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BIRD IN THE CENTER, SEVEN HANDS 'ROUND with Birds in the Center, Crows Go Around finish, DESCRIPTION
The First Lady dances to the right and swings the Second Gentleman by the right hand, then dances back to her Partner and swings him by the left hand. The First Lady now dances across the set and swings her Opposite (Third Gentleman) by the right hand and then dances back to her Partner whom she swings by the left hand. Then she dances to her left-hand gentleman (the Fourth Gentleman), swings him by the right hand, and dances back home; she swings her Parmer by the left hand, finishing this swing by taking her place in the center of the set while the other seven dancers form a ring around her and circle clockwise half around the set while the First Lady turns counterclockwise, to her own left. The First Gentleman and the First Lady now exchange places and the ring of seven con­tinues to circle clockwise while the First Gentleman turns counterclockwise, to his own left. As the dancers reach their home place, all swing their Partners once around with a Waltz Swing and then dance the Allemande Left, Grand Right and Left half around, and Promenade Partners to place.
The call is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth Ladies in turn leading the dance, after which the finish is called with ail four ladies dancing the figure at once. As the four ladies cross the set together, they must allow the lady on their left to have the right of way and cross- in front of them. After the final One Hand Swing with Partners, the four ladies step to the center and form a ring with their arms around each other's shoulders while the four gentlemen form a ring around the ladies. The ladies' ring circles counterclockwise, to the right, while the gentlemen circle clockwise7 to the left, around the

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