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American Square Dances
LADY 'ROUND THE LADY, GENT SOLO, DESCRIPTION
The First Lady leads to the right, with the First Gentleman trailing behind her, in single file. The First Lady, followed by her Partner, dances between the Second Lady and Gentleman to the outside of the set, and then turns to her left and dances behind the Second Lady and around her, to the center of the set, with the First Gentleman trailing close behind.
The First Lady again dances between the Second Couple to the outside of the set, but turns to her right this time, and dances behind and around the Second Gentleman. As the First Lady dances around the Second Gentleman, the First Gentleman stands fast, facing the Second Lady, and does not follow behind his Partner as he did in the preceding movement.
As the First Lady completes her encirclement of the Second Gentleman, the First and Second Couples form a ring of four and circle once clockwise. Both couples now swing Partners once around with a Waltz Swing, after which the First Couple repeats the figure with the Third Couple, and then with the Fourth Couple. This last dancing of the figure is completed by all couples swinging their Partners once around with a Waltz Swing, and then Promenading with Partners around the set to home place. All couples now swing Partners once around with a Waltz Swing, and then "Balance" their Partners with a slight bow, and "Square your sets," ready for the next change.
The call is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples in turn leading the dance.






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