Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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THE ROUND DANCES                               73
over their closed arms and moving with a long, gliding step, they can achieve quite a Spanish, tangolike grace.
The young dancers at our school have invented a wild variation all their own with which they amuse themselves mightily. They walk to the left three steps in the North Park way, but instead of closing their feet together on the fourth bar they pivot on their outside feet (the man's left, the lady's right), and do a complete revolution away from each other, coming together just in time for the sashay. They finish their walk in the other direction with another furious pivot preceding the sashay. And at the close of the waltz they do two complete revolutions away from each other in place of the slide-close sashay. They end with a deep bow if they get around in time. But this is just for fun and most decidedly is not an authentic variation of the Rye Waltz.
The Schottische
This is a delightful round dance, delightful both to do and to watch. The music can be found in the Pioneer Collec­tion of Old-Time Dances referred to earlier. And Ford's arrangement is the form we like best, with three parts each with a full repeat.
In the usual form the dancers stand side by side, the man's right arm around the lady's waist, and the lady's left hand on the man's shoulder. Starting with the outside feet (the man's left and the lady's right), they take three light running steps and then hop as they swing their inside feet up and forward. Then starting with the inside feet (the man's right and the lady's left) they take three running steps and a hop while they swing their outside feet up and forward. Then, facing each other, the man takes the lady's right hand in his left, which puts them now in the regular dance position, and in this position they take four step-hops (beginning with the man's left and the lady's right foot) while they rotate once around to the man's right. The com­plete pivot leaves them facing forward again, and they let go hands and face forward, retaining only the waist-shoulder position, and repeat the whole thing.
To describe with more detail it may be best to note carefully the man's part, understanding that the woman uses always the opposite foot and the corresponding motion.