Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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A flourish!
Used sometimes instead of "All set" or "Ready now" before the dance figure begins.
Everybody in your places, Straighten up your faces, Loosen up your belly-bands Tighten up your traces For another long pull.
In Colorado I have always heard this given without the third line. But in Arizona this third line proved the favorite.
(1)   Introduction:
Honors right and honors left,
All join hands and circle to the left,
Break and swing and promenade back.
(Explanation: The call is always for the men, with the ladies doing the complementary step. Therefore, the men bow to their partners, on their right, then to the ladies on their left. Then all eight join hands and circle around to the left until the call break. They then take a modified dance position (almost face to face with the man's right arm around the lady's waist, his left hand extended and sup­porting her right hand, and her left hand resting on his shoulder. It is best for them to stand a little off center with right hip against right hip.) They swing around or pivot twice to the right (in the direction each is facing). They then take the promenade position (side by side with the lady to the right and with hands grasped, right in right and left in left, and the man's right arm crossed over the lady's left) and in this position march back (counterclockwise) to their original positions, ready for the main part of the dance.
See pages 58-62 for more complete discussion and for illustrations.
(2)   Introduction:
Salute your company and the lady on the left, All join paddies and circle to the left, Break and swing and promenade back.
(A variant in call of the same introductory figure de­scribed above.)