Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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worked out the dance as given above and in this half-original form it is a great favorite with our dancers. Bear down eight is one of his phrases which we have retained, but for beginners, to whom you are teaching the dance circle eight would be more easily understood than the origi­nal phrase. In singing this to waltz time the caller will find himself adding the syllable, "ah" to many of the words in order to hold the rhythm as:
"Pass 'em by the right-ah! Pass fem by the left-ah!"
This adds to the charm of the call.
a)   The first and third gentlemen waltz across the set to the opposite ladies and take the places of each other.
b)   Each faces the opposite lady, and the lady and gen­tleman, starting with the right foot, advance with a waltz step to each other, taking right hands and pas­sing. They make a half turn back with a sort of waltz-balance step on the second measure. They pass each other touching left hands on the third, and turn back on the fourth.
c) The first and third gentlemen swing the opposite ladies once around with two waltz steps, and with four waltz steps return to places.
Pass *em by the left.