Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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Stepclose—to step with one foot and close the other foot to the side of it.
Swing—to take a slightly modified dance position and circle round each other in place, that is, stand face to face with your partner, the gentleman extends his left arm and supports the lady's right hand in his left hand. She places her left hand on his right shoulder or upper arm, and his right arm partly encircles her waist. They usually stand a little off center so their right hips almost touch each other. Then with a light walking step they circle around each other in place, going in a clockwise direction, and usually making two complete circles around each other.
They may also swing around each other holding single hands, both hands, or hooking elbows when so directed.
Three hands round—three persons join hands in a ring facing inward, and circle to the left.
Third couple—the couple opposite the first couple.
Tip—usually when the sets are called out on the floor for a square dance, two complete changes or dances are called, with a slight pause between them. They are called the first tip and the second tip.
Trot 'em home—promenade back to original positions.
Turn right back—in the grand right and left when the gentlemen meet their own partners each takes his partner by the right hand and completely encircles her so that he is facing the opposite direction. The grand right and left is now repeated in the opposite direction, the gentlemen now circling clockwise while the ladies circle counterclockwise.