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American Square Dances
men, in which case the dancers substitute the Forearm Swing, without instruction in the call. The reason for this is that the Elbow Swing can be very rough. The gentlemen are usually heavier and stronger than the ladies, and it is hard to gauge the pressure exerted in an Elbow Swing. Good manners and good
dancing restrict this swing to the gentlemen. The Elbow Swing is simply a linking of the right or left elbows by the gentlemen and a swing either one or one-and-a-half times around, according to the call and requirement of the figure. The Elbow Swing has a timing of six beats of music for once around, eight beats for once-and-a-half times around.
The Forearm Swing is danced by placing the open palm against the forearm of partners, elbows bent, forearms horizontal, bearing against the partner's forearm, achieving a tension hold,