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ADVANCED 

SQUARE DANCE 

FIGURES 

of the West and Southwest 



By 
LEE OWENS 

and 
VIOLA RUTH 




Pacific <Ssl^ Books 

Palo Alto, California 



Copyright 1950 by LEE OWENS and VIOLA RUTH 



PACIFIC BOOKS 

Palo Alto, Calif orma 



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PREFACE 



The experienced and advanced square dancers of America 
asked for a book giving the elaborations developed by the 
top callers and dancers of the country. While the dances may 
seem to be complex, they all follow the rule and logic of "doing 
what comes naturally." 

The music was selected from Viola Ruth's ("Mom" to all her 
friends) collection of hundreds of old quadrille and fiddle tunes 
collected by her in half a century of playing for Square Dances 
in the West. These tunes not only fit the dances and calls, but 
are the ones "Mom" has found most liked by the dancers, callers, 
and musicians real Western music for real Western dances 
the best of the lot. 

The authors are particularly grateful to all of the fine callers 
and dancers who are really the ones who developed and perfected 
these advanced Western Square Dance figures. Credit has been 
given them wherever the authors were reasonably certain of the 
originator of these dances and calls. As any true quadrille is 
simply a combination of quadrille movements and figures, and 
any call must use traditional and established terms and phrases, 
it is quite usual to find that callers in widely separated parts of 
the country will originate and develop dances and calls which 
are practically identical in form and pattern, each without 
knowledge of the other callers' work. The Square Dance is as 
big and as old as our nation. We are bound to leave out someone 
who well deserved credit. 

We sincerely thank those who made this book possible the 
American square dancer and caller. 

LEE OWENS VIOLA RUTH 

331 Poe St., Palo Alto, 1530 West Garfield, Phoenix, 

California Arizona 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

PREFACE 5 

INTRODUCTION 1 1 

WESTERN SQUARE DANCE MOVEMENTS 13 

The Waltz Swing 13 

The One-Hand Swing 13 

The Elbow Swing 13 

The Forearm Swing 14 

The Two-Hand Swing 14 

The Sashays 15 

The Western Do-si-do 15 

The Right and Left Throughs 17 

The Ladies' Chain 18 

The Gentlemen's Chain 18 

The Square Dance Step 18 

THE Music 20 

THE DANCES AND CALLS 21 

BACHELOR MILL. Description 22 

Music. Chinese Breakdo f wn 24 

Call 25 

STAR IN THE CENTER, SIDES DIVIDE. Description 26 

Music. BlacksmtWs Quadrille 27 

Call 27 

SUZY Q. Description 28 

Music. Cripple Creek 29 

Call 30 

CHASE THE BIRDS TO THE TOP OF THE TREES. A Trimming 

or Chorus Figure. Description 31 

CaE 32 

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THREE-HAND STAR. Description 33 

Music. Canyon Quadrille 34 

Call 35 

FOUR-LEAF CLOVER. Description 36 

Music. Durang's Hornpipe 37 

Call 38 

WAVE THE OCEAN. Description 39 

Music. Old Kentucky 40 

Call 41 

THE RIGHT AND LEFT EIGHT EXIT. A Trimming Figure. 

Description 42 

Call 43 

TEXAS WHIRLWIND 44 

Music. Arkansas Traveler 45 

Call 45 

HOWDY PARD. Description 47 

Music. Bony SmitWs Quadrille 48 

Call 49 

AROUND JUST ONE. Description 50 

Music. Sally Johnson 52 

CaU 53 

EIGHT-HAND KENTUCKY STAR. A Trimming or Chorus 

Figure. Description 55 

CaU 56 

SWING SALLY GOODEN' WITH A DO-SI-DO. Description 57 

Music. Fall of Paris 58 

CaU 59 

EL PASO STAR. Description 60 

Music. Blackberry Quadrille 61 

CaU 62 

THE DIAMOND HITCH. Description 63 

Music. Mississippi Sawyer 64 

CaU' 65 

THE SIDE BET. A Trimming or Chorus Figure. Description 66 

CaU 67 



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THE SPINNING WHEEL. Description 68 

Music. Bill Vance 69 

Call 70 

FOUR IN LINE. Description 71 

Music. Bake Them Hoe Cakes Brown 73 

CaU 74 

SALLY'S FAVORITE. Description 75 

Music. Waggoner 77 

CaU 78 

THE BIG WHEEL. A Trimming or Chorus Figure. 

Description 80 

CaU 81 

THE DOUBLE STAR. Description 82 

Music. Galloping Horses 83 

CaU 84 

MEET YOUR OPPOSITES. Description 85 

Music. Flop Eared Mule 87 

CaU 88 

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND. Description 90 

Music. Half Way 91 

CaU 92 

VENUS AND MARS. A Trimmng used as a chorus or ending. 

Description 93 

CaU 94 

DOUBLE THE DOSE. Description 95 

Music. Jumping Cactus 96 

CaU 97 

HOUSTON STAR. Description 98 

Music. Ruth's Quadrille 100 

CaU 100 

FLAP LIKE THUNDER. Description 102 

Music. Run, Johnny, Run 104 

CaU 105 

Two STARS. An Exit Figure. Description 106 

CaU 107 



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THE DO-SI-DO SHUFFLE. Description 108 

Music. Golden Slippers 109 

Call 110 

Six TO Two. Description 111 

Music. Sally, There's a Bug on Me 113 

Call 113 

ARIZONA DOUBLE STAR. Description 115 

Music. Haste to the Wedding 116 

Call 117 

THE PINWHEELS. An Exit Figure. Description 118 

Call 119 

SWING IN THE CENTER, LEAVE YOUR TAW. Description 120 

Music. Chadham County Breakdo e wn 121 

Call 122 

COWBOY LOOP. Description 123 

Music. Old Missouri 124 

CaH 125 

DOUBLE SASHAY OUT AND SASHAY IN. Description 126 

Music. Don't You Want to Go to Heaven, Uncle Joe? 127 

Call 128 

PROGRESSIVE PROMENADE TO A LINE. A Trimmng or 

Chorus Figure. Description . 129 

Call 130 

THE WAGONWHEEL. Description 131 

Music. Walking Up To e wn 134 

Call 135 

DENVER WAGONWHEEL. Description 136 

Music. Ragtime Annie 138 

Call 138 

TEACUP CHAIN. A Trimming Figure. Description 140 

Call 142 

HOME, SWEET HOME 143 



INTRODUCTION 

These advanced Western Square Dance figures require a high 
degree of co-operation on the part of the dancers, precise tim- 
ing, and strict attention to all of the small details and fine points 
of the quadrille. 

The place for these varied and interesting advanced figures 
is in the "closed meetings'* of groups under instruction, the 
exhibition rehearsals and presentations, and the "work-shop 
groups." They are not suitable for use with a general floor. 

A prerequisite for these figures is a thorough knowledge of and 
experience in the Western and Southwestern Square Dance, 
which may be gained from a study of American Square Dances 
of the West arid Southwest by Lee Owens. All movements and 
figures used in these advanced dances are fully described in the 
work just referred to, with instructions to the caller and the 
musicians. 

All of the basic Western- Square Dance movements which are 
not ordinarily used in other parts of the country are described 
in the following pages for ready reference. The usual standard 
movements of the Square Dance are not described here, for this is 
written for the advanced dancer those who are familiar with 
and have mastered the basic principles, movements, and figures 
of the American Square Dance. 



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WESTERN SQUARE DANCE MOVEMENTS 

The Waltz Swing 

All Waltz Swings in the Western Square Dance are just once 
around, clockwise, with the dancers "rolling" out of the swing 
so that the lady finishes the movement at the gentleman's right 
side, with both facing center. Dance into the swing and roll out 
of it, using eight beats of music for the movement. 

The One-Hand Swing 

All One-Hand Swings are once around, with the hands joined 
at chest height, forearms vertical, elbows bent and held close to 
the body, with pressure against the other dancer's hand taking 
the place of a grip or grasp. To achieve this "tension hold," 
both dancers must bear against their partner's hand as they 
swing. If at any time in a dance the hands are gripped or the 
fingers are tensed, the entire body will automatically tense. It 
is physically impossible to tense the body when the fingers 
are loose and relaxed. This physical law is known and prac- 
ticed by professional dancers and is well worth observing. 
It is a "must" in the Square Dance. Never grip or grasp if you 
would dance 'well! One-Hand Swings require six beats of 
music, four beats if danced only halfway around. 

The Elbow Swing 

The Elbow Swing should be danced only between gentle- 
men. It is either once or one-and-a-half times around, usually 
the latter. Once around requires six beats of music; once-and-a- 

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half around requires eight beats. Whenever an Elbow Swing is 
called for between gentlemen and ladies, or between ladies, the 
Forearm Swing is substituted. The Elbow Swing is often called 
for when the Forearm Swing is desired. The Forearm Swing 
has no call or designation of its own except that of "Once and 
a Half," which is the usual manner of calling the Forearm Swing 
in the Western Square Dance, 

The Forearm Swing 

In the Forearm Swing, the dancers place their palms against 
the other dancer's forearm at waist level, elbows bent and held 
close to the body, with pressure against the forearm creating 
a tension hold. The Forearm Swing is danced either once or 
once-and-a-half times arouncl, usually the latter. Once around 
requires six beats of music, once-and-a-half times requires eight 
beats. Occasionally the Forearm Swing is danced only half 
around, which requires four beats of music to execute. 

The Two-Hand Swing 

The Two-Hand Swing is danced either half or once around, 
never more than once, and is always clockwise. The hands are 
joined at chest level, forearms vertical, elbows bent and held 
close to the body. The lady's palms are always do<wn, the 
gentleman's palms are always up, both dancers bearing against 
partner's palms to create a tension hold as they swing. As in the 
Waltz Swing, the gentleman always rolls the lady to his right 
side at the completion of a Two-Hand Swing, releasing his 
left hand while retaining his hold with his right hand, which 
will cause the lady to roll to his right side, both facing center. 
The Two-Hand Swing requires eight counts for once around, 
four counts if danced only halfway around. 



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The Sashays 

The gentlemen always dance behind the lady they are "sashay- 
ing" in the Western Square Dance, the ladies moving in a 
counter direction to that of the gentlemen. The sliding "Chasse" 
step of the formal Quadrille is not used in the Western dance. 
The Western Sashay is danced with the same step used for all 
other movements the Square Dance walking step. "Re-sashay" 
calls for the dancers to retrace their steps after a Sashay, die 
gentlemen dancing to place by passing behind the ladies who 
dance in front of the gentlemen to place. The Sashay requires 
four beats of music, as does Re-sashay. 

"All Around Your Left Hand Lady" is a Sashay movement 
danced between Corners in which only the gentlemen encircle 
the ladies, who dance two steps forward as the gentlemen dance 
behind them, and then dance two steps backward as the gentle- 
men dance in front of the ladies to complete their encircling 
movement. The gentlemen keep their backs to the ladies 
throughout the movement, while the ladies face center through- 
out the figure, which requires eight beats of music to execute. 
This movement is sometimes called "Do-si the Corners of the 
Hall." 

"See-saw your Pretty Little Taw" is the same movement as 
"All Around Your Left Hand Lady," but is danced between 
Partners. The two movements are usually combined to form 
a figure-of-eight pattern, but are often called separately. The 
movement of "See-saw your Pretty Little Taw" is often called 
"Sashay 'round your Pretty Baby," and requires eight beats of 
music to execute. 

