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TEXAS STAR, DESCRIPTION
Texas Star.
The "Texas Star" is one of the most beautiful patterns of the Square Dance. Here Is the top version of It, the way It is danced In Austin, Texas, and as it Is called by Lillie Lee Baker of that city.*
The ladles dance to the center with a curtsey and return to place. As the ladies dance to place', the gentlemen dance forward and form a Right Hand Star which circles clockwise half around. The gentlemen reverse the star by breaking with a right-face turn and forming a Left Hand Star which circles counter­clockwise. The gentlemen pass by their Partners with a slight bow (the ladies curtsey), and offer their right arms to the next
* When instmcting this dance, it is well to have the dancers stop in place at the completion of each movement, explaining the next movement before the dancers walk through it. The dancers must understand that the person who is picked up to form the Double Star is their Parmer for the balance of that change, and is the person with whom they Promenade in the chorus. In the Western Square Dance, the Promenade is always to the gentleman's position in the set. The Eastern custom is to Promenade to the lady's position when dancing with Right Hand Ladies only.






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