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American Square Dances
RING, RING, DESCRIPTION
So far the dances and calls given have been composed of an introduction, the figure, and a chorus. Short dances are usually lengthened by a "finish call" after the final chorus. All intro­duction, chorus, and finish calls are interchangeable, and the caller will find an ample supply of these "trimmings'5 in this book. Such a trimming is this call of "Ring, Ring," often used as either a chorus or finish call.
The dancers join hands in a ring of eight and circle clockwise one quarter of the ring. On the word "Break," in the phrase "Break that ring with a Corner Swing," the dancers release their Partners7 hands, retaining their holds with Corners and all swing Corners once around with a Waltz Swing. The gentlemen roll the ladies they are swinging to the gentlemen's right side at the completion of the swing. Then they re-form the ring and again circle one quarter clockwise and then release hands with new Partners on the word "Break" and swing new Corners once around with a Waltz Swing, the gentlemen placing the ladies just swung on their right and re-forming the circle. This action is repeated twice more, four swings in all, bringing Partners together at home place on the final swing, after which all Promenade Partners once around the set to place. Note par­ticularly that each circle is just one quarter clockwise and that the dancers break holds with their Partners on the call of "Break."






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