Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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CHEAT AND SWING
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THE EXPLANATION:
1.  See page 150 for explanation or substitute any other in­troduction given there.
2.  a) First lady leaves her partner and advances to second
couple.
b)   She attempts to swing with the second man—he either swings with her, or rejects her and swings with his partner. It gives rise to much laughter if the man is a good tease and keeps them both guessing, and if the girls are clever in cheating for the swing and do their best to leave the other in the lurch.
c)   She returns to her partner and swings with him often in consolation for having been left at her last attempt). If the second man has swung with her he usually now gives his partner a consolation swing while the first couple are swinging.
d)   She now advances and repeats (b) with the third couple and so on around.
3.  For explanation see page 156 or substitute any other end­ing given there.            * * *
This dance is used for the sake of comedy.
VARIATION:
This dance is sometimes called:
First couple out to the couple on the right, Cheat and swing and do as you like, Now circle four and docey-doe And lead right on to the next.
This can become so complicated that the following rules had better be established.
The active couple (that is, the couple called out) may either swing each other or either of them may swing any other dancer in the set.
The inactive dancers may only swing their own partners or swing with an active dancer if so chosen.
After the mixup you must get back with your own lady in your right hand for the circle four.
From the ending in 3, the caller may now and then sub­stitute cheat and szving for swing, when anyone may grab anyone else anywhere on the floor for the swing, then scurry back for the call go back home, and for a regular ending.






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