Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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Change—a) complete call for one square dance, b) to exchange partners.
Circle four—two couples face each other, join hands and circle to the left, or clockwise.
Circle eight—four couples face center of square, join hands, and circle to the left, or clockwise.
Circle left—a group holding hands circles clockwise.
Circle right—the same except to circle counterclockwise.
Close—to bring one foot to the side of the other.
Come straight—when you come to, or meet your partner, in a grand right and left.
Corner—in any square the dancer next to you who is not your partner (see next definition).
Corner lady (or girl)—the lady standing to the gentleman's left in the square.
Corner man—the gentleman standing to the lady's right in a square.
Cut away—usually used with a number such as six, four, or two. To cut away six is to pass through opposite couple, separate from your partner, and each circle around their half of the remaining six, lady to right and gentleman to left. To cut away four—sepa­rate from your lady and each pass around the couple on either side —or four in all. To cut away two—separate, and each pass around corner, which is one on each side or two.
Dance position—regular ballroom position—lady and gentleman stand face to face, with the lady's right hand in the gentleman's extended left hand and her left hand on his right shoulder or upper arm. His right arm encircles her, and his right hand should be held about at her left shoulder blade though it is usually and incorrectly lower or farther around.
Dip—the first or introductory step on the first bar of the waltz. The gentleman rocks back on his left foot with his other foot lifted in the air in front while the lady rocks forward on her right foot and holds her other foot free of the floor behind her. The count is step— one, rise on toes, two, fall to heel, three (all done on one foot). On the next bar go directly into regular waltz starting with the foot which has been held in the air during first bar.
Divide the ring—a couple crosses square to opposite couple and passes between them.
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