American Square Dances of The West
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This section of the book presents the Western Square Dance in a logical, progressive manner, the aim being to develop the parts of the Square Dance as soon as possible. Each dance is chosen to teach movements needed for square dancing rather than to give a large repertoire of figures and calls.
The instructions have been purposely kept to a minimum, so that the dancers may leam the figures and movements in the shortest possible time and dance, not drill, their way through them. The best way to learn and enjoy square dancing is by getting on the floor and dancing, adding a little at a time to one's knowledge and repertoire. All movements in the Square Dance are simple if they are taken one at a time. It is the combination of incompletely mastered simple movements which becomes complex and involved. Keep the dance simple and straightfor­ward. If the progression given here is followed, the last dance in the book will be as simple as the first dance, and will be thor­oughly understood and appreciated.
The exact timing required for each figure or movement is indi­cated by the calls in which each line requires four beats of music. Silence or rests on the part of the caller are indicated by a dash (-) for each beat of silence, or this dash may indicate additional time given to the word or syllable preceding the dash. The dashes indicate time value rather than actual silence on the part of the caller.
Each and every movement of the Square Dance has a definite timing which must be observed by the caller. This timing is based upon the normal dance movements executed in time with the music, neither too fast nor too slow. If the dancers are to move in time with the music, the calls must be given in time and

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