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107
SALLY GOODEN', DESCRIPTION
In this dance the ladies are named according to their position
in the set in relation to the gentleman who is leading the figure on each change.*
The First Gentleman dances to his Right Hand Lady, who is known in this dance as "Sally Gooden'" and swings her once around with a Right Hand Swing, then dances back to his Partner, wTho is called his "Taw" throughout this dance, and swings her once around with a Left Hand Swing. The First Gentleman nowT dances across the set to his Opposite Lady, who is known as the "Girl from Arkansaw," and swings her once around with a Right Hand Swing. Next he dances to his Right Hand Lady, "Sally GoodenV' whom he swings once around with a Left Hand Swing and then dances to his Partner, his "Taw," whom he swings once around with a Right Hand Swing. The First Gentleman now dances to his Corner Lady who is known in this dance as "Grandma" and swings her once around with a Left Hand Swing and then dances back to his Partner. All dancers now" swing their Partners once around with the Waltz Swing and then Promenade with Partners once around the set.
The figure is led by the Second, Third, and Fourth Gentlemen in turn, after which it is danced by all four gentlemen answering the call together. As the four gentlemen cross the set together to swing their Opposite Lady, or the "Girl from Arkansaw," they must allow die gentleman on the left to have the right of
* The names given the ladles in this dance are often used in the Western Square Dance instead of the names of Partner ("Taw"), Right Hand Lady ("Sally Gooden'"), Opposite Lady ("Girl from Arkansaw"), and Corner Lady ("Grandma"), and are frequently used in die calls of dances other than "SaHy GoodenV This terminology is standard in the Western Square Dance and should not be altered any more than the usual terminology of Partners, Corners, Right Hand Ladies, or Opposites should be changed from their proper form and usage.






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