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American Square Dances
The Allemande Left
The "Allemande Left" is a left-hand swing with Corners, once around, in which the dancers always return to their Part­ners, with an "honor" or "balance," which is danced by taking right hands with Partners and either bowing or stepping back and forward, in two beats of music. The entire movement re­quires eight beats of music.
In the Western dance the Allemande Left is nearly always followed by a Grand Right and Left. Often the call is "On the Corner with your left hand, right hand to your Partner, Right and Left Grand," or, "Swing your Corner with your left hand, right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand." Notice that the honor or balance is definitely called for.

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