Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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b)   He lets go with his left hand and takes the second lady's hand while the first lady takes the second gen­tleman's hand and they all skip around once as a circle four.
c)   The first gentleman again lets go with his left hand and takes the third lady's hand, while the second lady takes the third gentleman's hand making a circle of six. They skip once around.
d)   Again the first gentleman lets go with his left hand and takes the fourth lady with it while the third lady takes the fourth gentleman, making a circle of eight which skips around for a few steps.
e)   And then the first man lets go his left hand again and skips in under the raised arms of the second couple, leading his partner and the second gentleman with him. This makes it necessary for the second gentle­man to "turn a dishrag" or turn in under his own right arm without breaking his hold.
The first gentleman turns to the right when he passes under and circles back again with the others following toward the middle of the original circle.
f)   He now leads the line under the raised arms of the third couple (the third gentleman this time "turning a dishrag" under his own right arm) and turns right once more circling around to the line, all of whom are still skipping and following him.
g)   He now leads them under the raised arms of the fourth couple and turns to the right as before for a few steps, then turns "wrong" or loops back to his left. He then "straightens them out" by turning right again and circling rout*$ until they ha>ve joined hands once more in ^skipping circle oi eigW.
3. a anci b) See pages 1S2 aB<J |# for ^explanation or sub­stitutions.

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