Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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3. And everybody swing,
Now allemande left with your left hand. Right hand to partner and right and left grand. And promenade, oh, promenade!
Repeat 2 and 3 entire for second, third, and fourth gentlemen.
1.   See page 148 for directions or substitute any other intro­duction given there.
2.  a) The first gentleman leaves his partner and advances to
the second lady.
b)   He bows to her politely.
c)   He bows to her with any exaggerated piece of clown­ing he can think of.
d)   He goes down, perhaps on both knees to her, with a deep salaam to her or perpetrates any extreme non-
' sense that occurs to him.
e)   He swings her once around.
f)   He swings her faster and twice around.
g)   He swings her furiously several times around.
h) He advances to third lady and repeats all with her and then on to the fourth.
3.  See page 152 for explanation or substitute any other end­ing given there.
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This silly dance is used to raise a laugh and lighten the spirits if a program is bogging down. It must be done with mock chivalry and a great deal of clowning. It is a favorite with one of my caller friends, but he prefers to use it with a new group who are not acquainted with it. In this case the man does not try for accumulative comedy as in the directions above, but is surprised and embarrassed at having to bow again and then again, and then having to swing again and again. The comedy arises from his discomfiture.

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