Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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FIGURE EIGHT
The more elaborate figure is danced as follows:
e) The first lady and third gentleman advance and join right hands and turn half around. They let go, re­verse, join left hands, and turn half back. Still hold­ing left hands, each takes his own partner with right hands. This makes a line of four, with the ladies facing second couple and the men facing fourth couple. All four balance by rocking forward on their right feet and closing with their left, then rocking backward on their right feet and closing with the left. They repeat this forward and back balance, the ladies and gentlemen going opposite directions and lightly swaying back and forth past each other (or if they prefer balancing together, they may all balance toward the fourth couple, then all toward the second).
g) The first lady and third gentleman let go each other's hands, and each couple pivots around their own clasped hands (individuals circling forward) and the first gentleman and third lady now take hands to reform a line of four,
h) The first lady marches directly forward leading the line behind and around the fourth couple (starting through the opening between first and fourth posi­tions) and continues the figure eight by crossing the square diagonally and encircling the second couple (starting around them through the opening between second and first positions).
j) As the line of four crosses the diagonal of the square again, the first gentleman and third lady let go their holds. Each couple pivots around their own clasped hands. The first lady and third gentleman now take hands, reforming the line of four with the first gentleman in the lead. He now leads the line in a figure eight around the same path taken by his lady. As the circle of four closes the men are left back to back (Kentucky way). They let go left hands, and then swing the right hand girl behind them (as in a docey-doe) then the opposite girl with the left hand, then their own with the right again, and so balance home.






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