Lancers & Other
with music by Bangers & Mash
quadrille, the aristocratic early 19th century ancestor of the modern
square dance, Irish set dance, and Irish "polka set," is
English Country Dance at its most elegant, shaped and refined by
Lancers’ Quadrille (first introduced in London
at the ultra-exclusive dance club, Almack's, in 1817) was the most
popular set dance of the 19th century and is making a comeback in
historical and vintage dance circles in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In this class we will teach Hillgrove’s 1865 version of the
dance with optional footwork.
permitting (since you folk dancers are so quick to learn!), we
will also dance the one-movement Sociable Cotillion, Richard Powers'
delightful reconstruction of a simple19th century quadrille mixer,
and an excerpt from the French Quadrille.
Cathleen Myers is the Dance Director of the
Dickens Fair and Artistic Director of PEERS (the Period Events & Entertainment
Re-Creation Society), which produces full-scale historical costume
dance classes almost every First Saturday (for details of PEERS'
2007-2008 Season, see her website at http://www.peers.org). A dancer
has researched and taught historical and vintage dance in the Bay
In her copious spare time, she also performs with the
Alameda Vintage Dancers and with her own group, the PEERS Flying
music, dance and theater performing group, most notorious
for their recurring Peerless Music Hall and Le Theatre des Vampires.
Bangers & Mash started playing
together in 1994 and have been performing music for English country
and historical couple dancing ever since. They
are regulars at events for PEERS as well as for BACDS (the Bay Area English
Country Dance Society), They've done a number of formal balls, a well as
playing for innumerable dance series. For the past four years, they've
performed at Fezziwigs' Warehouse, the community dance stage of the Great
Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco. See their website at