The Western Do-si-do 

The Western Do-si-do is danced only between Partners and 
Corners. While it is a one-hand movement, it is not a One- 



16 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

Hand Swing. Partners join left hands at waist level, the gentle- 
men draw the ladies toward them and then pass the ladies be- 
hind them by the left hand, at the same time the gentlemen 
pivot counterclockwise so as to face their Corners. Release 
left hands with Partners, join right hands with Corners, the 
gentlemen drawing their Corner Ladies toward them and then 
pass the ladies behind them by the right hand, at the same time 
pivoting clockwise so as to face their Partners. Right hands are 
released with Corners and left hands are joined with Partners, 
the gentlemen placing their right hands at their Partners backs 
and then wheel the ladies around counterclockwise to face 
again the center of the set. This is the basic Western Do-si-do, 
and requires sixteen beats of music to execute; six beats for each 
one-hand movement and four beats for the final wheel-around. 
All calls and dances in this book are timed and phrased for the 
Basic Do-si-do with the exception of "Swing Sally Gooden' with 
a Do-si-do," and "The Merry-Go-'Round," both of which em- 
ploy the pioneer Do-si-do. 

The "Pioneer Do-si-do" differs from the basic in that right 
hands are first taken with Corners, the gentlemen drawing the 
ladies in front of them and then passing the ladies behind their 
backs by the right hand, pivoting to face Partners as they do 
so. The basic Do-si-do is now danced, finishing the move- 
ment with a Left-Hand Swing with Partners instead of 
the wheel-around used in the basic Do-si-do. The Pioneer 
Do-si-do requires twenty-four beats of music to execute. It is 
the established form of the Do-si-do in many localities, par- 
ticularly among the older dancers and groups. 

An important point to observe in the Western Do-si-do is 
that when the figure is danced from a circle of either four or 
six dancers, the dancers break into the Do-si-do when the lead- 
ing couple have their backs to the center of the set. If the 
Do-si-do is danced from a circle of eight dancers, they break 
into the figure either when the dancers are in the positions op- 
posite their home place or when at their home place. It requires 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 17 

two beats of music for the caller to say "Do-si-do/' and the 
call is always that far ahead of the actual execution of the 
movement. If dancers follow their natural inclination and break 
into the Do-si-do on the first syllable of the call, they will be out 
of position for the next call, as well as being ahead of the caller 
and off the music. 

Whenever dancers Promenade directly out of a Do-si-do, the 
figure is finished with a Left-Hand Swing instead of the usual 
wheel-around movement with the gentleman's right hand at the 
lady's back, the dancers taking the Skating Position as they 
dance this final Left-Hand Swing. It is very awkward to dance 
the usual wheel-around and then dance into the Skating Po- 
sition, therefore the rule given above, which substitutes a Left- 
Hand Swing for the wheel-around in this particular case O7dy. 

The Western Do-si-do has many variations throughout the 
country, all of which are simply additions to the basic figure, 
requiring additional time to execute. 

The Right and Left Throughs 

In the Western Square Dance, the call of "Right and Left 
Through" applies only to the movement of passing Opposites 
by the right shoulder until in exchanged positions, and does Ttot 
call for the wheel-around unless the cafl of "Right and Left 
Back" follows the call of "Right and Left Through." Right 
hands are not taken with Opposites as they pass by each other 
in the Western figure, and left hands are taken only with Partners 
if the call of "Right and Left Back is given. "Right and Left 
Through" means to pass from the right to die left side of the 
formation, or vice-versa, and is not a direction to take right and 
left hands. Very often, in the Western dance, the call will 
direct the dancers to dance directly into another movement 
after passing their Opposites with a "Right and Left Through," 
which is difficult to do if hands are taken. 

In the movements of "Right and Left Eight" and "Right 



jg ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

and Left Six," left hands are taken with Partners only as the 
couples reach the outside of the formation and wheel around 
to face the center. Right hands are never taken in these move- 
ments, the dancers simply passing each other by the right 
shoulder. 

The Ladies' Chain 

The Western call of "Ladies Chain" applies only to one ex- 
change of the ladies, the gentlemen receiving their Opposites 
by the left hand and wheeling the ladies counterclockwise to 
face again the other couple, the movement requiring eight beats 
of music to execute. If the call is repeated, or if the call of 
"Chain Right Back" is given, the ladies repeat the movement 
back to their Partners. Often the Western Square Dance call 
will direct the ladies to chain to their Opposites and then dance 
into another movement with Opposites as Partners. 

The same rule applies in the Western dance to the call of 
"Four Ladies Chain," which applies only to the movement of 
the four ladies crossing the set to their Opposites who wheel 
the ladies around. The ladies are not chained back unless the 
call so directs. 

The Gentlemen's Chain 

The "Four Gents Chain" differs from the "Four Ladies 
Chain" in that Opposites are met with a Left-Hand Swing in- 
stead of the wheel-around used in a "Four Ladies Chain." Both 
figures require the same timing, eight beats of music for the 
crossing and turn-around movement. 

The Square Dance Step 

While the Western dance uses no particular step, the danc- 
ers start all figures and movements with the left foot, stepping 



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from the hip, keeping the feet on the floor and the shoulders 
level. The Western Square Dance step is always very smooth, 
in time and rhythm with the music, with no up-and-down 
motion, hopping, skipping, or rough movements. The rules 
are: keep the feet on the floor, the shoulders level, step from 
the hip, keep absolute time and rhythm, never rush, run, or 
get ahead of the call. While the Western Square Dance has the 
appearance of being fast, it is actually slower than other forms 
of the Square Dance. It is the constant change of pattern, re- 
versals of direction, use of the One and Two-Hand Swings, 
with the brief, fast Waltz Swings which give the Western dance 
the illusion of speed. 



THE MUSIC 

Each dance in this book is accompanied by music which 
best fits each call and dance. In the event that the tune given 
is not written in the proper key for the caller's voice range, 
tunes in other keys which are suitable for the call and dance 
should be used. These old folk tunes should not be transposed 
from their original key, for they are fiddle tunes which play 
best in the keys they are written in. 

Folk dance tunes vary as do the dances and calls, each with 
its own distinctive quality, style, and "feel." Every Square 
Dance call has certain tunes or types of tunes which fit it best. 
Some calls and dances are better in 6/8 rhythm than in 2/4. 
Some calls require a distinct melody line while others require 
a flatter melodic line. Some calls are of the chanting type in 
which the caller sings along with the melody, while others are 
rapid-fire, continuous patter-type calls which are delivered in 
more of a monotone than when chanting. Other calls are a 
combination of both chant and patter-type calls. 

No Square Dance caller should call out of his natural voice 
range. It is entirely unnecessary to do so, with the large selec- 
tion of tunes in the keys of "C," "D," "G," and "A" (the 
fiddle tune keys) which are available for these dances. 

If the music given for the calls are not right for the caller, 
find a tune which is right and fits both the dance, the call, 
and the caller's voice range. 



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THE DANCES AND CALLS 

As this book is designed for the advanced and experienced 
dancer, the descriptions of the dances are kept as brief as pos- 
sible, without detail as to the execution of the established and 
standard Square Dance movements and figures. Detailed in- 
struction of all movements used here will be found in American 
Square "Dances of the West and Southwest by Lee Owens, 
with calls and instructions for the introductions and chorus 
figures and routines. No introductory calls are given in this 
book, and chorus calls are not always included in the dances, 
being used here only when certain chorus calls are required to 
balance and phrase the dance with the music. 

As far as it is possible, the dances are presented in a pro- 
gressive program, with the simplest dances first and the more 
intricate and involved patterns last. 

AH calls and dances have many versions and variations 
throughout the country. All movements and figures of the 
Square Dance are very old, older than our nation, stemming 
from the Quadrilles of France, Italy, and Spain; the English 
Country and Sword Dances; the Mexican and New Mexican 
Quadrilles; the circle dances and so-called "Running Sets" of 
the Southern Highlands; the Longways or "Contrys" of New 
England; the English, Irish and Scotch Reels; the dances of 
Europe, of Latin America, and the play-party and singing 
games of our early settlers and pioneers. There is nothing new 
in the Square Dance. These figures, movements, and dance 
are folk dances, of and by the people themselves. 



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22 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

BACHELOR MILL 

This dance and call <was arranged by Jimmy Clossin of El 
Paso, Texas, from an original dance by George Waudby of 
Tucson, Arizona. 

Description 

The First and Third Couples lead to the right and form two 
rings of four with the Side Couples, with whom they circle 
once clockwise. 

The two Head Gentlemen retire to their home place, leaving 
their Partners with the Side Couples who form two lines of 
three, facing. 

The lines of three dance three steps forward and retire, with 
the two Head or "End" Gentlemen dancing three steps forward 
as the Side Six retire. 

The two End Gentlemen retire as the Side Six now dance 
three steps forward. 

The two Side Gentlemen step backward into their home 
place, leaving the four ladies in the center in two lines of two, 
facing each other. 

The two End Gentlemen swing their own Partners once 
around with a Right-Hand Swing, then swing their Left-Hand 
Ladies with a Left-Hand Swing. The two End Gentlemen now 
swing their Right-Hand Ladies with a Right-Hand Swing, 
and then swing their Opposite Ladies with a Left-Hand Swing. 

The two End Gentlemen now dance to the center of the forma- 
tion where they swing once around with a Right Elbow Swing, 
after which they swing their Opposite Ladies with a Left-Hand 
Swing, then their Right-Hand Ladies with a Right-Hand Swing, 
followed by a Left-Hand Swing with their Left-Hand Ladies, 
and then swing own Partners with a Right-Hand Swing, thus 
completing the "mill" figure in which the active gentlemen swing 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 23 

the ladies indicated in the call according to the designation and 
names of the ladies in the original set formation. 

All "Balance Home," and then dance an Allemande Left with 
Corners, after which the four ladies form a Right-Hand Star in 
the center, which circles once clockwise. 

Break the Star and all Promenade with Partners one-quarter 
around the set, where couples wheel half -around counterclock- 
wise, and Promenade to home place (moving clockwise) where 
couples again wheel half-around counterclockwise and then 
Promenade around the set in the usual counterclockwise direc- 
tion. 

The call is repeated with the two Side Couples leading the 
figure. 



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Call for "Bachelor Mill" 

First and Third out to the right, 

Ring up four with all your might. 

Leave your lady where she be, and 

Travel home alone. - 

Six to the center, and then go back; 

End Gents go forward and back. 

Six to the center, gents step back. 

End Gents go through the mill; 

Swing your Partner with a Right Hand 'Round; your 

Left-Hand Lady with a Left Hand 'Round; your 

Right-Hand Lady with a Right Hand 'Round; your 

Opposite Lady with a Left-Hand Swing; 

Gents to the center with an Elbow Swing. Go 

Once around and don't fall down; your 

Opposite Lady with a Left Hand 'Round; your 

Right-Hand Lady with a Right Hand 'Round. 

Corner Lady with a Left-Hand Swing; 

Meet your own with a Right-Hand Swing; 

Balance home to your place in the ring. 

Allemande Left and there you are, 

Ladies to the center with a Right-Hand Star. 

All the way around, 'til you meet your own, 

Grab your Partner and Promenade home. 

Gents swing out, ladies swing in; 
Now, you're heading against the wind. 
Ladies swing out, gents swing in; 
Now, you're heading home again. 
Stir up the dust and sweep out the sand, 
Plant your 'taters in a sandy land. 
Promenade your Partners 'round, 
Square your sets and settle down. 

Repeat the call with the Second and Fourth Couples leading 
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26 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

STAR IN THE CENTER, SIDES DIVIDE 
Description 

The First and Third Couples form a Right-Hand Star which 
circles halfway around. Meanwhile, the Second and Fourth 
Couples separate from their Partners, dancing to the nearest 
"corner" of the "square." 

All pass their Opposites by the right shoulder to exchanged 
positions in a Right and Left Through. 

As soon as the Head Couples have passed by their Opposite*? 
they separate from their Partners to dance toward the nearest 
"corner" of the "square" where all will meet their Corners 
with a Left-Hand Swing, after which all dance to their Part- 
ners for a Two-Hand Swing. The Head Couples will meet at 
their home place, while the Side Couples will meet at their 
Opposites positions for the Two-Hand Swing. 

