In ancient times, dancing was an integral part of religious ceremonies. During the time of Louis XIV of France, dancing assumed a more stately air and became part of court ceremony. In ore recent times, the art form became a practice of more social pleasures and by the early part of the nineteenth century was acknowledged as an activity which celebrated the great social occasions. The various dances came from all over Europe. The Polka and Mazurka from Poland, the Schottische, Gallop and Waltz from Germany, the Boston, Fox-Trot from American from Scotland the Reel and the jig from Ireland. The Quadrille, Lancers, Sir Roger de Coverlet and Country dances originated in England. Early in the ninteenth century, when the Waltz was introduced to England from Germany, it was generally thought to be indecent due to the close proximity of the dancers.
Colonial Dancing - Commonly used terms in quadrilles

Tiroire- Occupies eight bars. A couple with hands joined pass in between and change places with the opposite couple, all using the same steps as intheir Traverse, the both couples returning to their original places, thefirst couple this time passing outside.
Set to partners (or corners)- Occupies four bars, and consists of the ladyand gentleman facing each other, glissade three times to the right thenrepeated to the left.
Ladies’ Chain - Occupies each bars. Two ladies cross to opposite places,joining right hands in centre as they pass; they then give the left to theopposite gentleman, with whom they execute a turn.
Grand Chain- Occupies sixteen bars. Set of four ladies and four Gentlemen turn in opposite directions i.e. facing each other, and taking alternately right and left hands, pass in a circle between each other. Each time partners come together, they bow and curtsey, and continue the chain until they have all reached their original positions.
Chasse-Croise - Crossing the gentleman to the right and behind the lady who passes before him to the left, and vice versa.
Allemand -Turning with hand over head. Balance- Rising and sinking on the sole of one foot, the other beingbrought from an open to a closed position.
Chasse- A “chasing” of one foot by the other. Etiquette of Dancing Dancers who are to become overheated should avoid drinking large quantities of lemonade or other beverages; also, it is a compliment to one’s partner to wear gloves, if only while dancing.

Dances reproduced by the Adelaide Colonial Dances

Dance Dating from:
Alberts 1882, Barn Dance 1860, Barn Dance Progressive 1919,
Berlin Polka 1836, Boston Two Step 1908, The Doris Waltz 1908,
La Rinka 1909, Caledonians 1830, Canadian Barn Dance 1919,
Cheshire Rounds 1803, Circassian Circle 1844 ,Circle Waltz 1875,
Colonials Quadrille Victorian The County Cotillon 1907,
Dashing White Sergeant Victorian Doris Waltz 1908, Eva Three Step 1904, Evening Three Step 1904, Le Militaire 1905, The First Set 1815,
Four Sisters Barn Dance 1915, French Cotillon 1882,
Galop Quadrille Victorian Galopade Quadrille 1882,
Galopede Victorian Gay Gordons Victorian Grand March 1844,
Gypsy Tap 19?, Kings Waltz 1913,Lancers 1817, Maxina 1917,
La Militaire 1905, Military Two Step 1903, National Guard Quadrille Victorian La Nationale 1910,
Parma Waltz 1920, Parisien Quadrille 1875, Pride of Erin 1900,
Prince Imperials 1875, Polka Mazurka 1875,
Prince Imperial Quadrille Victorian Princess Polka Victorian Progressive Barn Dance 1919,
Progressive Gay Gordons Victorian Sir Roger De Coveley 1810,
Spanish Waltz 1827, St Bernard’s Waltz 1934, Swing Waltz 1939,
Tango Waltz 1932, Tangoette 1908, Varsoviana 1853 & 1885, Veleta 1900, Waltz 1815, Waltz Cotillon 1830, Waltz Country Dance 1827,
Washington Post 1894.

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