Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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TYPES OF DANCES
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as the caller may direct. Then the dance can take any of several directions. In fact, these directions are so various that the dance may move into a sort of symmetry or take almost any form, and so I doubt whether this is a true type, although we often loosely call it a type.
For instance, in one case, after the first couple prome­nades the outside ring the lady goes half way 'round again (and by so doing gives the name to the dance). This leaves her in a line of three with the third couple, and leaves her gentleman standing alone. He now becomes a single visitor and swings each lady in turn making the dance distinctly of the single visitor type.
We will find the first dance of the next section The Grand March Change, which distinctly belongs in that section, starting with the Promenade the inside ring, so I doubt if this is a true type at all.
Intermingling Type
Some of our finest dances are here, but since all the sets intermingle with each other in one long line they are not dances for beginners. They are, however, packed with fun for those advanced enough to execute them. The Grand March Change is perhaps the best liked of all of them. If all your sets are arranged in one line down a narrow hall, the first couple of each set promenades the inside ring and faces the wall, that is, faces outward from the set and toward the head of the hall. The second couples then prom­enade and fall in behind them, the ends (or third couples who are already facing the head of the hall) move up be­hind them, and the sides (or the fourth couple) move into line behind the thirds. All the dancers on the floor are now in one double column, and the old-fashioned grand march is done by ones, twos, fours, and eights. To be sure, if your hall is wide and you have too many sets to form in one line down the middle of the hall, you may have to form a line down either side. In this case you will have two double columns facing the head of the hall. And each column will have to execute its own grand march without intermingling with the other, and by staying always on its own half of the floor.
After many possible variations of the Grand March you end with an eight by eight, or a column eight, and each set, of course, forms one of these groups of eight abreast. Now,






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