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American Square Dances
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The First Couple bow to each other and then swing once around with a Waltz Swing, after which they dance to the Second Couple with whom they form a ring of four which circles- half around. Hands of the opposite couple are released; holds with Partners are retained. The Second Couple raise their joined hands high in an arch and dance over the First Couple to the outside of the set where they wheel around counter­clockwise with inside hands joined. At the same time, the First Couple dances under the arch formed by the Second Couple, and across the set to face the Fourth Couple, raise their joined hands high in an arch and dance over the Fourth Couple, who at the same time dance under the arch formed by the First Couple. The First Couple wheel counterclockwise with inside hands joined, while the Fourth Couple dance across the set and arch over the Second Couple. The Second Couple dance under this arch and continue across the set to the Fourth Couple's position, while the Fourth Couple wheel around counterclock­wise, inside hands joined, in the Second Couple's position. The Second Couple arch over the couple they meet, the First Couple (who are in the Fourth Couple's position), while the First Couple dance under this arch to the center of the set where they swing once around with a Waltz Swing, while the Second Couple wheel in the Fourth position.
The First Couple now dance to the Third Couple with whom they form a ring of four which circles clockwise once around. The First Lady, the "Bird," steps into the center of this ring which now circles three hands clockwise, while the "Bird" turns counter, to her own left. The First Gentleman, the "Crow," and the First Lady exchange places, the First Lady joining the ring of three which continues to circle clockwise around the "Crow," who turns counter, to his own left. The First Gentle-






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