Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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COWBOY DANCES
the gentlemen not being able to tell which direction to go for the lady on the right. This is because some of them may be facing the center of the square when the call comes, in which case they will really get the right lady; but those who have their backs to the center at the moment, of course, go in just the opposite direction and grab the wrong lady. It is easiest for the men to remember to move on in their regular promenade direction (which, of course, is a circle to the right), and take the next lady, in which case it makes no difference how they were facing when the call came.
There are two endings which have an identical execution, but the calls are worded differently.
Promenade in single file
And just let me remind you
To turn right back in the same old track
And swing that girl behind you.
This call usually comes after a swing, and all that must be remembered is to put the ladies down in front of the gentlemen before the single file promenade begins; then turning back (with a turn to the outside) the gentlemen swing each lady in turn and put each one down in front of them until after four promenades they get their own ladies again.
Promenade in single file
Lady in the lead in Indian style
Turn right back and swing 'em awhile.
From this call the dancers, of course, do exactly the same thing, repeating four times until they meet their own part­ners. But my dancers always take this call literally and on the words "in Indian style" they all crouch in war-dance tra­dition, and with their hands over their mouths, give a series of war whoops. It makes a pleasant variation, and the dancers seem to enjoy it. So I always alternate these two calls while doing the series of four repetitions, and it seems to work out better that way.






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