The Standard Lancers

 

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Record: LS 161 (parts 1, 2, 3)/ 162 (parts 4, 5)

This is the most popular quadrille in the history of American
square dancing. During the 2nd half of the 19th century, every dance
program included at least one lancers, of which the "Standard" was
probably the most popular. The dance is to be prompted (calls
given just prior to the dance phrase) rather than called.

Figure 1
Counts
     16   ADDRESS PARTNERS (8), ADDRESS CORNERS (8)
     Partners take three short steps away from each other, make
     a little bow on the 4th step, recover on the 5th, and take three
     shorts back together again. Repeat with corners. Give the
     cue before the music starts, there is no introduction.
     8    HEAD FOUR FORWARD AND BACK
     Head couples move toward the opposite couple four steps
     and back to place four steps.
     8    AND TURN THE OPPOSITE
     With a two-hand hold at shoulder height, head four turn the
     opposite person once around and go back to place.
     8    HEAD COUPLE PROMENADE BETWEEN THE
     OPPOSITE
     8    AND RETURN ON THE OUTSIDE
     First couple in promenade position divide the opposite
     couple, each couple moving forward and turning into
     opposite position. Return in reverse.
     8    ALL BALANCE CORNERS
     All balance four steps forward and four steps backward
     with corners.
     8    AND TURN PARTNERS
     All make a two-hand complete turn with partner and turn
     into place.
     48   Repeat the above for the side couples. Do not repeat the 16
     count introduction (Address Partners, Address Corners).

Figure 2
Counts
     16   WAIT. Just   wait! See how convincingly you can do it.
     Smile at your corner; chat with your partner.
     8    HEAD FOUR FORWARD AND BACK
     8    TURN LADIES TO CENTER, FACE PARTNERS
     Head couples join hands with partners, walk four steps to
     center of set. Ladies turn to face their partners in four
     counts while men step back to place in four counts.
     8    CHASSEZ RIGHT AND LEFT
     Partners facing each other (active couples) each individual
     slides four steps to the R and four to the L.
     8    TURN PARTNERS TO PLACE
     Head gentlemen step fwd, give both hands to partner and
     turn her back to place.
     8    SIDE FOUR SEPARATE TO HEAD AND FORWARD
     AND BACK
     Sides divide instantly and join heads in lines of four.
     Forward four steps and back four steps.
     8    FORWARD AGAIN AND TURN PARTNERS TO
     PLACES.
     48   Repeat the above for the side couples. Do not repeat the
     introductory wait.

Figure 3
Counts
     16   WAIT
     8    HEAD FOUR FORWARD AND BACK
     8    FORWARD AGAIN AND ADDRESS
     Head couples step fwd to each other, make a little duck on
     the 4th count and back up to place.
     16   HEAD LADIES CHAIN
     Full chain   across, courtesy turn, cross back and turn into
     place.
     32   Repeat the above for the sides. Do not repeat the wait.
     8    ALL JOIN HANDS, FORWARD AND BACK
     8    FORWARD AGAIN AND ADDRESS
     All make a little duck.
     16   FOUR LADIES GRAND CHAIN
     Full around. Right hand star across, courtesy turn with
     opposite man, chain back, turn into place.

Figure 4
Counts
     16   WAIT
     8    HEAD COUPLES LEAD TO THE RIGHT   and
     ADDRESS
     The music will tell you just what to do. Take short steps to
     the couples on the right. When the long-held chord comes
     in the music, the ladies make a slow, deep bow. Tuck one
     foot behind the other and go down as far as you can. There
     is a little "plink" in the music that tells you to get up again.
     The gentlemen bow from the hips in a courtly fashion,
     hands hanging at sides. Use your skirts, girls.
     8    HEAD COUPLES LEAD AROUND TO THE LEFT   and
     ADDRESS
     8    HEAD COUPLES RETURN TO PLACE, and ADDRESS
     PARTNERS
     This address is much shorter. Be ready to step right into the
     next change or figure.
     8    HEAD COUPLES RIGHT AND LEFT THROUGH
     8    AND RIGHT AND LEFT BACK
     40   Repeat the above with side couples leading out to the left.
     Do not repeat the wait.

