Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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COWBOY DANCES
from his right side to his left side so that when they point with the left foot she is standing on his left, his left hand over her left shoulder and holding her left, while his right hand holds her right hand out to the right of her right shoulder.
This may sound a trifle complicated, but is really very easy to do with the music, as the lovely old melody almost directs you to cross over and point to the left.
As the musical phrase repeats itself on a lower note, they repeat the whole thing beginning with the left and crossing to the right. That is, they sweep back with the left, point with the left and step with the right. Again to the left they sweep-point-step. Then again they sweep left, point left, and step out right with the right, cross with the left as the lady crosses over in front of the gentleman, and finish again pointing with the right.
Then the melody changes a little and directs them to cross back and forth twice, with the same cross-over step as the last half of the preceding; that is, they sweep back right, point right, step left, cross with the right, and point with the left; then (2) sweep left, point left, step right and cross left, and point right; then (3) sweep right, point right, step left, cross right, and point left; and (4) sweep left, point left, step right, cross left, and point right. The cross­ing foot always steps in behind the stationary foot.
Now this whole figure repeats itself as many times as desired. It is much pleasanter, however, to repeat it only once and then swing into sixteen measures of waltz before repeating it two more times, and so on.
I usually teach this step to a group by calling with the music:
Sweep, point, step,
Sweep, point, step,
Siveep, point, step, cross, point.
Sweep, point, step,
Sweep, point, step,
Siveep, point, step, cross, point;
Siveep, point, step, cross, point; Sweep, point, step, cross, point; Siveep, point, step, cross, point; Siveep, point, step, cross, point.






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