Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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First couple out to the couple on the right (a)
Arid circle four;
Leave that girl, go on to the next                     (b)
And circle three;
Take that girl and go on to the next                  (c)
And circle four;
Leave that girl and go home alone.                   (d)
Though it sounds a little complicated, it is very simple to execute, (a) The first couple moves over to the right and faces the second couple. All four join hands and circle to the left, or clockwise. As they come around to the full circle (b) the first man lets go with both hands and moves on alone to the third couple. This leaves his lady standing with the second couple, still holding the second man's left hand with her right hand. The three stand in a straight row, with the second man in the middle between the two ladies.
The first man, having gone on to the third couple, joins hands with them, and the three circle once around to the left. (c) The first man and the third lady now break their hold with the third man and leave him standing alone, while they both go on to the fourth couple. As they advance to the fourth couple, and this is very important, the first man changes the lady from his left hand to his right hand, so she will be on his right side. (Remember that always when a couple approaches another, the ladies must stand on the right side of the men.) All four (the fourth couple, the third lady, and the first man) join hands and circle to the left once around, (d) Then the first man lets go his hold, and returns to his first position—goes home alone. This leaves the third lady standing to the left of the fourth couple, the three of them in a row.
This is simply a maneuver to move the first lady over to stand in a row of three, while the third lady stands with the fourth couple in a row of three directly opposite them. The first and third men stand opposite each other and alone.
The call continues:
Forward six and fall back six;                       (a)
Forward two and fall back two;                        (b)
Forward six and pass right through;                 (c)
Forward two and pass right through.                (d)
On the call Forward six, or (a) each row of three on either side takes four steps forward toward the other, then

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