
     Men turn R-hand lady with the R hand around using six
     steps   simultaneously the L-hand lady makes a solo R-face
     turn using six steps; then man turns the L-hand lady with
     the L-hand around in six steps   simultaneously the R-hand
     lady makes a solo R-face turn in six steps. Reform lines of
     three quickly with hands joined and face center.
     5-8  WALTZ FORWARD AND BACK
     All take one waltz step into the center; step, touch,  ; waltz
     bwd to place; step, touch,  
     9-12 FIGURE EIGHT, repeat measures 1-4
          13-16     BALANCE FORWARD AND BACK AND LADIES
          CHANGE PLACES
     With hands joined in lines of three, balance fwd (step,
     touch,  ;) balance back (step, touch,  ;) ladies now
     exchange places with each other using six steps and passing
     in front of men and left shoulders with each other. Man
     waltzes in place.

REPEAT ALL THREE FIGURES   except that on measures 15-16
of Figure III, the man raises both hands high enough for both ladies
to make a three-step turn under his arms twd the center of the
square to end facing him (R-hand lady makes a R-face turn, L-hand
lady makes a L-face turn). Both ladies make a deep curtsey, while
man bows, still holding hands.

NOTE: If it is desirable to use the four extra men, have them stand
motionless about six feet behind the man in the line of three, and
step in when the ladies change places at the end of Figure III, ready
to star right with the L-hand lady to repeat the dance. The
outcoming man stand motionless through the second sequence and
join the set in the final bow, standing between ladies at the corner
of the set to his L and facing in.

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