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American Square Dances
other in the center with a Right and Left Through to face the Side Couples who have just wheeled around in their home places.
The First and Second Couples, and the Third and Fourth Couples, are now facing each other. They form two rings of four which circle clockwise once around. Both rings break and dance the Do-si-do. The Head Couples "balance home" as they wheel out of the Do-si-do. All now dance the Allemande Left and Grand Right and Left half around, meeting Partners with a Right Forearm Swing and continuing around the set with the "Once and a Half" to home place where Partners meet and all Promenade once around the set.
The call is repeated with the Side Couples leading the dance. Short dances such as the "Right Hand Pass" are usually length­ened by the use of one of the finish calk
Right Hand Pass, Call
First and Third out to the right,
Around that couple with a Right Hand Pass,
Back to the center with a Once and a Half.
Once and a Half and face the Sides,
Right and Left Through across the floor,
To the other side and back once more.
Right and Left Eight across the track,
Turn around and come right back.
Right and Left Eight 'till you're back to place,
Heads and Sides stand face to face, and
Form two rings and make them go,
Bow and smile and Do-si-do.
Swing 'em high and swing 'em low,
Swing them all with that Do-si-do.
One more change, one more swing,
Balance back to your place in the ring.

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