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Bahamian Quadrille

Bahamian quadrille is a lively dance style, originating from the Bahamas, performed by mixed couples. The dance involves vigorous movements and foot stomping, and is typically danced to rake-and-scrape music. The dance usually occurs in a square or rectangle formation, in which mixed-gendered couples dance freely to the music. While there is no specific choreography in Bahamian quadrille, the males are expected to dance more vigorously and incorporate foot stopping. 

Is this activity known by any other names?


What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Quadrille is originally a European dance, which was adopted and adapted by Bahamians. The Bahamian Quadrille combines European and Afro-Caribbean influences. 

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds, many participants are from a Bahamian or other Caribbean background.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Bahamian quadrille may be seen at Bahamian or Caribbean cultural festivals and events, including the annual Caribana festival in Toronto.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Caribana; Island Soul; Junkanoo

Cultural Significance

Bahamian quadrille is a popular dance that is practiced by some members of the GTA's Caribbean community.


  • Canadian National Exhibition
    210 Princes' Blvd.
    Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
  • Harbourfront Centre
    235 Queens Quay
    Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

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