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When we entered, the guests all rose to do us honor, and shortly thereafter the rigadon was called.
The musicians are then (per contract) invited to enter, and strike up a rigadon.
Their _rigadon_, a square dance not unlike our lanciers, the Filipinos take very seriously, stepping through it with all the unsmiling dignity of our grandparents in the minuet.
Ware says that breakdown, designating a riotous negro dance, is a corruption of the French rigadon, but offers no evidence.