lively social dance allegedly of German origin, popular in 19th-century England and France. The man put his right hand around his partner's waist and with his left hand held her right; the couple danced the galop's simple step side by sideslide, close, slidearound the ballroom to music in 2/4 time. The galop's spirited rhythm occurs in the finale of Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours and in many ballets, where the basic step is elaborated for theatrical effect.
Meaning of GALOP in English
Britannica English vocabulary. Английский словарь Британика. 2012