Danish Double Quadrille

Source: Traditional; published in English Dance & Song, June July 1952. Vol XVI. No. 6
Formation: Double Sicilian: Two Couples in a Line facing Two Couples in a Line

A All Eight Circle Left (16), All Eight Circle Right (16)
B1 Two Outside Couples Lead In (with Neighbour), Turn Alone (8); Lead Out (8)
Two Inside Couples Lead Out (with Neighbour), Turn Alone (8); Lead In (8)
B2 In Fours: Right & Left Through x2 (16)
In Fours: Circle Left (8); Circle Right (8)
C Polka 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 times around the opposite couple - face New Neighbours (32)

Own tune, or any 64 bar march.

The description says "Waltz around". In that period "waltz around" meant take a ballroom hold with your partner and dance. Since the music is 2/4 rather than 3/4, the steps would be polka steps rather than waltz steps. The dance was published in the Community Dances Manual where the wording is "dance around the opposite couple 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 times".

Original page from English Dance & Song, June July 1952

Danish Double Quadrille

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