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Quadrille - J. Scott Skinner, 1905

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Quadrille - J. Scott Skinner, 1905



The People’s Ball Room Guide, published by musician James Scott Skinner in 1905, is a description of 19th century ballroom dances.

A website devoted to Skinner's work includes a series of videos illustrating quadrilles and Lancers set to Scottish tunes and danced in Scottish style.

Skinner himself was taught to dance by William Scott; the two men collaborated on an earlier work, A Guide To Fashionable Dancing," which collects quadrille variations from the early 1980s.

Other videos on the site illustrate country dances and other four-couple set dances such as the Eightsome Reel, a now-popular ceilidh dance that dates from the 1870s.


Special Collections & Museums, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

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