Three-Slide Galop

(Three Step Galop, Le Galop a Trois Temps,
Le Galop a Trois Pas, Le Galop a 3 Temps)


Contemporary Description

The Position

Waltz position throughout.

The Footwork

Halfway between a Four-Slide Galop (four slides), and a Polka (two slides), it's simply a galop with three slides, turning on the third count. Slide-and-slide-and-turn.

Creative Variations

These aren't explicitly described in the sources below, but they're also fun, and well within the realm of 19th century possibilities.

Reverse Three-Slide Galop: Reverse the above, turning to the left instead of the right.

The Music

Waltz or mazurka music. Lopp 1903 suggests 144 bpm.

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Historical Descriptions

Le Galop A Trois Pas (Le Galop a Trois Temps, Three Step Galop, Three Slide Galop) (Gilbert, 1890):

Glide left foot to side (2d), 1; chassé & 2; chassé & 3; one measure. Repeat to the right, one measure. Recommence as at first.

Le Galop A 3 Temps Pas (Lopp, 1903):

Tempo 3/4. Métronome (noire) 144.

Position de valse.

Glisser le pied gauche à côté à la 2e position. Compter 1.

Chasser le pied droit par le pied gauche. Compter 2.

Reprendre le 2e pas. Compter 3, 1 mesure.

On fait de nouveau le même pas à droite en partant du pied droit durant une mesure. 1 mesure.

For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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