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RIGHT HAND PASS, DESCRIPTION
The Head Couples (First and Third) dance to face the couples on their right and then separate from their Partners, ladies to the right and gentlemen to the left, and dance around the Side Couples they faced. Partners meet behind the Side Couples with a "Right Hand Pass" which is simply the action of taking right hands with partners and passing by each other to continue the encircling movement around the Side Couples. The Head Couples meet their Partners in the center of the set with a Right Forearm Swing one-and-a-half times around, after which the Head Couples face the Side Couples they encircled.
All now dance a "Right and Left Eight" movement. The Head Couples dance a Right and Left Through with the Side Couples they are facing, taking left hands with Partners as soon as they have passed by their opposites and wheel around counter­clockwise to face the center of the set. The gentlemen place their right hands at the ladies* backs in the wheel, exactly as in a Do-si-do finish. The two Side Couples pass through the Head Couples to the center of the set but do not wheel around. In­stead, they pass through the couple they meet with a Right and Left Through and continue across the set to face the Head Couples who have just completed their wheel-around movement. The couples facing now dance the Right and Left Through, the Side Couples wheeling to face the center while the Head Couples pass through each other with a Right and Left Through and continue across the set to face the Side Couples who have just completed their wheel-around. The couples facing dance a Right and Left Through. The Head Couples wheel around in the Side positions while the Side Couple Right and Left Through in the center, continuing across the set to their home places where they dance a Right and Left Through with the Head Couples. The Head Couples in turn pass through each






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