Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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RATTLESNAKE TWIST
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This call, only partly remembered by him, was given me by an old-time caller up at Missouri Lake, Colorado.
THE EXPLANATION:
1.  See page 149 for explanation or substitute any introduc­tion given there.
2.  a) After all joining hands and circling to the left, the
first couple breaks the circle by letting go each other's hands.
b)   The first gentleman passes under the raised arms of the fourth couple behind the fourth gentleman, in front of the third lady, between the third couple and behind the third gentleman, and so on until he has woven in and around everyone in the line. The whole line is still holding hands and without a break passes in and out after him through the full set.
As the fourth lady passes under, she has to pass under her own left hand, and, without breaking holds, pass this left hand down behind her head and out behind her. Each lady has to do this half dishrag as she passes under her own hand. But the gentlemen find that since the line passes behind them they have to do a complete right about face under their own left arms before they can follow on after the leader.
c)   As the line straightens out and everyone has passed under, the first lady turns back and leads the line in reverse under the raised hands of the second couple, around the lady and back between second and third couple, in under the raised arms of third couple, etc., in and out through the whole line.
In this case, as the second gentleman follows in under his own right ana, he passes it down behind his head and out behind* Mm, Each of the other gentle­men in turn have to do the same. But the ladies, this time have to do a complete left about face under their own right axm$.
When the line is straightened out the first couple rejoin bands and they all circle to the left.
3.  See page 152 for explanation or substitute any other ending given there.