Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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two couples in action and two couples awaiting their turns. Of course, with experts the two odd couples may get in action too, just to make it more fun, but they have to scamper to be back in position in time to receive the visiting couple. And it is unwise for beginners to try this.
The simple figure used around the square in this dance is called:
First couple out to the couple on the right, Form a star xoith the right hand cross. Back toith the left and don't get lost. swing your opposite tuith your right, Noiv your partner with your left, And on to the next.
The first couple simply walks over and faces the second couple. All four dancers grasp right hands at about the level of their heads, thus forming a star, and holding hands they march around to the left, or in a clockwise direction, until the next phrase of the call is given. They then let go their holds and each swings in toward the others (a right-face turn) and they grasp all four left hands at their head level and circle back to the right or in a counterclockwise direction.
On the last part of the call they let go each other's hands, and each man takes the opposite lady's right hand in his right and swings her completely around behind him. This brings them all into position so each man can then take his partner's left hand in his left and swing her around.
The second couple swings back into position and stands as they were at the beginning, while the first couple swings around and faces the third couple, with whom they repeat the whole figure, as the call is repeated for them.
The caller must be careful of his timing. It is best to allow just enough time in the Right hand cross for them all to take about four steps in this direction, then to reverse them with the Left hand cross, allowing time for only about four steps in this direction. Then let the opposites and the partners swing. In fact, it all times up with the music best if four or eight counts are allowed for each part of the figure.
As soon as the first couple reaches the third couple the caller must repeat the call again, and then again for the fourth couple. At the conclusion of this figure instead of