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INTRODUCTORY CALL THREE, DESCRIPTION
In this introduction, the movement of "All around your Left Hand Lady" is introduced, combined with the "Grand Right and Left." This same combination of movements is used as a chorus in the dance, "Take a Peek." After the dancers "Honor" their Partners and Corners, they form a ring of eight which circles clockwise once around the set. The next call is "All around your Left Hand Lady."
On this call, the gentlemen face to their left and dance behind their Corner Ladies, passing back to back until the ladies have been cleared. The gentlemen now face the center and dance in front of the ladies, back to place, the gentlemen keeping their backs to the ladies throughout the movement. As the gentlemen dance behind their Corners, the ladies dance two steps forward, pause until the gentlemen have cleared them, and then dance two steps backward as the gentlemen complete their encircling movement. The next call is, "Grand Right and Left."
All face Partners and take right hands in a slight "balance" and then dance on to the next person. Do not turn around! Take left hands with the person met and pass on to the next person in the set. Take right hands with that person and pass on to the next person, with whom left hands are taken. Pass by this person to meet Partners with whom right hands are taken. The gentlemen continue moving counterclockwise as they meet their Partners while the ladies pivot in a right-face turn as right hands are taken so as to face in the same direction as the gentle­men are moving, and Partners join their left hands over their joined right hands as the lady pivots, so that Partners are now in the skating position. All Promenade with Partners to home place.
There is no grip or handclasp as hands are taken in the Grand
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