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of the West and Southwest
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Right and Left. Instead, hands are touched in a gesture of greet­ing as the dancers pass by each other in this weaving, serpentine movement in which the gentlemen always dance counterclock­wise, and the ladies clockwise. Note that there is no pause or break in the action of the movement as Partners meet, and dance into the skating position for the Promenade, the lady simply pivoting on the ball of her "standing" foot as right hands are taken by Partners. The dancers should never "reach" for the person they are dancing toward in this or any other movement of the Square Dance.
The call for this introduction will be found on page 96, combined with "Take a Peek," and should be used with that dance in presenting a progressive program. However, any intro­duction may be used with any dance as desired by the caller.
TAKE A PEEK, DESCRIPTION
The First Couple leads to the Second Couple and separates so that the First Lady dances to the right of, and just past, the Second Couple, while the First Gentleman dances to the left of, and just past, the Second Couple. The First Couple "peek" at each other behind the backs of the Second Couple who usually "peek" over their shoulders at the First Couple*
The First Couple now dance back to the center of the set and these four dancers swing either their own Partners or their Opposites once around with a Waltz Swing, for the call is "Swing or Cheat," which means "Swing whom you wish," the fun being to wait until the last second to indicate your choice; this is usually the lady's privilege.
The First Couple again separate (the ladies must be sure to be in their proper place, at the right of their own Partners, after the "Swing or Cheat" call), and dance around the Second Couple to "peek" at each other as before, then dance back to face the






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