The Head Couple again form a Right-Hand Star, which 
circles halfway around, while the Side Couples again separate 
from their Partners to the nearest "corner" of the "square." 

All Right and Left Through, with the Head Couples separat- 
ing from their Partners as soon as they have passed by their 
Opposites, dancing to the nearest "corner" of the "square" 
where the gentlemen will meet their Right-Hand Ladies with 
a Left-Hand Swing. 

All Promenade with the person just swung to the gentle- 
man's position in the set. The gentlemen will be Promenading 
with their Right-Hand Ladies, whom they keep as new Part- 
ners for the next change. 

The dance is repeated three more times with the Head Couples 
forming the Star, while the Side Couples separate from their 
Partners; after which the dance is repeated four times with the 
Side Couples forming the Star while the Head Couples separate, 
eight changes in all. 



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Blaoksmitti's Quadrille 

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Center, Sides Divide 



Head Couples Star while the Sides divide; 
Right and Left Through the center and sides. 
Left-Hand Swing the Corners of the ring, 
Swing your own with a Two-Hand Swing, 
Swing and whirl that pretty little thing. 
Head Couples Star while die Sides divide; 
Right and Left Through the center and sides. 
Left-Hand Swing the Corners of the ring, and 
Promenade that pretty little thing that's 
Slim around the waist and pretty in the face, 
Take your Honey back to place, and 
Square your sets with a smile on your face. 

Repeat the call three times more with the Head Couples form- 
ing the Star while the Side Couples separate; then four times 
with the Side Couples forming the Star while the Head Couples 
separate, changing the wording of the call to conform. Eight 
changes in all. 



SUZY Q 

This dance and call 'was originated by Jim York of Los 
Angeles, California. 

Description 

The First and Third Ladies and Gentlemen bow to Part- 
ners and then swing with a Waltz Swing. 

The First and Third Couples now lead to the couples on the 
right with whom they form two rings of four, which circle 
halfway around clockwise. 

The First and Third Gentlemen break with their Corners and 
lead the dancers in their circles into two lines of four which 
face each other in the Side positions. 

All pass Opposites by the right shoulder in a Right and Left 
Through to exchanged positions where the gentlemen take left 
hands with Partners; place their right hands at the ladies' backs, 
and wheel counterclockwise to face the opposite line of four. 

The call now directs the dancers to dance a "Suzy Q," which 
is done as follows: All swing Opposites with a Right-Hand 
Swing, and then swing Partners with a Left-Hand Swing. All 
again swing Opposites with a Right-Hand Swing, and then take 
left hands with Partners, the gentlemen placing their right hands 
at the ladies' backs. 

The two Head Gentlemen (the Leading Gentlemen) wheel 
their Partners just one-quarter counterclockwise, while the two 
Side Gentlemen (the Standing Gentlemen) wheel their Part- 
ners three-quarters counterclockwise, thereby forming new lines 
of four which will be facing at right angles to the preceding line 
formation. Each couple Witt be standing in line with the couple 
who was opposite them in the first change. 

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All dance a Right and Left Through with Opposites; wheel 
counterclockwise to face again the opposite line, and then dance 
the "Suzy Q," finishing in new lines and a new facing. 

Repeat the "Right and Left Through" and "Suzy Q" twice 
more, bringing dancers back to their home places. 

All Swing Partners with a Waltz Swing and then Promenade 
around the set. 

The dance is repeated with the Second and Fourth Couples 
leading the figure. 



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Call for "Suzy Q" 

First and Third bow and Swing, 
Lead to the right and form two rings. 
Circle half and break to a line, 
Four in line you stand. - 
Right and Left Through two by two, 
Come right back with a "Suzy Q." 
Opposites with a Right Hand 'Round, 
Partner by the left as she comes down. 
Opposites with a Right Hand 'Round, 
Left to your own and wheel around, 
Form new lines and settle down. 

Right and Left Through two by two, 
Come right back with a "Suzy Q." 
Opposites with a Right Hand 'Round, 
Partner by the left as she comes down. 
Opposites with a Right Hand 'Round, 
Partners by the left and wheel around, 
Form new lines and settle down. 

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Right and Left Through two by two, 
Come right back with a "Suzy Q." 
Opposites with a Right Hand 'Round, 
Partner by the left as she comes down. 
Opposites with a Right Hand 'Round, 
Partner by the left and wheel around, 
Form new lines and setde down. 

Right and Left Through two by two, 
Come right back with a "Suzy Q." 
Opposites with a Right Hand 'Round, 
Partner by the left as she comes down. 
Opposites with a Right Hand 'Round, 
Partner by the left and Balance home. 



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Swing your Honey with a Biscuit Swing, 
Promenade around the ring. 
Promenade around the town, 
Take those pretty girls right on around, 
Keep that calico off the ground, when 
You get home, just settle down. 

Repeat the dance with the Second and Fourth Couples lead- 
ing. 



CHASE THE BIRDS TO THE TOP 
OF THE TREES 

A Trimming or Chorus Figure * 

Lloyd Shaw of Colorado Springs, Colorado, gave the title to 
and popularized this trimming, which is also ten&wn as "The 
Sugar Bowl," and as "The California Show Basket." 

Description 

The ladies form a ring of four in the center of the set by 
placing their hands upon the shoulders of the ladies on either 
side of them^ while the gentlemen jam their hands to form an 
outer ring of four around the ladies 7 reduced ring in tie center* 

The ladies circle clockwise, while the gentlemen circle 
coimterclockivise to home place, where the gentlemen release 
their joined bands, and drop so that each gentleman may place 
his arms around the knees of the ladies on either side of him. 

* This figure ran not be performed at less than fall speed, and should not 
be "walked" through, but must be explained orally* 



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The four gentlemen now stand erect in unison, lifting the 
ladies on the "seat" formed by the gentlemen's arms, while the 
ladies retain their holds upon their neighbors' shoulders-, leaning 
well back, and locking their -feet in the center to form a brace, 
thus holding the formation together. 

The gentlemen now circle once clockwise with the ladies 
sitting on the arms of the gentlemen who do not re-join their 
hands in this "basket" formation. 

When at home place, the gentlemen lower the ladies to their 
feet, and all couples swing with a Waltz Swing, after which 
they dance an Allemande Left; Grand Right and Left until 
Partners meet, and Promenade Partners to home place. 



Call for "Chase the Birds to the Top of the Trees 9 

Ladies to the center, and ring to the left; 
Gents on the outside, ring to the right. 
Around you go, and split the breeze; 
Gents drop down to the level of the knees, 
Chase those Birds to the top of the trees! 

Circle left, go 'round and 'round, when 

You get home, just set 'em down. 

Swing your Honey with a Biscuit Swing 

All four gents to the Corner of the ring. 

Allemande Left with your left hand, 

Right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand. 

Grand Right and Left around the hall, 

When you meet your pretty little Taw, 

Promenade your Partners all; 

Hold those gals, don't you let 'em fall. 



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THREE-HAND STAR 

This dance is based upon one originated by Ralph Page of 
Keene, New Hampshire. 

Description 

The First Lady and Gentleman bow to each other and then 
Swing with a Waltz Swing, breaking from the Swing to face 
center, and then separate from Partners, the lady dancing to the 
right and the gentleman to the left around the outside of the 
set, passing each other by the right shoulder at the opposite 
side of the set and continuing around the outside of the set 
to home place where the First Lady and Gentleman again pass 
each other by the right shoulder and each dances to the nearest 
Side Couple with whom they form two rings of three (the 
First Lady will be dancing with the Second Couple while the 
First Gentleman will be dancing with the Fourth Couple). 

The two rings of three circle once clockwise, and then break 
to two Right-Hand Stars which circle once clockwise, and then 
reverse to form two Left-Hand Stars which circle once counter- 
clockwise. 

Break the Left-Hand Stars, and the First Lady and Gentleman 
meet in the center of the set and swing with a Waltz Swing, 
and then dance to the Third Couple with whom they form a 
Right-Hand Star which circles once clockwise. 

Break the Right-Hand Star, and all dance to their Corners with 
whom they Allemande Left, followed by a Grand Right and Left. 

Partners meet halfway around the set and Promenade to home 
place. 

The dance is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth 
Couples in turn leading the figure. 



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Call for "Three-Hand Star" 

First Couple bow, then you Swing; 

Separate go 'round the ring. 

Meet your Honey and pass right along, 

Head for home and pass her again. 

Keep on going and form two rings with the 

Sides you meet and ring up three, go 

Once around the way you be. 

Cross right hands the way you are, 

Form two three-hand Right-Hand Stars. 

Left hand back, First Couple break, 

Swing in the center like swingin' on a gate. 

Lead to that couple across the set, 

Cross right hands with the ones you met. 

Break that Star as you .come around, 

Head for your Corners with a Left AUemande, 

Right to your Partners, Right and Left Grand. 

Grand Right and Left around the hall un- 

-til you meet your pretty little Taw, 

Promenade your Partners all, 

Hold those gals, don't let 'em fall. 

Repeat the call for the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples in 
turn. 



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FOUR-LEAF CLOVER * 

This dance 'was originated by Jerry Lang, of Boise, Idaho 
Description 

The four gentlemen form a Right-Hand Star which circles 
three-quarters clockwise until each gentleman is opposite the 
position of his Right-Hand Lady whom he swings by the left 
hand. 

The gentlemen re-form their Right-Hand Star, and circle 
clockwise to the position of their Opposite Ladies whom they 
swing one-and-a-half times around by the left forearm. 

The four ladies now form a Right-Hand Star in the center; 
and circle clockwise halfway around the set in a 'Tour Ladies 
Chain," the gentlemen receiving the ladies by the left hand with 
their right hands at the ladies' backs, wheeling the ladies counter- 
clockwise, then sending the ladies back to the center where the 
four ladies Star by the right hand back to their positions. Here 
the gentlemen swing them one-and-a-half times around by the 
left forearm as they return to place, instead of the usual wheel- 
around finish of a "Four Ladies Chain." 

The four gentlemen now Star by the right hand to the po- 
sition of their Left-Hand Ladies whom they swing by the left 
hand, pivoting into the Skating Position as they swing, and 
then Promenade their Left-Hand or Corner Ladies around the 
set to the gentleman's home place. 

The call is repeated three more times. 

*In this dance the gentlemen answer tire call by dancing to the positions 
of their "Right-Hand," "Opposite," or "Left-Hand" Ladies as the call directs, 
and not to the ladies who were so designated and named in the original 
formation of the set, for the gentlemen will find a different lady occupying 
these positions on each change of the dance. 



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Call for "Four-Leaf Clover" 

Four gents Star with a Right-Hand Whirl, 

Swing by the left with your Right-Hand Girl. 

Back to the center with a Right-Hand Whirl, 

Swing Once and a Half with your Opposite Girl. 

Once and a Half and a half all around, 

Four Ladies Chain across the town with 

Right hands crossed in the center of the floor; 

Chain those pretty girls back once more. 

Chain those ladies across the set, swing 

Once and a Half with the ones you met. 

Four gents Star in a center whirl with 

Right hands crossed to your Left-Hand Girl. 

Swing by the left with your Corner Maid, 

Take that lady and all Promenade. 

Promenade your Corners all, 

Hold those gals, don't you let 'em fall. 

Take those pretty girls right on around, 

Keep that calico off the ground, 

When you get home, just settle down. 



Repeat the call three more times, four changes in all, finishing 
the dance with original Partners. 



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WAVE THE OCEAN 
Description 

The First Lady and Gentleman bow to each other, and then 
swing with a Waltz Swing, breaking from the swing to dance 
to the Second Couple who raise their joined inside hands high 
in an arch. 

