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of the West and Southwest
"Swing your Partners," once around. Gentlemen, release the lady's hand but keep your right hand at her back, which will cause the lady to "roll" to your right side, ready for the next call. That is the "Waltz Swing," usually once around. Always place your lady at your right side after a Waltz Swing.
All right-face. Gentlemen, take one step to the left and then step up alongside your Partners, joining right hands as you do so. Join your left hands over the joined right hands and you are in the "skating position." In this position dance all the way around the set counterclockwise, to the right and "Promenade your Partners" all the way around to your home place.
The First Lady dances to the Second Lady. They join both hands and circle once to the left, clockwise, until they are opĀ­posite their Partners. The two ladies dance home and all swing * their Partners once around.
The First, Second, and Third Ladies join hands in a ring of three in the center of the set, circle once around until back to their Partners, go home, and "everybody swings," once around.
All four ladies ("Four Little Sisters") form a ring, circle once to the left back to place, then go home; everybody swings once around, and Promenade the Set, counterclockwise until home again.
The call is repeated with the Second Lady leading the figure, then the Third Lady, and finally the Fourth Lady.
* While the Waltz Swing is given here, quite often the Two Hand Swing is used instead. Unless a specific kind of swing is called for, or required by the figure, any swing may be used. It is your dance. The Two Hand Swing is introduced in "Swing Old Adam" along with the One Hand and Elbow Swing, and is described on page $5.