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American Square Dances
giving left hands to their Partners, who place their right hands at the ladies' backs and wheel them around to again face the opposite couple. This is a full "Two Ladies Chain," with a separate call for each half of the movement, which is the rule in the Western Square Dance.
The couples facing each other now form two rings of four and circle once clockwise until the Head Couples have their backs to the center and the Side Couples are in their home place; all dance the Do-si-do, then "balance home" and all swing Partners once around with a Waltz Swing.
The next call is "Four Ladies Chain." The four ladies join right hands in the center of the set and circle clockwise to their Opposite Gentlemen with whom they join left hands. The gentlemen receive the ladies by placing their right hands at the ladies' backs and wheeling them around counterclockwise. Then they send the ladies back to the center, where they join right hands and circle clockwise to their own Partners, joining left hands with the gentlemen, wTho wheel the ladies around as before. The Four Ladies Chain is the same action as a Two Ladies Chain except that four ladies dance instead of two.
The chorus is now danced, after which the call is repeated with Side Couples leading the dance. A long introduction should be called for this short figure, such as Introductory Call Eight, which requires sixty-four measures of music.






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