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Cascarde are lively, flirtatious dances, usually for one couple.

They are danced in ruota: on the rim of an imaginary wheel, facing your partner, about a metre apart. You may move backwards or forwards a little, but always return to place - there are no processional sections, as there are in the balletti in the previous pages. The music has a fairly fast compound-duple rhythm; there are no after-dances in different rhythms.

They are choreographed: each dance has a unique, fairly set of steps, performed the same way each time (or nearly so).