Three-Slide Galop

(Three Step Galop, Le Galop à Trois Pas, Le Galop à Trois Temps)



The Three-Slide Galop is a fun adaptation of Galop to waltz time, which appeared in De Garmo's Dance of Society (1875) and several other manuals in the late 19th century.

Before introducing the Three-Slide Galop, De Garmo notes that "while a Polka-Mazurka is being played, one couple may dance the Polka-Mazurka, a second couple the Polka-Redowa, a third the Galop à Trois Pas, a fourth a slow Redowa, a fifth a slow Waltz, and a sixth couple the Glide Waltz." While De Garmo himself wasn't happy about this state of affairs, the fact that he was unhappy about it demonstrates that it was the state of affairs, with the different forms of waltz being freely mixed at the dancers' discretion, regardless of which particular danced was called—something that we still see happen quite often today! [WD75].

The Position

Waltz position throughout.

The Dance

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, i.e., "slide-and-slide-and-turn."

One author notes that it can also be reversed, turning to the left instead of the right [e.g., WD75].

The Music

Mazurka music.

Metronome markings range from 112 bpm [AD85] to 144 bpm [WL03].


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For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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