The First Couple dance under this arch to the outside of 
the set, where they separate from Partners, lady to the right, 
gentleman to the left, dancing singly around the Second Couple 
to the center of the set, where the First Lady and Gentleman 
meet with a Waltz Swing. 

As the First Couple dances through the arch, the Second 
Couple "wave" their raised arms forward and back over the 
First Couple. 

The "Ocean Wave" figure just described is now repeated, 
with the First Couple breaking from their Waltz Swing in the 
center to lead to the Third Couple with whom they repeat the 
identical routine just danced with the Second Couple. 

As the First Couple break their swing to lead to the Third 
Couple, the Second Couple swing with a Waltz Swing, and 
then follow the First Couple through the arch formed by the 
Third Couple, dancing the same routine of "Wave the Ocean" 
as the First Couple does, staying four beats of music behind die 
leading First Couple. 

The First Couple break from their last Waltz Swing of the 
"Ocean Wave" figure they are dancing with the Third Couple, 
and lead to the Fourth Couple with whom they dance the 
identical routine of "Wave the Ocean" they just finished danc- 
ing with the Third Couple. 

As the First Couple break their swing to lead to the Fourth 
Couple, the Third Couple swing with a Waltz Swing, and then 
-follow the Second Couple in the "Ocean Wave" figure, dancing 



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eight beats of music behind the Second Couple, who are follow- 
ing four beats behind the First Couple in the "Ocean Wave" 
figure. 

As the First Couple complete the "Ocean Wave" figure, 
they Balance home, being certain that they dance toward the 
Second Couple's position before balancing to place, in order to 
clear the Second Couple who are just returning to the center 
to complete their final dancing of the "Ocean Wave." 

The Second Couple break their swing to Balance home, as 
does the Third Couple as they complete their dancing of the 
"Ocean Wave." 

As the Third Couple balance to place, the Fourth Couple 
swing in place with a Waltz Swing. 

The chorus of Allemande Left is now danced; then Grand 
Right and Left until Partners meet and Promenade home. 

The dance is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth 
Couples in turn leading the figure around the set. 



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Call for "Wave the Ocean" 

First Couple bow, then you Swing, 

Lead out to the right of the ring. 

Wave the ocean, wave the sea, 

Wave that pretty girl back to me. 

Swing when you meet in the center of the floor, 

Wave the ocean from shore to shore, 

Wave this time, and then no more. 

Swing when you meet, and on you go, 

Next Couple Swing, and follow slow. 

Wave the ocean, wave the sea, 

Wave that pretty girl back to me. 

Swing when you meet in the center of the floor, 

Wave the ocean from shore to shore, 

Wave this time, and then no more. 

Swing when you meet, and on you go, 

Next Couple Swing, and follow slow. 

Wave the ocean, wave the sea, 

Wave that pretty girl back to me. 

Swing when you meet in the center of the floor. 

Wave the ocean from shore to shore, 

Wave this time, and then no more. 

Swing when you meet, and Balance home, 

Next Couple Swing when you meet your own. 

Next Couple Swing, and Balance home, 

Last Couple Swing, and Swing in your place, 

Square your sets with a smile on your face. 

On the Corner with your left hand, 

Right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand. 

Grand Right and Left around the hall, 

When you meet your pretty little Taw; 

Promenade your Partners all, 

Hold those gals, don't you let 'em fall. 

Repeat the call for the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples in 
turn. 



THE RIGHT AND LEFT EIGHT EXIT 
A Trimming Figure 

This trimming is used as an exit, taking the dancers off the 
floor. 

The Second and Fourth (Side Couples) lead to the couples 
on their right with whom two rings of four are formed which 
circle once clockwise, and then break to a double-line formation 
of couples facing couples with the Side Couples back-to-back 
in the center. 

A Right and Left Eight is now danced, passing Opposites 
by the right shoulder, each couple wheeling counterclockwise 
as they reach either end of the formation, and continue the 
Right and Left Eight movement, with the exception of the 
Third Couple. 

As the Third Couple reaches the First Couple's position, they 
do not wheel,* but continue off the floor in a Promenade, all 
other couples following in turn as they reach the First Couple's 
position in the Right and Left Eight movement, which will 
place the Promenading couples in the following order as they 
dance off the floor: Third Couple; Second Couple; First Couple; 
Fourth Couple. 

*The Fourth Couple is the only couple 'who wheel around in the First 
Couple's position in this exit figure. All other couples Promenade as they 
reach the First Couple's position. 



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Call for "The Right and Left Eight Exit" 

Second and Fourth out to the right, 

Ring up four with all your might. 

Circle four, two by two, 

Square your sets for a Right and Left Through. 

Right and Left Eight, right down the middle, 

Keep your feet in time to the fiddle. 

Third Couple lead 'em off the floor, that's 

All there is, there ain't no more! 

Promenade, now ain't that grand? 

Big fat lady and a little bitty man. 

Little piece of cornbread laying on a shelf, if 

You want any more, just call it yourself. 

Promenade, away you go, 

On your heel and on your toe, 

Set 'em down and let 'em blow! 



44 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

TEXAS WHIRLWIND 

The ladies dance three steps forward, curtsey, and retire. 

The gentlemen dance forward as the ladies retire, and form 
a Right-Hand Star which circles halfway around the set, and 
then reverses to a Left-Hand Star. 

The gentlemen dance past their Partners, break their Left 
Hand Star, and swing their Right Hand Ladies half around with 
a Right-Hand Swing, after which they swing the same ladies 
one-and-a-half times around with a Left Forearm Swing. All 
are now dancing with their new Partners. 

The gentlemen now dance a Right-Hand Swing with the 
ladies on their left (who will be their original Partners), and 
then swing their new Partners (whom they swung by the 
right hand on the initial swing of the change) one-and-a-half 
times around by the left forearm. 

The gentlemen now dance a Right-Hand Swing with their 
new Right-Hand Ladies (the ladies at the right of their new 
Partners), and then swing new Partners with a Left-Hand Swing. 
This completes the first change. 

AH dancers now have new Partners, and the gentlemen have 
advanced one position counterclockwise in the set. 

The figure is repeated twice more, omitting the move- 
ment of the ladies dancing to the center and back. Each change 
is started by the gentlemen f orming a Right-Hand Star, which 
circles half around and then reverses to a Left-Hand Star. This 
star is broken as each gentleman reaches his new Right-Hand 
Lady, who then becomes his new Partner for the change under 
way, each gentleman taking the position of his new Partner as his 
new home place. 

After the third change, the gentlemen balance home to their 
original positions and Partners. 



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Call for "Texas Whirlwind" 

Ladies to the center and back to the bar, 
Gents to the center and form a Star with 
Right hands crossed in the center of the hall, 
Back with the left, pass your Taw. 
Swing the next girl by the right hand 
Halfway around; - ~ 
Left hand back, go all the way a- 
round. - Swing your 
Left-Hand Lady with a Right-Hand Swing, 
Your new Partner with a Forearm Swing, go 
Once and a Half with that pretty little girl, 
Swing by the right with your Right-Hand Girl. 
Your new Partner with a Left-Hand Swing, 
Four gents Star in die center of the ring with 
Right hands crossed in a "How Do You Do?" 



46 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

Left hands back, pass Partners Two. 
Swing the next girl by the right hand 
Halfway around; - - 
Back with the left, go all the way a- 
round. - Swing your 
Left-Hand Lady with a Right-Hand Swing, 
Your new Partner with a Forearm Swing, go 
Once and a Half with that pretty little girl, 
Swing by the right with your Right-Hand Girl. 
Your new Partner with a Left-Hand Swing, 
Four gents Star in the center of the ring with 
Right hands crossed as pretty as can be, 
Left hands back, pass Partners Three. 
Swing the next girl by the right hand 
Halfway around; - - 
Back* with the left, go all the way a- 
round. - Swing your 
Left-Hand Lady with a Right-Hand Swing, 
Your new Partner with a Forearm Swing, go 
Once and a Half with that pretty girl, 
Swing by the right with your Right-Hand Girl. 
Your new Partner with a Left-Hand Swing, 
Balance home to your place in the ring, 
Swing, - everybody 
Swing. - 
On the Corner with your left hand, 
Right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand. 
Grand Right and Left around the hall un- 
til you meet your pretty little Taw, 
Promenade around the town, 
Take those pretty girls right on around, 
Square your sets and settle down. 

Repeat the call as desired, though the dance is complete after 
dancing the above call once. The "Texas Whirlwind" is very 
effective when used in combination with another brief dance 
as a trimming rather than as a separate dance and call. 



HOWDY PARD 

This dance and call 'was originated by Frank Wilkey, of 
Tolleson, Arizona. 

Description 

All swing Partners with a Waltz Swing. 

Partners now separate, the ladies dancing to the right, the 
gentlemen to the left, singly around the set, thus forming two 
single files of dancers with the ladies' file circling on the inside 
of the set, counterclockwise, while the gentlemen move in single 
file on the outside of the set, clockwise. 

Partners meet at their Opposites' positions, halfway around 
the set, with a bow, and then swing Partners with a Waltz 
Swing. 

The four gentlemen now dance a Lef t-Hand Swing with their 
Corners, and then form a Right-Hand Star, which circles once 
around clockwise until Partners are met. 

The gentlemen hold their Right-Hand Star and "pick-up" 
their Partners by offering their left arms to the ladies who link 
their right arms with the gentlemen's left arms, thus forming a 
Double Star, which circles clockwise to the gentleman's home 
place. 

All swing Partners with a Waltz Swing; Allemande Left, 
and then dance a Right-Hand Swing with Partners. 

All now dance a Left-Hand Swing with Corners, pivoting 
into the Skating Position as they do so, and Promenade with 
Corners to the position of each gentleman's Right-Hand Lady, 
where couples wheel counterclockwise halfway around, and 
Promenade in the opposite direction to the gentleman's home 
place where couples again wheel halfway around counterclock- 
wise, and then Promenade around the set to the gentleman's 
home place. 

The call is repeated three more times, four changes in all. 

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Call for "Howdy Pard" 

Swing your Partners, one and all, 

Separate and leave your Taw. 

Meet your Honey with a great big smile, say 

"Howdy Pard," and Swing her awhile. 

Break to your Corner with a Left-Hand Swing, 

Four gents Star in the center of the ring with 

Right hands crossed, don't be shy, 

Pick up your Partner on the fly. 

Turn that Star until you're home, 

Everybody Swing your own. 

Swing your Honey to the rhythm of the band, now 

On the Corner with your left hand, a 

Right-Hand Swing with your Old Man. 

Back to your Corner with a Left-Hand Whirl, 

Promenade your Corner Girl. 

Promenade around the ring, the 

Gents swing out and the ladies swing in, 

Now you're going against the wind. 

Ladies swing out and the gents swing in, 

Now you're heading home again. 

Promenade around the hall, 

Hold those gals, don't let 'em fall, 

Promenade that old corral. 

Repeat the call three more times, four changes in all, finishing 
the dance with original Partners. 



AROUND JUST ONE 

This dance *was originated by Herbert Greggerson, Jr., of 
El Paso, Texas. 

Description 

The First and Third Couples dance three steps forward and 
then retire to place. 

The First and Third Couples now dance forward, and pass 
Opposites by the right shoulder in a Right and Left Through 
to exchanged positions where they separate from Partners, 
ladies to the right, gentlemen to the left, each dancing singly 
around the outside of the set, meeting Opposites behind the 
nearest Side Couple. 

Head Couples (with Opposites as Partners) dance between the 
Side Ladies and Gentlemen to the center of the set where the 
Head Couples dance a Right and Left Through, and continue 
across the set to pass between the Side Ladies and Gentlemen 
they are facing, to the outside of the set. 

Head Ladies and Gentlemen separate, ladies to the right, 
gentlemen to the left, each dancing singly around the outside 
of the set to the nearest Head Couple's positions where each 
one will meet original Partners at lite position opposite their 
home places. 

