Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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they separate and the lady then waltzes to the right around the square, while the gentleman turns to the left.
h) Almost back to their own positions each turns and makes a deep bow to their corner. The inactive corners bow to each other at the same time.
j) All four gentlemen now turn to their own partners and make a deep bow.
k) They take their partners in dance position and dip back on their left feet, the women rocking forward on their right feet. (Each rises on the toe of this foot and then sinks; the one-two-three count becoming, step— rise—fall.) The couples then waltz around the square, timing it carefully to be back for the next repetition.
3. 1) All eight join hands and circle around to the left, m) On the word "whoa," they suddenly stop (and if they feel dramatic, look very hurt and surprised). Then each gentleman takes his partner in promenade posi­tion, and they march back to their own places.
n) Here each gentleman and his partner step back from each other four steps with a flourish, and then come together and swing twice around.
o) Each gentleman then swings his left-hand lady once around with his left hand (a regular allemande left) gives his right hand to his partner and does a regular right and left grand. However, since in a Western right and left grand each gentleman meets his partner in the opposite position (couple number one meets at number three's position) and there promenades with her, according to the old tradition, this is only a half right and left. In the olden times it would have had to continue on until he met her again In their own home position before they promenaded.
p) Therefore he now takes his partner by the right hand. They each pause a momeirf and make a deep curtey. They then eOntb&iw the right and left aftd meet again at their own position.
q) Here they taka their partners in promenade position aiid naapih around the square.

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