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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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The doctors believed dancing was good for the patients so Elgar composed several sets of Quadrilles and Lancers each with a name giving a clue to their musical character: The Young Flirt, The Valentine and The Brunette plus polkas named Nellie and The Blonde.
En 1984, agee de 70 ans elle obtient un doctorat en Arts et traditions populaires a l'Universite Laval avec sa these << La danse traditionnelle au Canada francais : quadrilles et collions >> et en 2008, agee de 94 ans, elle publie son dernier livre La Contredanse au Quebec.
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Writing over 500 waltzes, polkas, and quadrilles, Johann Strauss II was known by many as the 'Waltz King'.
Several of these figures were combined to create a single quadrille, danced to its own tune, and several single quadrilles (usually five) were put together to create sets of quadrilles, many of which were published.
Cotillions had been popular since the 1780s, but quadrilles seem to have burst on the scene when the end of the Napoleonic Wars allowed people, and dances, to come and go freely across the Channel once more.
George's Hall, Vasily Petrenko leads the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic through music by the Strauss family, waltzes, quadrilles and polkas.
Attractions on the equine timetable this year include Olympic three-day eventer Mary King, practical horsemanship demonstrations, Lusitano quadrilles, side saddle concours d'elegance and a show-stopping performance from the Knights of Middle England Jousting team.
They included quadrilles (squares), contra dances (using many of the same figures as square dance, but danced by couples in two facing lines -- for example, the Virginia reel), and round dances like the varsovienne, the waltz, and the polka.
These were followed by step-by-step descriptions of specific dances, including several quadrilles and contra dances, the waltz and other round dances, and even a minuet.
The company has done it by constantly unearthing new ingredients that give Mexican dance its unique cafe-au-lait coloring: Caribbean polyrhythms, Spanish flamenco, Austrian waltzes, aboriginal percussion, French quadrilles.
The choice was perfect and it lifted us into a delightful evening of waltzes, quadrilles and polkas, danced, sung and played with great panache beneath the benign baton of Christopher WarrenGreen, himself no mean violinist as he proved to us in an exquisite solo.