Head Couples dance a Right and Left Through to their home 
places. 

All swing Partners at home place with a Waltz Swing, Alle- 
mande Left with Corners, take right hands with Partners, and 
then pass by Partners to the next person in the set (each gentle- 
man's Right-Hand Lady) . 

All dance a Left Forearm Swing one-and-a-half times around 
with those met, and then "square the set" with those just 
swung as new Partners. 

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Each gentleman will have advanced one position counter- 
clockwise in the set. 

The entire figure is repeated three times more, four changes 
in all, bringing all dancers back to original positions and Partners 
on the fourth change. 

The entire dance is repeated with the Second and Fourth 
Couples leading the figure for four changes, the entire routine 
requiring eight changes in all. 



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Call for "Around Just One 9 

First and Third go forward and back, 
Forward again on the same old track with a 
Right and Left Through, and a gee and a haw 
Around just one; - now, it's 
Down the center, and we'll have some fun with a 
Right -and Left Through, and split the ring, 
Leave your Honey and gone again. 

Right and Left Through, and head for home, 

Everybody Swing your own. 

Swing your Honey to the rhythm of the band, 

On the Corner with your left hand, a 

Right to your Partner, pass her by, 

Swing the next girl on the fly with a 

Once and a Half, and a half all around, 

Square your sets, and settle down. 

Same two gents and a different Jane, go 

Forward up and back again. 

Forward again with a Right and Left Through, and a 

Gee and a haw around just one; now, it's 

Down the center, and we'll have some fun with a 

Right and Left Through, and split the ring, 

Leave your Honey and gone again. 

Right and Left Through, and head for home, 
Everybody Swing your own. 
Big fat lady and a little bitty man, 
On the Corner with your left hand, a 
Right to your Partner, pass her by, 
Swing the next girl on the fly with a 
Once and a Half, and a half all around, 
Square your sets, and settle down. 
Same two gents and a brand new date, go 
Forward again and back to the plate. 



54 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

Forward again with a Right and Left Through, and a 
Gee. and a haw around just one; now, it's 
Down the center, and we'll have some fun with a 
Right and Left Through, and split the ring, 
Leave your Honey and gone again. 

Right and Left Through, and head for home, 

Everybody Swing your own. 

Swing your Honey, and don't fall down, 

Break to your Corner with a left hand 'round. A 

Right to your Partner, pass her by, 

Swing the next girl on the fly with a 

Once and a Half, and a half all around, 

Square your sets, and settle down. 

Same two gents and a brand new skirt, go 

Forward and back and kick up the dirt. 

Forward again with a Right and Left Through, and a 

Gee and a haw around just one; now, if s 

Down the center, and we'll have some fun with a 

Right and Left Through, and split the ring, 

Leave your Honey and gone again. 

Right and Left Through, and head for home, 
Everybody Swing your own. 
Swing your Honey with a Biscuit Swing, 
Swing your Corner with a Lef t-Hand Swing. A 
Right to your Partner, pass her by, 
Swing the next girl on the fly with a 
Once and a Half, and a half all around, 
Square your sets, and settle down. 

Repeat the entire call with the Second and Fourth Couples 
leading the figure. 



EIGHT-HAND KENTUCKY STAR 
A Trimming or Chorus Figure 

Allemande Left and then dance a Right-Hand Swing with 
Partners, breaking from the Right-Hand Swing to Promenade 
in single file counterclockwise halfway around the set. 

When in Opposites' positions, all step toward the center and 
form a Left-Hand Kentucky Star by grasping with the left 
hand the left wrist of the person ahead of each in the formation, 
which continues to circle counterclockwise until all are at home 
place, where the dancers reverse the Star, grasping with the 
right hand the right wrist of the person ahead of them in the 
formation which now circles clockwise. 

As the gentlemen reach the position in the set of their Corner 
Ladies (after dancing one-quarter around in the Right-Hand 
Star) they reach over their right shoulders with their left hands, 
taking the left hand of their Partner, retaining the Right-Hand 
Kentucky Star formation until all are opposite their home 
place, where the star is broken with a Do-si-do, finishing the 
Do-si-do with a Left-Hand Swing instead of the usual wheel- 
around, pivoting into the Skating Position, and Promenade 
Partners home. 



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Call for "Eight-Hand Kentucky Star" 

Allemande Left and a right to your Pard, 

Swing your Honey to your own front yard. 

Promenade, single file, 

Ladies in the lead, gents run wild. 

Into the center with a Kentucky Star, 

Left hands crossed, don't go too far. 

Turn right back, you're going wrong, 

Gents in the lead, ladies come along. 

Gents, reach back with your left hand, 

Do-si-do as pretty as you can. 

Now you're right, and now you're wrong, 

Get your Honey and take her right along. 

Promenade around the town, 

Take those pretty girls right on around, 

When you get home, just settle down. 



SWING SALLY GOODEN' WITH A DO-SI-DO 

Bob Suwtrall, of Abilene, Texas, is generally credited 'with 
popularizing this old figure and call. 

This dance is simply a progressive "Pioneer Do-si-do" which 
is danced first by two couples, then three, and finally by all 
four couples dancing the old Pioneer Do-si-do in which Corners 
swing by the right hand before dancing the basic Do-si-do, 
finishing with a Left-Hand Swing instead of the usual wheel- 
around movement. 

Description 

The First Couple leads to the Second Couple, and Opposites 
swing by the right hand to the call of "Swing Sally GoodenV 
after which the First and Second Couple continue with the basic 
Do-si-do, finishing it by swinging Partners once around with 
a Left-Hand Swing. 

The Third Couple * now joins the formation by stepping in 
between the First Gentleman and the Second Lady, giving a 
formation of six dancers who each swing their Corners in die 
formation by the right hand, and then dance a six-hand basic 
Do-si-do, finishing it with a Left-Hand Swing once around 
with Partners. 

The Fourth Couple now joins die figure by stepping into the 
formation between the First Gentleman and the Third Lady. 
All swing Corners by the right hand and then continue with tie 

*Note that die Third Couple is plcked-up on lite call of "Swing that 
Girl from Arkansaw," and the Fourth Couple is plcked-up on the call of 
"Don't forget your old Grandma,** these calls being simply cues to add the 
next couple. 

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basic Do-si-do, which is finished by a Left-Hand Swing with 

Partners. 

Balance home, and all swing Partners with a Waltz Swing, 
then Promenade with Partners. 

The call is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth 
Couples in turn leading the figure. 



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Call for "Swing Sally Gooden* With A Do-si-do" 

First Couple out to the right and 
Swing Sally Gooden* with a Do-si-do ; 
Left to your Partner, gents, you know, 
Walk right around on your heel and toe, 
All night long on that Do-si-do. 
Now, your Taw; - - 
Swing that Girl from Arkansaw, 
Do-si-do half around the ring while the 
Roosters crow and the birdies sing. 
Your Corner by the right hand, - 
Now, your Taw; - - 
Don't forget your old Grandma, you 
Ain't swung her since away last fall. 
Do-si-do all around the hall with a 
Little bit of heel and a little bit of toe, 
Swing that old time Do-si-do. 
Now, your Taw, and Balance home, 
Swing, - everybody 
Swing; - then we'll 
Promenade around the ring. 
Promenade that pretty little thing 
You call your own; - - 
On your hed and on your toe, 
Square your sets and here we go. 

Repeat the call for lie Second, Third, and Fourth Couples 
in turn. 



EL PASO STAR 
Description 

The four gentlemen dance three steps into the center, and 
retire to place, with the four ladies dancing to the center as 
the gentlemen retire^ the ladies forming a Right-Hand Star, 
which circles clockwise one-and-a-half times around. 

As the ladies circle in their star, the four gentlemen Promenade 
in single file counterclockwise once around the set. 

Opposites meet at the gentleman's home place where they 
swing with a Left-Hand Swing. 

Once more the four ladies form a Right-Hand Star, and 
circle one-and-a-half times around, while the four gentlemen 
again Promenade in single file around the set, meeting Partners 
at home place with a Left Forearm Swing one-and-a-half times, 
around. 

The four gentlemen now form a Right-Hand Star, and circle 
three-quarters around the set to the position of their Right- 
Hand Ladies, whom they swing by the left hand, and then 
Promenade with Right-Hand Ladies to the gentleman's home 
place. 

The call is repeated three times more, four changes in all, 
finishing the dance with original Partners. 



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Call for "El Paso Star" 

Gents to the center and back to the bar, 

Ladies to the center with a Right-Hand Star. 

Gents Promenade the outside track, 

Single file 'til you get back. 

Meet your Opposite with a Left-Hand Swing, 

Four ladies Star in the center of the ring. 

Gents gallopade as you did before, 

All the way around 'til you're home once more. 

Partner by the left as she comes down with a 

Once and a Half, and a half all around. 

Four gents Star with a Right-Hand Whirl, 

Swing by the left with your Right-Hand Girl. 

Keep that lady for your own, 

Promenade your Honey home. 

Take those pretty girls right on around, 

When you get home, just settle down. 

Repeat the call three times more, four changes in all, finish- 
ing the dance with original Partners. 



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THE DIAMOND HITCH 
Description 

The First Lady and Gentleman Balance, and then swing 
with a Waltz Swing, after which they separate, the lady to the 
right, gentleman to the left, and dance behind their Corners. 

The First Lady and Gentleman dance between the Side 
Ladies and Gentlemen to the center of the set, and then dance 
between the Side and Third Couples to the outside of the set, 
then dance to the position behind the Third Couple, where the 
First Couple swing with a Waltz Swing. 

The First Couple dance side by side between the Third Lady 
and Gentleman down the center of the set to home place, where 
they wheel around to face center. All Balance to Partners. 

All Sashay Partners halfway around, the gentlemen danc- 
ing three steps to the right behind Partners, while the ladies 
dance three steps to the left in front of their Partners. 

All Re-sashay, retracing their steps to place, and then con- 
tinue in the direction they are moving to completely encircle 
their Partners to the call of "Go all the way around." 

All take hands with Corners and swing past Corners by the 
right hand in a half-circle; take left hands with Opposites and 
swing past Opposites by the left hand in a half-circle; take 
right hands with each gentleman's Right-Hand Ladies and 
swing past each other in a half-circle; Partners meet in their 
Opposites* positions with a Left Forearm Swing one-and-a- 
half times around^ and continue the Right and Left Swing 
(called the <c Diamond Hitch) * by taking right hands with 

*The "Diamond Hitch** is simply a Right and Left Swing danced in the 
reverse direction, the gentlemen moving clockwise, while the ladies move 
counterclockwise. It differs from the Grand Right and Left farther in that 
the dancers swing past each other in a half-circle as they take hands, instead 
of following a circnlar path around the set, which gives a weaving, zig-zag 
pattern to the movement as die dancers swing first to the ontside of the 
formation, and then swing to the center of the set, giving the name of the 



ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



Corners, and swinging past them in a half-circle, take left 
hands with Opposites and swing past them to take right hands 
with each gentleman's Right-Hand Lady; swing past them, take 
the Left Forearm Grasp with Partners at home place and swing 
one-and-a-half rimes around. Square sets. 

The call is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth 
Couples in turn leading the figure. 

"Diamond Hitch" to the figure. The <4 Right and Left Swing," danced in 
the usual direction as in a Grand Right and Left, is used in the old singing 
game of "Shoot the Buffalo." 



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Call for "The Diamond Hitch" 

First Couple Balance, and Swing with pride, 

Zig-zag through the three on a side. 

Out, and in, and out to the rear, 

Meet your Honey and Swing your Dear. 

Swing her high and swing her low, 

Swing her pretty and let her go. 

Through that couple and down the hall, 

Balance to your Partners all. 

Sashay Partners halfway 'round her, 

Re-sashay; go all the way a- 

round her. - - 

Right hand to your Corners all, 

Diamond Hitch all around the hall. 

