Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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OLD ARKANSAW                                     231
Repeat 2 and 3 entire for second, third, and fourth ladies.
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This call is sometimes heard: Swing that Indian, Swing that squaw, And now that boy from Arkansaw.
Or when it is wished to send the gentlemen around in­stead of single ladies, it is:
First gent oat to the couple on the right,
Swing yoar maw,
Swing your paiv,
And don't forget your mother-in-law.
Don't forget to swing grandmaw.
THE EXPLANATION: This is a dance used for the sake of its comedy.
1.  See page 148 for explanation or substitute any other introduction given there.
2.  a) First lady advances to the second couple.
b)   She takes regular swing position with the second man and they swing once around.
c)   She takes regular swing position with the second lady (which is a bit confusing and provocative of laughter since neither lady knows which will take the man's position) and they swing once around.
d)   She returns to her partner and swings with him,
e)   She goes on to the third couple and does the same with them, then on to the fourth couple.
3.  See page 154 for explanation or substitute any other end­ing given there.
Note: When lady swings with lady or man swings with man, this awkwardness can be avoided if each grasps the arms of the other just below the shoulders, thus making their holds identical.

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