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American Square Dances
SASHAY FOUR TO THE RIGHT,* DESCRIPTION
The First Couple bow to Partners and then swing once around with a Waltz Swing, after which they dance across the set and pass side by side through the Third Couple to the outside of the set where the First Lady dances to her right and takes her place by the side of the Third Gentleman while the First Gentleman dances to his left and takes his place by the side of the Third Lady. Thus is formed a line of four facing the center with the Third Couple in the center of the line. All hands in the line are joined.
The line of four dances three steps forward and three steps backward. The First Gentleman leads the line of four (hands joined) to the right, behind the Fourth Couple, who join their "inside55 hands and reach back with their free hands to take the free hands of the dancers on either end of the line of four, forming a letter aD" with the Fourth Couple in front and the line of four in back, with all hands joined.
This "D" formation of six dances three steps forward and three steps backward. The Fourth Couple release their hands from the line of four and the First Gentleman leads the line of four to the right, stopping in the First Couple's position. The line of four dances three steps forward and three steps backward and the First Gentleman leads the line of four to the right behind the Second Couple with whom they form a letter "D" as they did with the Fourth Couple. The "D" dances three steps for­ward and three steps backward. The Second Couple release their hands from the dancers behind them and the First Gentle­man leads the line of four to the right, stopping in the Third Couple's position.
* The term "Sashay** as used in the call for this dance means to dance behind
the other couple with the same step that is used for ail other movements and figures in the Western Square Dance and should not be interpreted as the Quadrille sideward "Chasse"; the latter is not used in the Western dance, in which all movements and figures are danced with the usual Square Dance step.






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