When you meet your pretty little Taw, 

Swing Once and a Half, a Left-Hand Swing, 

Keep on going around the ring. 

Gents go left, ladies go right, 

Throw that Hitch and pull it tight with a 

Once and a Half when you meet your Taw, 

Square your sets, and listen to the calL 

Repeat the call for the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples 
in turn. 



66 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

THE SIDE BET 
A Trimming or Chorus Figure 
Description 

The four ladies dance to the center and form a Right-Hand 
Star which circles three-quarters clockwise until the ladies are 
opposite the Corner's positions in the set. Meanwhile, the two 
Head Gentlemen dance to the right and link left elbows with 
the Side Gentlemen, swinging once around counterclockwise. 

The Head Gentlemen meet their Partners, who are revolving 
in the Ladies'- Star, and pick up their Partners by linking free 
elbows, the Head Ladies breaking from the star which con- 
tinues to revolve as do the gentlemen, the Side Gentlemen 
picking up their Partners as they meet by linking free elbows, 
thus forming two lines of four dancers revolving counterclock- 
wise, each couple facing opposite to the other couple in their 
respective lines. 

The two lines make one revolution until the two Head 
Ladies meet in the center. 

Break die lines, and the couples who are dancing together 
form two rings of four which circle once clockwise, and then 
dance the Do-si-do. Balance home. 



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Call for "The Side Bet" 

Four ladies Star in the center of the set, 

Head Gents right in a little side bet. 

Pick up your own, you're not through yet, 

Turn those lines around the set. 

Break your lines and form two rings, 

Ring up four and make them go, 

Bow and smile and Do-si-do, 

On your heel and on your toe, 

Big pig rootin' up a little 'tater row, 

"Granny, will your dog bite? No, child, no!" 

Take your Honey and home you go, 

Balance to the one you know. 



68 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

THE SPINNING WHEEL * 

This dance was originated by Jerry Lang, of Boise, Idaho 
Description 

The First and Third Couples lead to the couples on their 
right with whom they form two rings of four, which circle 
halfway around, clockwise. 

Break the rings, and the Second and Fourth Couples (who 
have their backs to the center of the set) raise their joined 
inside hands high to form two arches, and dance over the Head 
Couples to place, while the First and Third Couples dance under 
the arches to the center of the set, where they pass their Op- 
posites by the right shoulder in a Right and Left Through to 
exchanged positions, and then wheel counterclockwise to face 
each other in the center of the set. 

The Head Ladies dance a Two Ladies Chain to their Op- 
posite Gentlemen, who wheel the ladies counterclockwise half- 
way around to face the nearest Side Couples, with whom an- 
other Two Ladies Chain is danced, leaving each gentleman with 
his Right-Hand Lady, whom he turns to home place. 

All Promenade in single file, halfway around the set, with the 
ladies dancing ahead of their new Partners. 

When the gentlemen reach the position which is opposite 
their home place, all dancers step into the center to form an 
Eight-Hand Kentucky Star by each dancer grasping the left 
wrist of the person ahead of him with his left hand. 

The Kentucky Star thus formed circles counterclockwise 
until the gentlemen are at their home places, where the dancers 
break, and reverse to a Right-Hand Kentucky Star, which 
circles clockwise. 

*The "Spinning Wheel" figure in this dance is the same as tiiat used in the 
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On the call directing them to do so, the gentlemen reach over 
their right shoulders with their left hands, taking the left hands 
of the ladies behind them, and then break at the gentlemen's 
opposite positions into a Western Do-si-do, finishing the Do- 
si-do with a Left-Hand Swing with new Partners (the lady 
behind them in the Right-Hand Kentucky Star formation) 
instead of the usual wheel-around, taking the skating position 
with new Partners whom they now Promenade to the gentle- 
man's home place. 

The dance is repeated three times more for the First and Third 
Couples, then four times for the Second and Fourth Couples, 
eight changes in all. 



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Call for "The Spinning Wheel" 

First and Third lead out to the right, 

Circle half, and don't you blunder, 

Inside arch, and outside under. 

Right and Left Through, and then turn back, 

Head Ladies Chain across the floor, 

Turn and Chain with the Outside Four. 

Balance home, and Promenade 

Single file, Indian style, 

Ladies in the lead, gents run wild. 

Form a Star with your left hand for a 

Spinning Wheel 'til you get home. 

Turn right back, you're going wrong, 

Gents in the lead, ladies come along. 

Gents, reach back with your left hand, 

Do-si-do as pretty as you can, 

Plant your 'taters in a sandy land. 

Spin that silk, spin that cotton, 

One more swing, and on you're trottin'. 

You got Sue, and Sue's got you, 

Walk 'em home like you always do. 

Repeat the call three times more for the Head Couples, then 
four times for the Side Couples, eight changes in all. 



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FOUR IN LINE 

Description 

The First Lady and Gentleman Balance, and then swing 
with a Waltz Swing. 

The First Couple now Promenades halfway around the outside 
of the set where they form a line of four with the Third 
Couple by the First Lady joining her outside hand with that 
of the Third Gentleman. 

The line of four thus formed dances three steps forward 
and then retires. The line of four again dances three steps 
forward to the center where they "stand pat." 

While the line of four dances forward and back, and for- 
ward again; the two Side Couples swing Partners with a Waltz 
Swing, breaking their swing to face center as the line of four 
dances forward to "stand pat" in the center. 

The Side Couples dance a Right and Left Through to the op- 
posite side of the set where Partners meet, wheel around, and 
Right and Left Through back to place, the line of four standing 
in the center while the Side Couples dance on either side of 
them. 

As the Side Couples wheel around at home pkce with Part- 
ners after their Right and Left Through back to pkce, the 
two Head Couples break their line by the First Couple wheeling 
to face the Second Couple, while the Third Couple wheels 
to face the Fourth Couple. 

Couples facing dance a Two Ladies Chain with the Side 
Gentlemen wheeling the ladies they receive all the 'way around, 
while the two Head Gentlemen wheel the kdies they receive 
just halfway around so as to face the other Head Couple in 
the center with whom a Two Ladies Chain is danced, the Head 
Gentlemen wheeling just halfway around with the kdies they 
receive, so as to face the Side Couples who have just completed 
their full wheel-around movement 



72 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

This "Four Ladies Chain in Line" is continued until each lady 
has chained entirely through the formation and back to her 
own Partner and the starting point of the "Four Ladies Chain" 
figure. 

Side Couples swing Partners with a Left-Hand Swing as they 
complete the "Four Ladies Chain in Line/' while the two 
Head Couples form a ring of four in the center, circle clock- 
wise once around, and dance the Do-si-do when the Head 
Couples have their backs to their home place. 

Balance home and all swing Partners once around with a 
Waltz Swing, AUemande Left, Grand Right and Left until 
Partners meet, and Promenade home. 

The call is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth 
Couples in turn leading the figure. 



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74 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



Call for "Four in Line" 

First Couple Balance, then you Swing, 

Promenade the outside ring, 

Halfway 'round the outside track, 

Four in Line to the center and back, 

Side Couples Swing right where you're at. 

Head Couples forward, and the Outside Four 

Right and Left along that four. 

Turn 'em around and back once more, 

Right and Left home as you were before, 

Center Couples face the Outside Four. 

Four Ladies Chain along that line, 

Hop 'em up like ninety-nine, 

Up the river and around the bend, 

Keep on swinging around again. 

Stir up the dust and sweep out the sand, 

Plant your 'taters in a sandy land. 

Meet your Honey with a Left-Hand Swing, 

Center Four, form a ring. 

Ring up four, around you go, 

When you get right, we'll Do-si-do with a 

Deedle-eye, deedle-eye, deedle-eye doe, 

Plow the middle and hoe the row, you'll 

Never get around if you go too slow, 

Get your Honey, home you go, and 

Swing, - everybody 

Swing. - 

On the Corner with your left hand, 

Right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand. 

Grand Right and Left around the ring, 

Promenade that pretty litde thing that's 

Slim around the waist and pretty in the face, 

Promenade your Honey back to place. 

Repeat the call for the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples 
in turn. 



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SALLY'S FAVORITE 

This dance and call 'was originated by Tom Mullen of Hous- 
ton, Texas. 

Description 

All dance a Half -Sashay past Partners (gentlemen passing be- 
hind the ladies, who pass in front of the gentlemen to exchanged 
positions). 

Keeping new positions, all dance three steps forward, and then 
retire, after which all dance forward again, forming a Left- 
Hand Kentucky Star by each grasping the left wrist of the 
person on his left in the formation by the left hand. 

The Left-Hand Kentucky Star circles half -around counter- 
clockwise, and then reverses to a Right-Hand Kentucky Star, 
which circles clockwise to home place. 

Break the Star, and form a ring of eight, which circles clock- 
wise half-around the set. 

All swing Corners (original Partners) with a Walt Swing, then 
Promenade Partners (those swung) to home place. 

Couples One and Three lead to the right, facing the Side 
Couples so that two diagonal lines of four are formed, these 
lines extending from a position between the home places of the 
First and Second Couples to a position between the home places 
of the Third and Fourth Couples. 

Couples facing form Left-Hand Stars, which circle once, 
and then reverse to Right-Hand Stars, which circle once. 

Break the Stars, Head Couples raise their joined inside hands 
high to form arches, and dance forward over the Side Couples, 
who dance under these arches to exchanged positions. 

All face Partners, and dance a back-to-back Eastern Do-si-do 
exactly three-quarters around Partners, after which all face 
center, thereby forming new diagonal lines of fours, which will 



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be at right angles to the previous line formation. These new 
lines of fours should extend from a position between the home 
places of the Second and Third Couples to a position between 
the home places of the First and Fourth Couples. 

The routine of dancing Left-Hand Stars with Opposites, 
reversing to Right-Hand Stars, breaking the Stars with the 
Head Couples forming arches and dancing over the Side Couples 
to exchanged positions, and then dancing a three-quarters 
back-to-back Do-si-do around Partners, then facing center to 
form new lines at right angles to the previous formation is re- 
peated three times more, bringing all dancers back to their home 
places on the fourth dancing of the figure. 

All swing Partners at home place with a Waltz Swing, dance 
"All Around Your Left-Hand Lady," "See-saw Your Pretty 
Little Taw," Allemande Left, Grand Right and Left, meeting 
Partners with a "Back-track," continuing the Grand Right and 
Left in the Opposite direction until Partners again meet with a 
Right Forearm Swing half-around, and continue the Grand 
Right and Left in the usual counterclockwise direction until 
Partners again meet, and Promenade home. 



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Call for "Sally's Favorite" 

All four couples Half-Sashay, 
Up to the center and back away. 
Up to the center with a Left-Hand Star, 
Kentucky-style the way you are. 
Back with the right in that same old Star, 
Kentucky way, don't go too far. 
Break that Star and form a ring, 
Circle left while you shout and sing, 
Break that ring with a Corner Swing, 
Promenade that pretty litde thing. 
Promenade home like you were before, 
One face Two, and Three face Four. 
Star by the left with the Opposite Two, 
Back with the right like you always do. 
Odd Couples arch, Even Couples under, 
Sashay 'round and go like thunder. 
Star by the left with the Opposite Two, 
Back with the right like you always do; it's 
High and low, and away we go, 
Sashay 'round and don't be slow. 
Star by the left with the Opposite Two, 
Back with the right like you always do. 
Odd Couples arch, Even Couples under, 
Sashay 'round and go like thunder. 
Star by the kft with the Opposite Two, 
Back with the right like you always do; it's 
High and low, and away we go, 
Sashay 'round and home you go, 
Everybody Swing. - - 
All four gents to the Corner of the ring;. 
AH around your Left-Hand La- 
dy; - - - 
See-saw your pretty little Taw. 
On the Corner with your left hand, 
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Right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand. 
Set your brakes and take up the slack, 
Meet your Honey and turn right back with a 
Right-Hand Swing on that old Back-track. 

