THE OLD WALTZ QUADRILLE

 

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Record: LS 5-140

     A generation ago (or more) this famous old dance was
probably the favorite throughout the nation, and now it is almost
forgotten. In many parts of the country it was the last number on
every dance program   the good-night waltz. Each couple danced it
through four times, or sixteen times in all. The modern tendency is
to send both head couples down center at the same time and then
do the same with the side couples, and thus cut it down to a total of
eight repetitions. If you know how to waltz well it is a beautiful
and satisfying dance with its constant changing of partners.
Grandmother knew her stuff! She picked her favorites well. If you
don't know how to waltz, isn't it about time that you learned?

Head couples down center and there they divide
The ladies go right, and the gents go left side
     The two head couples waltz down center past each other.
     (The old rule would be to pass to the left side. But since
     this is a modern variation, and since the RF rotation is
     easier to waltz around a set in promenade direction, I
     recommend passing to the R in this dance, in a sort of
     flattened promenade, each couple passing just inside of the
     side couples but still around the square) They waltz full
     around to the opposite couple's pos (now left deserted), and
     there separate from each other, the lady waltzing around to
     the right. As the ladies pass the opp man, behind the side
     couples, they take the inside track and the men stay to the
     outside.
Honor your partners and don't be afraid
To swing on the corners with a waltz promenade
     Then they take dance pos with the corner and go right into a
     waltz promenade around the square. The first meas is a
     mild swing, in that the man goes back on his L foot and
     pivots on it while he swings his R foot around to face along
     the promenade LOD and then closed his L to his R. Then
     he waltzes fwd on his R which puts him in the correct pos
     for the easiest of the RF waltzes as he waltzes around the
     set.

They have 12 meas to dance once and a half around the square and
back to their orig home pos. This would seem hurried to the old
timers, who not only had the 4 meas for the waltz-swing, but had
16 full meas besides for the waltz around the square. This is too
much for the modern dancer, and you can see that it must also have
been too much for grandmother who, to judge from the old chorus
verses next quoted, used to wander quite away and out of the
square with all this time on her hands.

The following old-time choruses will take you through the four
repetitions of the dance for the head couples.

Once she'll be your girl, once she'll be mine
Hurry up there young fellow, you're getting behind

You're waltzing and talking and sure to forget
To waltz the young lady back into the set

Your heart is fast beating, your mind's in a whirl
You're contented to dance all night with this girl

You're happy, she's happy, too happy to sing
But remember you're dancing and stay in the ring

If you care to play the record through a second time for the side
couples, the following old-time verses will take care of them:

The music plays softly, the lights are so low
Don't hurry, there's plenty of time yet to go

By hustling and bustling you're sure to regret
That you crowded some couple right out of the set

You're waltzing, she's waltzing, so graceful and gay
Her hand on your shoulder. She's in heaven today

Her hand seems to tremble, her eyes are alight
This is the last waltz,   so whisper "good-night."

Callers are sometimes starved and lonesome creatures, standing off
at one side with their cold and skinny microphone while the rest of
you dance. If a sentimental caller, under the spell of the music,
substitutes for the words   "so whisper 'good-night'," the more
romantic and soulful words   "I love you! Good-night," you will
excuse him and understand.......

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