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1. a square dance of five or more figures for four or more couples
2. a piece of music for such a dance, alternating between simple duple and compound duple time


an old card game for four players



(1) A dance prevalent among many peoples. As a rule, it is written in 2/4 time and consists of five or six figures, each of which has its own name and special musical accompaniment. It came to Russia from France. From the late 17th century to the late 19th, the quadrille was one of the most popular dances of the salon. It also became widespread among the common people, bearing different names; there exist Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian quadrilles.

(2) At tournaments, carousels, and the like, a group of fourhorsemen, usually in costume.

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Billowy has selfishly sullied her sister's honor, and decides to even the score by stirring arsenic into his cognac while he's out dancing a quadrille.
Six talented young riders executed the first of the quadrille performances -- with six-plus riders executing dressage moves to music.
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With that in mind, this compilation by Peter Damm includes a Sanktus Hubertus Fanfare by Karl Stiegler (announcing the event), Coburger Marsch by Michael Haydn (for the procession of dancers), and then a five-movement quadrille called La Noce du Picqueur (Hunter's Wedding) by Tyndare Gryer (1850-1936) with titles: Le Pantalon (a folk song), L'Eti (a contradance celebrating Summer), La Poule (in which the cackling of chickens is heard), Le Pastourelle (a shepherd song), and a upbeat Finale (in three sections).
She is a sister to Quadrille, who finished runner-up in the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot last year, and although I don't know how strong the opposition will be, hopefully she will run well on her debut.
00 HAMPTON COURT STAKES KIEREN FALLON was back in the Royal Ascot winner's enclosure for the first time since 2006 as AFSARE short-headed The Queen's Quadrille in the Listed Hampton Court Stakes - and then survived a tense stewards' inquiry.
The 'Eightsome Reel' is a fusion of opposites: the elegant quadrille with its French roots and the energetic reel native to Scotland.
In this essay, I will specifically address a European dance, the quadrille, in a particular colonized area, the Caribbean, and demonstrate through Simone Schwarz-Bart's play Ton beau capitaine how it facilitates a successful synthesis of cultures.
5- by 11-inch quadrille graph paper as well as a shatterproof ring binder ruler and a 6-inch 180-degree protractor; and a wedge-shape, pink beveled eraser.
UK-based publisher Quadrille Publishing is to enter the US market in 2007.
But what thrilled me were the two vaudun-styled ballets, the trance-ritual Shango and L'Agya, the so-called Creole Giselle, and, to a lesser extent, a 19th-century, mildly balleticized Brazilian quadrille, Choros.
Directed and constructed by Sabin Epstein, ``Carrolling'' is a revue that features familiar Carroll works, like ``Jabberwocky'' and ``The Lobster's Quadrille,'' along with some more obscure ones, loosely connected by a slight narrative about characters caught in a dream.