Listen, children, to what I say; when you 
Meet your Honey, go the other way. 
Now you're right, and can't go wrong, 
Meet your little lady and Promenade along. 
Promenade around the town, 
Take those pretty girls right on around, 
Square your sets and settle down. 



Repeat the call as desired. It is not advisable, nor is it cus- 
tomary, to change the call when it is repeated. The First and 
Third Couples always lead out to the right, and the Odd Couples 
always arch, while the Even Couples always go under the arches 
formed by the Odd Couples, to avoid the complexities which 
arise if the call is altered on these points. 



80 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

THE BIG WHEEL 

A Trimming or Chorus Figure * 

Description 

The kdies dance three steps to the center, curtsey, then retire 
to place. 

The ladies now dance forward to form a Right-Hand Ken- 
tucky Star by each grasping the right wrist of the lady ahead of 
her by the right hand. The Star thus formed circles twice 
clockwise, while the gentlemen Promenade in single file counter- 
clockwise to meet their Partners at home place as the ladies 
complete the second revolution of their Star. 

The ladies extend their Star by changing from a wrist grasp 
with the lady ahead to an elbow grasp with the same lady, 
the ladies taking one step outward to form this extended Star. 

At the same time, the gentlemen place their left hands upon 
the shoulders of their Corner Ladies, and each takes his Part- 
ner's left hand with the right hand; Partners' joined hands rest 
upon the ladies? left shoulders^ thus forming a "wheel" with the 
kdies acting as "spokes/' and the gentlemen facing center to 
form the "rim" of the wheel, which now circles clockwise once 
around. 

Upon reaching home place, the ladies break their Star and step 
backward, while the gentlemen release holds with Corners, re- 
taming holds with Partners, and form an extended Left-Hand 
Kentucky Star by grasping die left elbow of the gentleman ahead 
of them by the left hand. 

Meanwhile, the ladies have placed their right hands upon the 
right shoulders of their Corner Gentlemen, while retaining hand 

* While tfee description and call given are for a set of four couples, this 
trimming is mmsaaHy effective when danced by a double set of eight couples. 



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holds with their Partners, thus reversing the formation, which 
now circles counterclockwise once around. 

Upon reaching home place, the gentlemen break their Star, 
and release hands with Partners to dance an Allemande Left 
with Corners, and then a Grand Right and Left until Partners 
meet, and Promenade Partners home. 



Call for "The Big Wheel" 

Ladies to the center and back to the bar, 

Do it again and form a Star. 

Gents Promenade around the hall, 

Turn that Star and pass them all. 

Gents step in, spread out the set, form 

One big wheel with the girls you met. It's a 

Wagonwheel like the one on the farm, 

Turn that big wheel 'round and around. 

When you're back to your place again, 

Ladies swing out and die gents swing in, 

Reverse that wheel and make it spin, 

Gents in the middle, ladies the rim. 

The faster you go, the better you feel, when 

You get home, break that wheeL 

Left-Hand Swing your Corners all, 

Grand Right and Left around the hall. 

Grand Right and Left 'til you meet your own, 

Promenade your Honey home. 

Promenade the winding lane, 

Now we're ready to dance again. 



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THE DOUBLE STAR 

This dance was contributed by Sam Justin, famous boot 
facturer, of Fort Worth, Texas. 

Description 

The First and Third Couples dance three steps forward, and 
retire; the Head Gentlemen twirl their Partners from their 
right to their left sides as they dance backward. 

With Partners in exchanged positions, the two Head Couples 
form a ring of four in the center, which circles clockwise half- 
way around, and then breaks to a Right-Hand Star, which 
circles clockwise until the First Lady is opposite the Fourth 
Couple, and the Third Lady is opposite the Second Couple. 

Break the Right-Hand Star, and the Head Couples form two 
Left-Hand Stars with the Side Couples they are facing. These 
Left-Hand Stars revolve counterclockwise once around. 

Break the Left-Hand Stars, and the Head Couples form a 
Right-Hand Star which circles halfway around clockwise until 
the Head Ladies reach the opposite Side Couples. 

Break the Right-Hand Star, and the Head Couples form two 
Left-Hand Stars with the new Side Couples they are facing. 
These Left-Hand Stars circle counterclockwise once around 
until the Head Couples are in the center of the set. 

Break the Left-Hand Stars, and the Head Couples form a 
Right-Hand Star which circles clockwise until the Head Couples 
are facing their home place. 

Break the Right-Hand Star, and the Head Couples form a 
ring of four, which circles halfway around clockwise until the 
Head Couples are at their home place. 

Break the ring of four, and the Head Gentlemen swing the 



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lady on their left with a Waltz Swing * (these will be their 
original Partners), while the Side Couples also swing Partners 
once around with a Waltz Swing. 

All Promenade Partners once around the set. 

The call is repeated with the Side Couples leading the figure. 

* The call for the final Waltz Swing with Partners is **Break that ring with 
a Corner Swing, and everybody Swing," which each dancer answers by 
swinging his own original Partner, The lady dancing at the left side of the 
gentleman is always his Corner Lady, while the lady dancing at his right side, 
no matter how briefly, is always his Partner. 



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Call for "The Double Star" 

Head Four up to the center and back, 
Head Gents put your ladies on your left. 
Up to the center and ring up four, 
Halfway 'round in the middle of the floor. 
Break in the center to a Right-Hand Cross, 
Lead to the left with a Left-Hand Cross. 
Back to the center and don't get lost. 
Halfway 'round the ring you go, 
Off to the left with a Left-Hand Star, 
Once around the way you are. 
Back to the center with your right hand, a 
Right-Hand Cross as pretty as you can. 
Ring up four in the center of the floor, 
Break that ring with a Corner Swing, 
Everybody Swing, - 
Promenade around the ring. 
Promenade around the town, 
Take your Honey right on around, 
Keep that calico off the ground, 
When you get home, just setde down. 

Repeat the call with the Side Couples leading the figure. 



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MEET YOUR OPPOSITES 

Description 

PART ONE 

The First and Third Couples dance three steps forward, and 
retire, then dance forward again to pass their Opposites by the 
right shoulder in a Right and Left Through. 

When Head Couples have passed by their Opposites, they 
separate from Partners, ladies to the right and the gentlemen to 
the left, dancing between the vacant Head Couples' positions 
and that of the Side Couples to the outside of the set, where 
each turns back toward their home place, meeting Opposites be- 
hind the Side Couples with a Waltz Swing. 

The Head Couples, with Opposites as Partners, dance side by 
side between the Side Ladies and Gentlemen to the center of the 
set, where the Head Ladies dance a Two Ladies Chain, being 
received by their original Partners, who wheel the ladies just 
halfway around tq face the Side Couples, with whom a Four 
Ladies Chain in Line is danced until each lady has chained en- 
tirely through the formation and back to the starting point of die 
Four Ladies Chain in Line figure, in which the gentlemen on 
either end of the formation wheel each kdy they receive att the 
'way around, while the two gentlemen in the center of the forma- 
tion wheel each lady they receive just halfway around, turning 
constantly counterclockwise as they chain the ladies. 

All Balance home, and then dance the Chorus of "All Around 
Your Left-Hand Lady," "See-saw Your Pretty Little Taw," 
"AUemande Left," "Grand Right and Left," "Back-Track" and 
"Promenade" home. 

Part Two is now called for the Side Couples. 



86 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



PART Two 

The Second and Fourth Couples dance three steps forward and 
back, then Right and Left Through, separating from Partners 
after passing Opposites, ladies to the right, and gentlemen to 
the left, to pass between the vacant Side Couples' positions 
and the standing Head Couples. 

Opposites meet with a Waltz Swing behind the Head Couples, 
and then dance side by side between the Head Ladies and Gentle- 
men to the center of the set, where the two Side Ladies Chain 
to their original Partners, who wheel the ladies halfway around, 
counterclockwise, to face the Head or "outside" Couples. 

The Third and Fourth Couples raise their joined (inside) 
hands high in an arch, and dance over the First and Second 
Couples, who dance under these arches. 

The couples on either end of the formation wheel counter- 
clockwise with inside hands only joined, while the two couples 
in the center alternate the "arch" and "under" movement to 
dance across the set so as to face the outside couples, the couple 
who arched over on the first movement dancing under the 
arch formed by those who danced under in the initial move- 
ment of the figure. 

This alternate "arch" and "under" routine is continued until 
all couples have danced entirely through the formation and back 
to the starting point.* 

Balance home, Partners swing with the Waltz Swing, and then 
dance the same Chorus as was used for Part One of the dance. 

*Tbe u Arch and Under" or "Duck and Dive" figure for four couples in 
line requires the same timing as does the ''Right and Left Eight" figure: 
twenty-foor beats of music. 



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Flop -Eared Mule 




87 



88 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

Call for "Meet Your Opposite*" 
PART ONE 

First and Third go forward and back, 

Forward again with a Right and Left Through. 

Ladies go gee, gents go haw, 

Meet your Opposite, swing at the wall 

Once around, that will be all; 

Through that couple, Head Ladies Chain, 

When you get your own again, 

Face the Sides and Four Ladies Chain. 

Chain those ladies, four in line, 

Keep on chaining, you're doing fine. 

Chain them one, chain them aH, 

Chain those ladies across the hall. 

Hurry up, boys, you're almost done, 

Chain those girls 'til you meet the one you 

Call your own, and Balance home. 

CHORUS 
All around your Left Hand La- 

dy; - - - 

See-saw your pretty little Taw. 

On the Corner with your left hand, 

AUemande Left as pretty as you can, 

Right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand. 

Sold my Jennie, but kept my jack, 

Meet your Honey and turn right back with a 

Right-Hand Swing on that old Back-track. 

Listen, children, to what I say; 

Meet your Honey, go the other way. 

Now you're right, and you can't go wrong, 

Meet your little kdy and Promenade along. 

Promenade 'em two by two, 

Walk 'em home like you always do. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 89 



PART Two 

Second and Fourth go forward and back, 

Forward again with a Right and Left Through. 

Ladies go gee, gents go haw, 

Meet your Opposite, swing at the wall, 

Once around, that will be aU; 

Through that couple, Side Ladies Chain, 

When you get your own again, 

Face the Heads, don't you blunder, 

This way arch and that way under, 

Duck and dive and go like thunder. 

First you're high, and then you're low, 

Come on, boys, don't be slow. 

Duck and dive across the ring, 

Balance home, Partners Swing, 

Swing them all around the hall, 

Square your sets and listen to the call. 

CHORUS 

All around your Left Hand La- 

dy; - - - 

Sashay 'round your pretty Baby. 

Swing on the Corner with your left hand, 

Allemande Left as pretty as you can, a 

Right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand. 

Set your brakes, take up the slack, 

Meet your Honey and turn right back with a 

Right-Hand Swing on that old Back-track. 

Listen, children, to what I say, 

Meet your Honey, go the other way. 

Now you're right and you can't go wrong, 

Meet your little lady and Promenade along. 

Promenade 'em two by two, 

Walk 'em home like you always do. 



90 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND 

This dance 'was originated by Charles Endress^ of Houston, 
Texas. 

Description 

Couples One and Three bow to Partners, and then swing with 
a Waltz Swing, after which the two Head Couples Promenade 
three-quarters around the outside of the set, stopping behind 
each Head Gentleman's Corner Couple. 

The Head Ladies and Gentlemen pass side by side with Part- 
ners between the Side Ladies and Gentlemen they Promenaded 
to, and form a Right-Hand Star in the center of the set, which 
circles once clockwise. 

All dance a Left Forearm Swing one-and-a-half times around 
with Corners. The Side Ladies and Gentlemen now form a 
Right-Hand Star in the center of the set, circling once while the 
Head Ladies and Gentlemen "balance" to their home places. 

