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American Square Dances
The First Gentleman only releases his Partner's hand and leads the line of four dancers through the Third Couple, then behind the Third Lady to the center of the set to describe a counterclockwise circle, and then leads the line of four through the Third Couple again, and around the Second Gentleman, continuing this clockwise movement until he meets the Third Lady. The First, Second, and Third Couples now form a ring of six which circles once clockwise until the First Gentleman is opposite the Fourth Couple.
The First Gentleman only releases the Third Lady's hand and leads the line of six dancers through the Fourth Couple and behind the Fourth Lady to the center of the set to describe a counterclockwise circle, and then leads the line of six dancers through the Fourth Couple again, and around die Fourth Gentle­man, continuing this clockwise movement until he meets the Fourth Lady with whom he joins hands to form a ring of eight.
The ring of eight circles clockwise until all are opposite their home place. Break the ring and all dance the Do-si-do, finishing the movement by pivoting into the skating position instead of the usual wheel-around, and all Promenade with Partners to home place.
The call is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples leading tie dance in turn.
joined left hands as the dancers pivot counterclockwise on the final "Left hands to Partners" movement of the Do-si-do.
Dancers should literally "Take the ladies by the wrist" in this dance. Otherwise, the hands will be tightly gripped in order to hold the line of dancers as they do the "Grape Vine Twist," in which quice a bit of 'Vhip" is generated by the pattern of the figure.
The gentleman who will lead the dance is designated on the last four beats of the preceding "Promenade" call, prompting the next leading gentleman ahead of the change.