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DIVE FOR THE OYSTER, DESCRIPTION
The First Couple dances to the right and forms a ring of four with the Second Couple, which circles once clockwise. The Second Couple raise their joined hands to form an arch. The First Couple, all hands joined, dance two steps forward under this arch, and two steps backward. This is "Dive for the Oyster."
The First Couple now raise their joined hands to form an arch, and the Second Couple dance two steps forward and two steps backward under this arch, 'with all hands joined. This is "Dive for the Clam."
The Second Couple again raise their joined hands to form an arch, and the First Couple dance two steps forward under this arch, hut do not retire. Instead, they raise their joined hands overhead and turn outward, away from their Partners, under their own joined hands until they are facing the center of the set, and then dance over the Second Couple, with all hands joined, thus pulling the Second Couple through this arch in a "disbrag" turn under their own joined hands, so that the ring of four will be re-formed in the original facing. This is "Dive for the Sardine."
The ring of four is now broken for the first time since it was formed, and the Do-si-do is danced.
The First Couple repeats the figure with the Third Couple, and then with the Fourth Couple, after which all dance the chorus.
The call Is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples In turn leading the dance.






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