Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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unison with their right feet and touching their left toes in
unison, a lovely smooth waving motion is given to the circle.
If the caller wishes to indicate this form-, he can call:
Eight hands over,
Ladies botv and gents botv under.
California Shoiv Basket. What a wonder!
Then if he wishes an intermediate form that is full of good comedy, he can call:
Eight hands over,
Ladies bow and gents bow under.
Set 'em up! And spin like thunder!
The men in this case sweep their arms down below the ladies' knees and literally lift them up, so that the ladies are sitting on these intertwined arms at the height of the men's shoulders. If they lean back and out they can form an awkward-looking Etruscan-vase effect, but I laugh more when they lean over and pound the men on the head and squeal, "Let me down! Let me down!"
Now if the caller wants the real MacKoy with lots of action he calls:
Flap them, boys, and flap like thunder!

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