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American Square Dances
in the wheel-around, which is the Western style. This turn varies throughout the country. The formal Quadrille style is for the gentleman to place his right hand at the lady's left elbow. In many localities only nearest or "inside" hands are joined as the dancers turn, and often the left hands only are joined, with­out the gentleman's right hand at the lady's back. All are proper methods of turning, and all versions of this turn are counter-clockwise.
Right and Left Eight
This figure is danced by four couples in a double-line forma­tion, with the two leading couples in the center of the set, back to back, facing the other two couples. It is led either by both Head or both Side Couples. The leading couples dance the Right and Left Through with the couples they are facing and wheel around to again face the center of the set. The other two couples pass through the leading couples to the center of the set but do not wheel around. Instead, they pass through the couple they meet and continue across the set to face the opposite leading couple who have just completed their wheel-around movement. The couples facing now dance the Right and Left Through, with the couples on the outside of the set wheeling in place to again face the center of the set. The two couples in the center pass through the couple they meet and continue across the set to face the opposite couple with whom they dance the Right and Left Through. They wheel around as the couples on the inside of the set meet and pass through and continue across the set to pass through the outside couples, and then wheel around at their home place, while the two leading couples, who have passed through to the center, wheel around to their home place in the set, completing the figure. This figure requires twenty-four beats of music to execute.
"When the Right and Left Through is danced by three couples in a double-line formation, following the same pattern as the






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