First Night Quadrille
Formation: Four couples in a Square formation
Music: “Susie”, Jewell 707
Download RTF file: First Night Quadrille
57-64 – – – -, Head Couples Forward and Back
1-8 – – – -; Same Four Circle Left;
9-16 – – – -; Same Four Circle Right;
17-24 – – – -; Same Four Star Right;
25-32 – – – -; – – Allemande Left;
33-40 – – – -; Grand Right and Left;
41-48 – – – -; – – Partner Dosado;
49-56 – – – -; – – Promenade home (half);
57-64 – – – -; Side couples Forward and Back;
(Repeats: Alternate Head and Side couples)
1-8 Head couples walk Forward and Back.
9-16 The same two couples join hands in the center and those four dancers circle to the left for eight beats (about once around).
17-24 The same four dancers circle to the right for eight beats.
25-32 The same couples make a Right Hand Star (right hands into the middle with finger tips up and touching) and walk forward to turn it once around.
33-40 At home position dancers Allemande Left with their corner (turn corner by the left arm until dancers are facing their original partner).
41-48 Dancers come back to face their partner to begin a Grand Right and Left. (All dancers move forward around the circle beginning with a right hand pull by with partner, then a left hand pull by with the next, continuing this pattern for a total of four pull bys.)
49-56 When Partners meet on the far side of the square they do a DoSaDo (walk forward passing right shoulders, slide sideways back-to-back, then back up passing left shoulders to end facing each other where they began).
57-64 Partners Promenade halfway around back to home position. (Promenade handhold is usually described as â€œshake right hands then join the left hands underneathâ€. Regional or simpler variations may be used.)
Choreography by: Bob Dalsemer, written for beginner parties
Source: When the Workâ€™s All Done by Bob Dalsemer
Printed in: Community Dance Journal, Sept 1995 and June 2002
Usage: The transition from Star to Grand Right and Left is a challenge for beginning square dancers and provides an opportunity for the “team” to be successful. Introduction and ending are caller’s choice.
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