American Square Dances of The West
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(Introducing the Square Dance)
Form your sets of four couples each. Gentlemen, place your Partner on your right. The lady on your right is always your Partner.
Join your hands in a circle at easy arm's length and move your circle either right or left until all couples are square with the walls of the room. Drop your hands; ladies, step up alongĀ­side your Partners and you have a square of the proper size.
The place where you are now standing is your home place. Unless otherwise directed, always come back to this position in the set after a figure has been danced.
The couple with their backs to the music and the caller, is Couple One. The couple at the right of Couple One is Couple Two. The couple facing the music and the caller is Couple Three and the couple at their right is Couple Four.
Square dancing is done to calls and music. Listen to, and follow, both. Be quiet when instructions or calls are being given.
No particular step is used in the Western Square Dance. Simply move in time with the music, keeping your shoulders level, your -feet on the floor, and dance! That is all. The music and the call will tell you what to do and when.