The music of this dance, is the favourite Quadrille air of L'Horatia—The dance commences with the English figure of right and left all around. Each gentleman then performs the balancez to his partner and turns her round with both hands. The ladies take hands all round; then follows the demi promenade à quatre, and the figure finishes with half right and left, after an open chassez by each couple.*
I'm not sure what half of this means. I did look up the French words. I know they're dance terms, which probably means the French translations aren't entirely accurate. (Plus I used Bing Translator which isn't very accurate either.) Either way, here's what I discovered:
balancez = swing
demi promenade à quatre = a half walk to four
chassez = hunt; chase
If any of my lovely readers are better acquainted with Regency dances, and my translations are way off, please let us know. I would appreciate it and I know my other readers would too. Thank you! ♥
*Taken verbatim from La Belle Assemblée, July 1820, p. 273. Get the Google e-book HERE.
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