Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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Now instead of the four cross-over steps back and forth, still in the dance position they take short steps in place, rotating half around to the right and pointing with the right. That is, each does a "right face" turn. Then they rotate back to the left and point again. Once more they rotate right and point, and then they return to the left and point, the lady always pointing with the opposite foot from the gentleman. This whole figure is repeated and again they waltz.
In the last figure they take an open position, side by side, the gentleman's right arm around the lady's waist and her left arm on his right shoulder, their outside arms hanging naturally at their sides. The first part of the step is the same except they move much more definitely forward and instead of the cross-over they turn together, letting go their waist and shoulder hold, and face each other and turn completely backward, taking a new hold this time with the gentleman's left arm around the lady's waist and her right hand on his shoulder, and they finish this measure pointing backward. The next measure in this reversed position, of course, carries them back where they started, and in place of the cross­over they turn together again, breaking holds, face forward taking their original hold and again finish by pointing forward.
They could, of course, repeat this turning back and front a couple of times in the last part, and they actually do. But instead of turning together to accomplish this, they turn away from each other, and, each pivoting around, they meet facing backward and both point. Then turning away from each other they turn until they face forward and point again; then away from each other and point backward, and away from each other and point forward again for the finish. They cannot hold on to each other at all in this last part, but the hands swing freely and usually come almost together over the pointing feet. The whole movement is flirtatious and graceful in the extreme. After repeating this whole last part they waltz again. And then the whole dance with all of its parts is repeated as many times as desired.
In teaching this last part it pays to use a "call" at first, as follows: