Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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COWBOY DANCES
if they are directed to circle eight, the two end dancers of each eight circle around and take hands so as to form a closed ring, and a swing and a promenade will put them all back in regular position on the floor as the sets were at the beginning of the dance. Or you can slip in as many com­plicated figures as you like before you promenade them to their home positions.
The other dances of this intermingling type can be danced either entirely within each set as a unit or inter­mingling with other sets for the length of the hall. Perhaps it will be best to get a picture of their structure within a single unit before complicating them with too much intermingling.
The essential pattern is achieved by moving the first couple to the second and calling for a four and a half, which means for them to join hands and circle four half way around. This leaves the first couple facing the center of the set, the second couple with their backs to the center and beyond them the fourth couple. This puts three couples in a row. If the first couple, with some such figure as a right and left through or an arch, passes through the second, they are facing the fourth. Now as they pass through the fourth with the same figure, the second couple can be turning around and again face the center of the set. The fourth, having passed through, is now in the middle facing the second. The fourth passes through the second while the first turns around, now leaving the second and first facing each other for another pass through. And so they could go on, shuttling back and forth forever.
Now, if there were another set, the two sets could shuttle across the hall with six couples passing through each other alternately, in which case each couple must remember to go clear to each wall and back before they are home and all straightened out. Or if the second couple leads out to the third on the first repetition of the dance, second, third, and first couples are in line in each set, and if there are many sets on the floor each couple can pass through to the ends of the hall and back.
If a half dozen sets intermingle in line to the two ends of the hall and back it will prove quite enough, and the odd couples will simply have to stand and await their turns. In a single set we often call only four passes, which leaves the active couple in the center, and the side couples each stand-






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