Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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first gentleman goes on alone to the third couple and joins hands with them while they all three circle to the left.
c)   The first gentleman takes the third lady on with him (leaving the third gentleman standing alone), and advances with her to the fourth couple. As he does so he changes her from his left hand to his right hand so that she is on his right side when they come to the fourth couple. They join hands with them and the four circle to the left.
d)   He now leaves the third lady with the fourth couple (standing in a line of three with hands joined and the third lady on the left of the fourth gentleman) and returns to his place where he stands alone.
e)   The six dancers standing in the side positions (the second and fourth men each with a lady on either side of him) advance four steps and retire four steps.
f)   The two dancers standing alone (the first and third gentlemen) each advance and retire four steps.
g)   The two threes now advance to each other and pass through so that each exchanges place with the other three. In passing through each gives his right hand to the opposite person, thus passing to the left of him (in most dances the old English traffic rule of passing to the left survives).
h) The two men advance to each other, touch right hands, and pass each other to the left. Each continues until he stands in the other's place. In repeating (e) to (h) they all pass back and stand in own positions.
j) Each gentleman now swings the girl on his left—that is, his corner girl on his left. He then returns to his partner and swings her back into home position.
3. See page 153 for explanation or substitute any other end­ing given there.
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If the second call is used the first and third gentlemen advance to and join hands with the three on their right. This makes two groups of four, who each circle to the left and then do a docey-doe (see page 160). After swinging to home position they are ready for any ending that may be called.

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