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American Square Dances
Head Couples Part
The First and Third Couples dance three steps forward and three steps backward, dance forward and swing their Opposites once around with a Two Hand Swing, then swing their Part­ners once around with a Two Hand Swing. The Head Couples now form a ring of four and circle once around clockwise, and dance the Do-si-do, after which they dance to their Corners and Promenade with Corners once around the set to the gentle­men's position.
Side Couples Part
As the Head Couples swing their Opposites in the center, the Side Couples swing their Partners once around with a Two Hand Swing, the gentlemen roll the ladies to their right side, facing center and separate from Partners, the ladies to the right, gentle­men to the left, each dancing to the next position in the set. There they meet their Opposites and swing once around with a Two Hand Swing, and again separate, dancing to the next position in the set. They meet their Partners and swing once around with a Two Hand Swing, separate as before, and dance to the next position, where they meet their Opposites, swing once around with a Two Hand Swing, separate as before, and dance to their home place. Partners meet at home place, swing once more with a Two Hand Swing, and then separate and dance toward their Corners and Promenade with Corners once around the set to the gentlemen's position.
The call is repeated three more times with the Head Couples leading, and then four times with the Side Couples leading the dance, eight changes in all.
It is very important in this dance that the gentlemen roll the ladies to their right side, facing the center, after each Two Hand Swing (the gentlemen release their left hands but hold






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