Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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Gent goes wrong—the gentleman turns to the left when his lady is directed to turn to the right.
Grand right and left—each couple in a square join right hands and pass each other, so that the ladies advance clockwise and the gen­tlemen advance counterclockwise. Each gentleman touches left hands with the next lady and passes on beyond her while she con­tinues in the opposite direction; he then touches right hands with the next lady and they pass each other. Then he touches left hands with the next and passes her. This brings him to his own lady, with whom he joins right hands, and turns to the promenade posi­tion at his side. See page 51.
Grand circle—each gentleman takes his lady to the edge of the hall, and puts her on his right hand and faces center. All couples join hands in one large circle, and all facing center.
Hand over hand—same as right and left grand.
Hands round—used with any number such as six hands round, means for six people to join hands in a ring and circle clockwise.
Head—the first or head couple.
Head of the hall—the end of the hall which is designated by the caller as the head, usually the end nearest the piano.
Home—the original position of each couple in a square, and to which they return after any maneuver.
Honors all—All gentlemen bow to their partners.
Honors left—each gentleman bows to the lady on his left.
Honors right—each gentleman bows to the lady on his right who is, of course, his partner.
Inside ring—the path a couple follows when they promenade around the set inside the other three couples.
Join hands or join paddies—usually when all four couples of a set join hands in a ring—although smaller rings are sometimes formed.
Ladies' chain—two couples face each other. The two ladies advance, join right hands, and pass each other. Each lady gives her left hand to the opposite gentleman and he pivots with her, turning her com­pletely around. Each lady advances and again joins right hands with the other lady and passes her. She then gives her left hand to her partner's left, and he pivots and turns her around to place. See page 132.
Ladies7 doe—often only the preliminary phrase of a docey-doe and ignored by the dancers, but more correctly it should precede a docep-do$t by the two ladies encircling each other with a dos-a-dos, followed by the two gentlemen doing the same, usually to the call gmt§ yom know. Then the docey-doe m done^
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