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 “shake right hands then join the left hands underneath”. Regional or simpler variations may be used.)
Choreography by: Bob Dalsemer, written for beginner parties
Source: When the Work’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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