The quadrille was a type of social dance. It was a sequence dance, a lively dance by four couples arranged in the shape of a square. It became popular in France around 1760. It became popular in England in 1813. American square dancing is a later adaption of the quadrille. In Australia, the bushranger Ned Kelly danced in a quadrille during the siege at Glenrowan, Victoria.
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Dance engagements card for 11 January 1887, published by M W & Co Ltd (Marcus Ward & Co) 184 x 95mm (7¼ x 3¾in) (inside this dance engagements card is a list of all the dances for the evening - valse, polka, lancers and quadrille; opposite each dance is a space to record the name of the partner for that dance)
Quadrille Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.