American Square Dances of The West
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of the West and Southwest
The call "Balance Home" means that dancers should go to their home place in the set by the shortest route. It is not a particular movement but a direction to go home.
In general, the Western Balance is an "honor," a courtesy movement used either at the start or finish of a movement and is something to take up the time required to phrase the figure with the music as well as giving a little added flourish and courtesy to the dance.
The Sashays
The term "Sashay" is a corruption of the word "Chasse" which is the Quadrille term meaning to move sideways in a series of small sliding steps. This sliding movement is not used in the Western Sashay. Instead, the same step used in the other movements is employed. Simply dance around the person you