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People dancing a quadrille in 1820
Quadrille variation involving five couples dancing at a Colonial Ball in the Albert Hall, Canberra 2016

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.[1] 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.[2]

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  1. "Quadrille". The Harvard Dictionary of Music. 2003. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  2. McMenomy, Keith (1984). Ned Kelly - The authentic illustrated story. South Yarra, Victoria: Currey O'Neill Ross Pty Ltd. p. 161. ISBN 085902122X.