Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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and they can run across the circle and join with them to complete their four. When they are well arranged and marching- smoothly four by four, you can call Keep your four columns moving while the gents go forward and the ladies turn back. This gets them milling1 even more amus­ingly until you call Pick the prettiest gal and dance.
To start the dance the caller often needs only to have the orchestra start a two-step and when they are all out on the floor dancing he can call Form a grand circle and go-on with the dance.
A typical form for the whole call might be something like this:
Circle Two-Step
Form your grand circle; Circle left (or Circle right) Forward and back. Now allemande left as you come down, Grand right and left and so on around, Right foot up and left foot down, Make that big foot far the ground, Now dance that pretty gal around.
a » » Form a grand circle— And so on as long as desired, introducing whatever variation he wishes after the two-step period and stopping the dance by stopping the music during a two-step.