Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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3. And everybody siting.
Notv allemande left with your left hand,
Right hand to partner and right and left grand,
Promenade eight ivhen you come straight.
Repeat 2 and 3 entire for second, third, and fourth
I am told there is a slight variation of this call which is heard on Cape Cod and goes:
Dig for the oyster, Delve for the clam, Take them all home, In an old tin can.
This is logical enough in a clam-digging country. But the call as I first heard it came from Arizona, where they have to dig through the canned goods in the commissary and take sardines perforce.
1.   See page 149 for directions or substitute any other intro­duction given there.
2.  a) First couple advances to the second couple, joins
hands with them, and the four circle to the left.
b) The first couple dives in under the raised arms of the second couple, and then steps back to place, all four still holding hands.
d) The second couple dives in under the arms of the first couple and back to place, all four still holding hands.
d) The first couple dives again under the arms of the second couple, this time passing through to the other side, all still holding hands. The first couple now raise their leading and joined hands and pass under this self-made arch in the old childhood figure, of "wring­ing the dishrag." In passing under their own joined hands, each turns to the outside or away from his partner (the gentleman pivoting left and the lady pivoting right). They now pull the second couple through after them under their still raised hands. The

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