Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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The Framework
E ACH square dance opens with an introductory figure. There are several standard introductions. Any one of these can be substituted for any other according to the fancy of the caller; in fact, he should use enough different introductions during the evening to assure variety.
There are also many different standard ways of calling the "grand chorus," or ending, for each section of the dance. These endings likewise should be shuffled and changed and chosen for the sake of variety.
The docey-doe "call" or the "subchorus" also has many variations, especially in the patter which fills it out. A good caller should make use of all these variations, shifting and changing them to suit his own fancy and to please his crowd.
For each of these dances given in the next section, there is given a standard introduction and a standard ending, chosen more or less at random. This will help the beginner and give him a complete call, as it will help the literary dilettante who may also want an example of a complete call. But for those given an experienced caller must substitute introductions and endings of his own choice.
In the following pages we have assembled some of these framework elements of the dance, so he will have them all in one place and be able more easily to make his choice and his own substitutions. In fact, he should get them all so well in mind that their use is instinctive.
See page 56 for description of square position. Each term will be described fully the first time it is used in this section. Refer back or turn to the glossary if the same term is used later without explanation.