Figure 5
Counts
Before the music starts, call "ADDRESS PARTNERS." On the
long chord ladies make another deep, slow curtsey, as in part 4.
After this the first change is called and the music begins.
     32   GRAND RIGHT AND LEFT
     A regular grand right and left (beginning with partner's R
      hand and progressing in that direction fully around the
     circle  , alternating hands as you go) but go full around.
     Pause and bow slightly to your partner as you meet her in
     the opposite position. Then meet her at your home position.
     8    FIRST COUPLES PROMENADE THE INSIDE AND
     FACE OUT
     First couple promenade in a small CCW circle in regular
     promenade pos. Come back to home place facing out.
     8    AND THE SIDES FALL IN
     The third couple is already in line and facing in the right
     direction. Couple 2 falls in behind couple 1, and couple 4
     behind 2, each taking four counts for the maneuver.
     16   CHASSEZ
     Ladies slide to the L 8 counts, passing in front of their
     partners, while men slide to the R, then all back to place in
     8 counts.
     16   MARCH
     Ladies to the R and men to the L. Both lines turn out and
     march to the foot of the set in 8 counts, cross each other
     and back into line in 8 counts. The ladies are now on the L
     and the men on the R.
     8    ALL FORWARD AND BACK
     The two lines facing each other.
     8    ALL FORWARD AND TURN PARTNERS
     Lines move fwd 4 counts, then turn partners to places with
     a two-hand turn.
     32   GRAND SQUARE (see instructions below)
     8    SECOND COUPLE PROMENADE AND FACE OUT
     8    AND THE HEADS FALL IN (3 behind 2, 1 behind 3)
     16   CHASSEZ (as above)
     16   MARCH (as above)
     8    ALL FORWARD AND BACK
     8    ALL FORWARD AND TURN PARTNERS
     32   GRAND SQUARE (see instructions below)
     8    THIRD COUPLE PROMENADE AND FACE OUT
     8    AND THE SIDES FALL IN
     16   CHASSEZ
     16   MARCH
     8    ALL FORWARD AND BACK
     8    ALL FORWARD AND TURN PARTNERS
     32   GRAND SQUARE
     8    FOURTH COUPLE PROMENADE AND FACE OUT
     8    AND THE HEADS FALL IN
     16   CHASSEZ
     16   MARCH
     8    ALL FORWARD AND BACK
     8    ALL FORWARD AND TURN PARTNERS

     8    ALL JOIN HANDS AND FORWARD AND BACK
     8    ALL FORWARD AGAIN AND ADDRESS
     Step in twd the center of the set, turn to partner and make a
     little bow, step back into place and...
     16   ALL PROMENADE TO SEATS

The music on the record has been cut as follows: Originally figures
1, 2, and 4, were danced through twice (twice for heads and twice
for sides). Repeat these bands of music if you want to do this. In
figure 5, we have omitted the music for the fourth couple's part,
even though it is in the cues. If you want to have the 4th couple
dance this part, play the music from the beginning of the band
(again) as soon as you have finished ALL FORWARD AND
TURN PARTNERS at the end of the third couples' turn.

THE GRAND SQUARE:
Stand in regular sets as in square dancing.

A. Heads go into the center (4 counts). Turn 1/4, take hands with
the opposite and back out to the side pos (4 counts). Turn 1/4, face
the opposite and back up to the corner of the set (4 counts). Turn
1/4 and walk fwd to the original pos, facing partner (4 counts).

B. Face partner, back up (away from partner) to corner of the
square (4 counts). Turn 1/4 and move fwd on the outside of the
square to meet opposite (4 counts). Turn 1/4 and move fwd with
opposite to the center of the set (4 counts). Turn 1/4 and back up
with partner to place (4 counts).

While the head couples are doing A. the side couples are doing B.
While the head couples do B., the side couples do A.

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