Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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touched their right toe forward and then back and then did three polka steps forward—right, left, right, hop; left, right, left, hop; right, left, right, hop. They then repeated all of this beginning with the left foot. On the next movement the man crossed the lady over and back twice as follows: First touching the right toe forward and then back, they followed by doing a cross-over step instead of a polka step. The gentleman let go the lady's right hand and still holding her by the left helped her turn in front of him with three steps, he in the meantime taking his steps in a stationary position. The lady was then on his left side, facing directly backward, their four shoulders in a straight line and facing in oppo­site directions. They now each touched their left toe for­ward and back, but since they faced in opposite directions this made a graceful position, with the left foot of each almost touching that of the other. Now instead of a polka step, the lady crossed back to place passing under the man's left arm, and doing a left-face turn as she passed under. She then stood again on his right side, and he reached over her right shoulder and again took her right hand. They touched right toes forward and back again and she again crossed over to his left side, facing backward. Then touch­ing left toes forward and back, she crossed under his left arm and passed back into place on his right side. Now the whole dance was repeated as many times as desired.
The Waltz
The best of all round dances is the waltz. It is often danced as a single number, and in our Western dancing is even more often a part of one of the other round dances, and appears in many squares such as the Waltz Quadrille.
In the great majority of cases it is danced incorrectly. And the people who dance it incorrectly, alas, always insist that they are waltzing. They are really doing a smooth two-step to waltz time, a dance that is called the redowa. There was a time when it was listed on the old dance programs as such, but today its execution is hopelessly confused with the waltz and it has claimed the name of the waltz. A modern dance orchestra seldom plays a waltz. It is unpopu-