A quadrille in 3/4 time by Carlotta Hegemann.
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Music: "It Happened in Monterrey"
Record: LS 3305
This interesting dance actually fulfills the only proper
meaning of the word "choreography," for it has a definite meaning
the word "serenata" thus: serenade, concert, night-music. I love
that last, for I seem to hear the music of a little band playing old
Mexican waltzes in the balmy night air of some little town in old
Mexico, as the young people drift in circles, promenading around
the plaza. There is quite a bit of flirtation, and once in a while a
girl by her smile encourages one of the young men to walk with her
oh, of course, he can't walk alone with her: there are always the
other girls, and in most cases a duena, or chaperone. It is a very
old custom throughout Mexico and very romantic.
It is held every Saturday or Sunday evening, or both, and is
usually called the "Paseo" (promenade), although I have heard that
in Monterrey it is sometimes referred to as the "Serenata." I loved
this last title for the quadrille.
In arranging the dance, I thought of the square as the Plaza,
the various figures as the flirtation, and the final "paseo" as the
strolling around glancing at each person one meets, and then at
the last the partners meeting.
Formation: Four couples in regular square formation
Position: Skirt skaters', all facing COH.
Footwork: Identical. All start with L foot.
Introduction: Wait 2 meas; holding L hands, step back on L; step
fwd on R into skirt skaters pos.
1-4 WALTZ BAL FWD; WALTZ BAL BACK; WALTZ BAL
LEFT; WALTZ BAL RIGHT
1 waltz bal fwd; 1 waltz bal bwd; 1 pas-de-basque bal to
the L; 1 pas-de-basque bal to the R all done moving as a
couple in skirt skaters' pos.
5-8 BAL FWD; BAL BACK; BAL LEFT; BAL RIGHT
Repeat meas 1-4, taking varsouvianna pos twd end of last
9-12 HEAD COUPLES OUT TO R, SIDE COUPLES OUT TO
L; PROGRESS; AROUND; BACK TO PLACE
Head couples turn out to the R and face side couples who
turn to the L, and the two couples progress full around each
other, passing men's L shoulders, back to place, taking 12
steps in all, maintaining vars. pos.
13-16 HEADS OUT TO L; SIDES OUT TO R; PROGRESS;
AROUND; BACK TO PLACE
Repeat action of meas 9-12, except that head couples lead
to the L, and side couples to the R, passing ladies' R
shoulders, completing a natural "figure 8"
17-20 LADIES PROMENADE INSIDE; ; ; TURN L-FACE IN
As men waltz bal in place, ladies promenade in single file
inside the square, CCW, for four meas (12 counts), turning
L-face on the last meas to form a R-hand star (ladies four-
21-24 R-HAND STAR; AROUND; PARTNERS BY THE LEFT
HANDS; SWEEP TO PLACE
Ladies turn star CW for six steps; on third meas, partners
join L-hands, and, in skirt skaters' pos, couples sweep L-
ace in place face COH
25-32 PASEO* ON AROUND THE SQUARE, REACH HOME,
PARTNERS SWEEP TO PLACE
*On the cue "Paseo," drop hands, as head couples lead out
to the R, side couples to the L, promenading through each
other as individuals, couple splitting couple each person
passing another with the R shoulder. Continue around the
square until original partners emerge in original home
position. Join L-hands with partner and sweep L-face in
skirt skaters' pos to face COH. There are 8 meas (24
counts) for this action. (Note: square dancers will recognize
this paseo figure as related to a "double pass through"
except that it is in a circle.
Repeat routine, except that in meas 17-24, the men take the action,
using shorter steps.
Repeat routine, except that in meas 17-20, head couples turn a L-
hand star in the center for 6 counts; head men join L-hands with
their own partners and sweep L-face to home pos in skirt skaters'
pos in 6 counts to end facing COH. In meas 21-24, repeat the same
for the side couples. Inactive couples bal in place.
Repeat routine, except that in meas 17-20, all eight star right, for 9
steps, and then turn to make a L-hand star in the last 3 steps. In
meas 21-24, repeat the same for the side couples. Inactive couples
bal in place.
At the end of the dance, partners step back and acknowledge
("float apart") keeping L-hands joined. Learn as quickly as possible
to dance without cues.
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