Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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Allemande Group
(2)   Ending:
Swing the left hand lady tvith your left hand, Right hand to partner and right and left grand. Meet your partner and promenade.
(Explanation: The simplest ending call for beginners since it specifically explains the "allemande" without using the word. Each gentleman takes the left hand lady's left hand in his own left hand and walks completely around her and back to place. This leaves partners now facing each other. They take right hands and pass each other giving left hands to the next lady or gentleman and so on around alternately right and left in a serpentine, the men moving counterclockwise, the column of women clockwise, until they meet their partners with whom they promenade (conĀ­tinuing in the men's direction or to the right) until they get back to their own positions.
See pages 47-53 for more complete discussion and for illustrations of the allemande.
(3)   Ending:
Allemande left with your left hand,
Right hand to partner,
And right and left grand.
Promenade eight when you come straight.
(Explanation: The commoner call and executed exactly the same as No. 2.)
(4)   Ending:
Swing your partners all around, Allemande left as you come doion, Grand right and left and so on around, Right foot up and left foot down, Make that big foot jar the ground, Now promenade your honey 'round.
(Explanation: No. 1 and No. 2 combined into one call which is expanded with "patter" to time more exactly. Execution same as No. 2 but with a preliminary swing.)