American Square Dances of The West
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This section of the book is for classroom discussion and study off the dance floor. It is designed for the student and the leader.
Every square dancer should know these directions in detail, but long discussions and explanations are not for the dance floor. There we should dance.
Section Two of this book is the presentation to the dancers on the floor, with instructions and explanations kept to a mini­mum, in words which present the figures and movements in the briefest manner consistent with thorough understanding of the dance.
For the dancers—dance first and study afterwards. The leader must study before calling and leading. Use the proper part of this book in the proper place.
The Square Dance is logical. Generations of people dancing together for pleasure and enjoyment have evolved and developed the easiest and most logical ways of doing these movements. There is no right or wrong way, but there is a hard and an easy way to execute every movement, and the easiest way is always the best, most enjoyable, and lives to become traditional. It is interesting to note that the history of the dance shows that whenever someone evolves an easier, better way to dance any figure or movement, the oldest tradition changes to conform with this newer but easier method. It's the old rule of "Doing what comes naturally." That is the tradition of the Square Dance.
The only wrong things you can do in the Square Dance are to dance roughly, be inconsiderate of others in your set or on the floor with you, or to be careless in your dress, manners, or dancing.