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Civil War Dance - Lincoln Quadrille

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Published on Apr 5, 2014

The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, was part of the world premiere of "For the People," an oratorio in honor of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial on November 19, 2009. The musical performance was part of the Dedication Day ceremonies in Gettysburg that mark the anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The entire oratorio can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ-ro1....

The oratorio was composed by Dr. John William "Buzz" Jones, Professor at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. The special guest narrator was actor Stephen Lang, who has become known for work both on stage and in films, including the movies "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals." The oratorio was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and featured the Spires Brass Band, Kathleen Sasnett, soprano, Jeffrey Fahnestock, tenor, bass-baritone Roosevelt Credit, and the Sunderman Conservatory Woodwind Octet.

The Victorian Dance Ensemble performed "The Lincoln Quadrille" to music commemorating Lincoln's Inaugural Balls. The dance routine was developed by the Ensemble to demonstrate the most common form of dancing during the Civil War. Often, half of the dances at a ball would be quadrilles. They originated in Europe and were very elegant and formal. Ultimately, quadrilles would evolve into modern square dances. At Lincoln's First Inaugural Ball, Mrs. Lincoln danced a quadrille with Senator Stephen Douglas, one of Lincoln's opponents in the 1860 election.

The Lincoln Quadrille is an excellent aid to learning the basic moves used in Civil War era dances. While we were in the quadrille (square) formation, the moves can be performed in other formations. Please note that most of the moves in this dance video are "half" or "across" moves; that is, the first pair of couples cross to the other side of the formation and stop. The side couples repeat that move, then the first couples return to their home (starting) position and then the second couple returns to their home position. In many dances of the era, each pair of couples would cross and immediately return to their home position.

For a free PDF Civil War Dance Manual, visit our website at www.CivilWarDance.org.




LINCOLN QUADRILLE MOVES

Half Honors (Partner Only)
Tops: Rights & Lefts Across
Sides: Rights & Lefts Across
Tops: Rights & Lefts to Home
Sides: Rights & Lefts to Home
Ladies: Balance to Corner
Ladies: Right Hand Turn Corner

Gentlemen: Forward and Back
Ladies: Forward and Back
All: Moulinet (Ladies Right/Left Hand Star
While Gentlemen Circle on Outside)

Tops: Ladies Chain Across
Sides: Ladies Chain Across
Tops: Ladies Chain to Home
Sides: Ladies Chain to Home
Ladies: Balance to Corners
Ladies: Left Hand Turn Corner

Half Honors (Corner Only)
All: Join Hands
All: Forward & Back
All: Circle Left
All: Forward & Back
All: Circle Right

Tops: Promenade to Opposite Side
Sides: Promenade to Opposite Side
Tops: Rights & Lefts to Home
Sides: Rights & Lefts to Home
Ladies: Half Two Hand Turn to Inside
All: Chassez to Right
All: Half Two Hand Turn
All: Chassez to Left
All: Half Two Hand Turn
All: Chassez to Right
All: Half Two Hand Turn
All: Chassez to Left
All: Half Two Hand Turn

Tops: Cross and Return
Sides: Cross and Return
Ladies: Balance to Corner
Ladies: Two Hand Turn Corner
All: Face Partner & Grand Chain
Meet Partner Halfway & Honor
All: Continue Grand Chain to Home

Tops: Right Hand Star
Tops: Left Hand Star
Sides: Right Hand Star
Sides Left Hand Star
Ladies: Balance to Corner
Ladies: Right Holubiec Corner

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