All dance a Left Forearm Swing one-and-a-half times around 
with Corners. The Head Ladies and Gentlemen now form a 
Right-Hand Star in the center of the set, circling once, then 
reverse to a Left-Hand Star which circles once. 

All dance a Pioneer Do-si-do by turning Corners by the 
right hand, then Partners by the left hand, Corners again by 
the right hand, then back to Partners with a Left-Hand Swing. 

All Balance home and dance the Chorus call of "All Around 
Your Left Hand Lady," "See-saw Your Pretty Little Taw," 
Alleinande Left, Grand Right and Left until Partners meet, and 
Promenade home. 

The call is repeated with die Second and Fourth Couples 
leading the figure. 



Half Way 



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92 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



Call for "The Merry-Go-Round" 

First and Third, bow and Swing, 
Promenade the outside ring 
Three-quarters 'round, don't go too far, 
Split your Corners to a Right-Hand Star. A 
Bight-Hand Cross all the way around, 
Corners by the left as you come down with a 
Once and a Half, and a half all around, 
Give 'em a ride on the Merry-Go-Round. A 
Right-Hand Cross in the center of the ring, 
Meet your Corner with a Left-Hand Swing 
Once and a Half, and a half all around, 
Keep that calico off the ground. 
Shoot 'em to the center for a Right-Hand Cross 
Halfway 'round, don't get lost. 
Left hand back in the center of the ring, 
Meet your Corner with a Right-Hand Swing. 
Partner by the left as she comes down, 
Do-si-do with your feet on the ground. 
All night long you swing and sway, 
Do-si-do that old time way. 
Now you're right, and now you're wrong, 
Get your Honey, Balance home. It's 
All around your Left Hand La- 
dy; - - - 
Sashay 'round your pretty Baby. 
On the Corner with your left hand, 
Allemande Left as pretty as you can, 
Right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand. 
Grand Right and Left 'til you meet your own, 
Promenade your Partners home. 
On your heel and on your toe, 
Square your sets and here we go. 

Repeat the call with die Second and Fourth Couples leading. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 93 

VENUS AND MARS 

A Trimming Used as a Chorus or Ending 
Description 

All dance to the center and form a Right-Hand "Kentucky 
Star" by each grasping the right wrist of the person on his left 
with the right hand. 

The Star thus formed circles halfway around, and then re- 
verses to a Left-Hand "Kentucky Star" which circles until all 
reach their home place, where the First Lady only breaks from 
the eight-hand Star (which continues to revolve), and describes 
a clockwise circle around her home place with her right hand 
extended to form the hub of an imaginary Right-Hand Star,* 

As each lady in turn reaches the First Couple's position in 
the set, they break from the eight-hand Star, and step into the 
Right-Hand Star which was instituted by the First Lady, taking 
their places behind the same lady 'who ivas ahead of them in the 
Kentucky Left-Hand Star. 

As the First Lady and First Gentleman meet in their respec- 
tive Stars, they break from these Stars, and exchange places 
with each other, with the gentlemen passing behind the lady 
as they cross from Star to Star. Each couple follows in turn as 
they meet, both Stars continuing to revolve at a constant rate 
of turn. 

As the First Lady and Gentleman meet again after one 
revolution in their new Stars, they again exchange places, each 
couple following in turn with the gentlemen passing in front of 
the ladies on this second exchange of Stars. 

When the First Lady and Gentleman meet again after one 
revolution of the Stars, they break to a Promenade, each couple 
following in turn. 

* The First Lady must be certain tfoat her rate of mm as she institutes and 
feads the Right-Hand Star of the kdks is the same as the rate of torn of the 
Kentucky Star; both formations must revolve at the same speed. 



94 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



Call for "Venus and Mars" 

Eight to the center and cross right hands, 

Kentucky style, as pretty as you can. 

Turn right back to a Left-Hand Cross, 

Kentucky way, don't get lost. 

First Lady out and form two Stars, 

One like Venus, one like Mars. 

Ladies lead in, gents lead out, 

Change those Stars around about. 

Ladies lead out, gents lead in, 

Change those Stars around again. 

Find your sweetheart, find your mate, 

Take that girl and Promenade eight. 

Promenade your Partners all, 

Take 'em right around the hall. 

Promenade around the town, 

When you get home, just settle down. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 95 

DOUBLE THE DOSE 

This dance 'was originated by Pat Pattison, of Santa Fe, New 
Mexico. 

Description 

The First Lady and Gentleman bow to each other, and then 
swing with a Waltz Swing, breaking from the swing with a 
slight Balance to Partners, after which the First Couple again 
swing with a Waltz Swing. 

The First Lady and Gentleman now dance a Lef t-Hand Swing 
with Corners, after which they swing one-and-a-half times 
around in the center with a Right Forearm Swing. 

The First Lady and Gentleman now dance a Left-Hand 
Swing with the dancers who are opposite their Corners in the 
set, after which they swing one-and-a-half times around in the 
center with a Right Forearm Swing. 

The First Couple dance to the Third Couple with whom they 
form a ring of four, which circles one-and-a-half times clock- 
wise. 

On the call directing them to do so, the Second and Fourth 
Couples dance a Right and Left Through to exchanged positions, 
where they wheel to face the center of the set. 

As the Head Couples complete their one-and-a-half circle, 
the Third Couple raise their joined, inside, hands high to form 
an arch under which the First Couple dances to the center of 
the set. 

The First Lady and Gentleman dance a Left-Hand Swing 
with their original Comers (who will be the nearest dancers in 
the Side Couples* positions), after which they swing one-and-a- 
half times around in the center with a Right Forearm Swing, 
moving to their home pkces as they do so. 

The two Side Couples (Second and Fourth) dance three steps 
forward, and retire, after which the two Side Ladies swing one- 
and-a-half times around with a Right Forearm Swing. 



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ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



The two Side Ladles now dance a Left-Hand Swing with 
Opposites, ,after which they swing one-and-a-half times around 
with a Right Forearm Swing. 

The two Side Ladies dance a Left-Hand Swing with their 
Partners, and all "square the set." 

The Side Couples dance a Right and Left Through to their 
home place, where they wheel around to face center, completing 
the change. 

The dance is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth 
Couples in turn leading the figure. 



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Jumping Cactus 




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OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 97 



Call for "Double the Dose" 

First Couple bow, then you Swing; 

Step right back, and Swing her again, 

Swing on the Corners, make them laugh, 

Right to your own for a Once-and-a-Half. 

Once-and-a-Half, don't fall down; 

Opposite Corners with a Left Hand 'Round. 

Meet your Honey in the center of the ring with a 

Once-and-a-Half, a Right-Hand Swing. 

Break to the couple across the set, 

Ring up four with the ones you met. 

Circle once-and-a-half, two by two, 

Side Couples dance a Right and Left Through. 

Inside arch, outside under; 

Left to the Sides and don't you blunder. 

Right to your Honey as she comes down, 

Once-and-a-Half and a half all around. 

Left to your Corners, a Left-Hand Swing, 

Right to your own in the center of the ring. 

Balance to your places all; 

Square your sets, and listen to the-calL 

Side Couples forward, and then return, 

Side Ladies center and watch them churn with a 

Once-and-a-Half, a Right-Hand Swing, 

Side Ladies break across the ring; 

Left to your Opposites, hang on close, 

Back to the center and Double the Dose, with a 

Once-and-a-Half, and a half all around, 

Meet your Honey with a Left-Hand 'Round. 

Swing by the left, don't be late; 

Right and Left Through to your own home state. 

Balance to your places all, 

Square your sets, and listen to the call. 

Repeat die call for the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples 
in turn. 



98 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



HOUSTON STAR 

This dance and call 'was originated by Tom Mullen of Hou- 
ton > Texas. 

Description 

All dance into the center and retire to place. The four ladies 
now form a Right-Hand Star which circles once. 

When at home place, all Sashay by Partners (the gentle- 
men passing behind their Partners), so that the ladies will be 
at their home places while the gentlemen are in the center of 
the set, where they form a Left-Hand Star which circles once. 

When Partners meet, the gentlemen hold their Left-Hand 
Star and take their Partners' left hands with their free right 
hands to form a Double Star, with Partners' joined hands held 
high to form arches (the formation thus created being known 
as a "Houston Star")- 

The Houston Star circles one quarter counterclockwise, 
whereupon the First Gentleman breaks from the Star, the First 
Lady and Gentleman releasing their joined hands, and turning 
iwward, toward each other, so as to face in the opposite direction, 
rejoin new inside hands. 

The First Couple dances under the arches formed by the other 
three couples, who continue to revolve in the Star counter- 
clockwise, while the First Couple moves clockwise under the 
three arches until they reach their position in the Star formation.* 

The First Couple now stands upright while turning inward, 
toward Partners, and rejoin die Houston Star which continues 
to revolve one quarter counterclockwise. 

* Note that the couple who dance under the arches will rejoin the Houston 
Star at that couple's borne place, and that each couple will break from the 
Houston Star to dance under the arches when they are at the position of the 
next couple at the right of their home place. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 99 

The gentlemen break their Star and dance backward while the 
ladies dance forward to form a new Houston Star, the ladies 
joining their right hands in the center with the gentlemen on the 
outside of the formation, Partner's joined hands held high. 

The new Houston Star thus formed circles one quarter 
counterclockwise. 

The Second Gentleman breaks from the Star, the Second 
Lady and Gentleman release their joined hands and turn in- 
ward, toward each other, so as to face in the opposite direction. 

The Second Couple dances under the arches formed by the 
other three couples who continue to circle counterclockwise, 
while the Second Couple moves clockwise under the arches un- 
til they reach their place in the Star formation, where the 
Second Couple stands upright while turning inward, toward 
Partners, rejoining the Houston Star which continues to revolve 
counterclockwise for another quarter-turn. 

The ladies break their Right-Hand Star and swing out to take 
the Promenade position with Partners. All Promenade around 
the set to home place. 

The entire call is repeated with the Third and Fourth Couples 
in turn leading the movement of dancing under the three arches 
of the other dancers in the set. 



100 



ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



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Rutli's Quadrille 




or "Houston Star" 



All eight to the center and back to the bar, 
Ladies to the center with a Right-Hand Star. 
Right on around, go all the way, when you 
Meet your Honey, you all Sashay. 
Gents to the center with a Left-Hand Star, go 
All the way around for a Houston Star. 
Arch with your right and your Partner's left, 
Pick her up and travel your best with your 
Hands up high; Couple Number One, 
Turn right back and duck right under with 
Three arches over and go like thunder. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 101 

Turn right around and join the Star; 

Make it smooth and up to par. 

Gents turn out, kdies turn in, 

Form that Houston Star again, 

Turn that Star around the ring. 

Couple Number Two, turn right under with 

Three arches over and go like thunder. 

Turn right around and join the Star, 

Make it smooth and up to par. 

Ladies turn out and all Promenade, oh, 

Promenade that pretty little maid. 

Promenade home like you were before, we'll 

Do it again for the other Four. 

All eight to the center and back to the bar, 

Ladies to the center with a Right-Hand Star. 

Right on around, go all the way, when you 

Meet your Honey, you all Sashay. 

Gents to the center with a Left-Hand Star, go 

All the way around for a Houston Star. 

Arch with your right and your Partner's left, 

Pick her up and travel you best with your 

Hands up high; Couple Number Three, 

Turn right back and duck right under with 

Three arches over and go like thunder. 

Turn right around and join the Star, 

Make it smooth and up to par. 

Gents turn out, ladies turn in, 

Form that Houston Star again, 

Turn that Star around the ring. 

Couple Number Four* turn right under with 

Three arches over and go like thunder. 

Turn right around and join the Star, 

Make it smooth and up to par. 

Ladies turn out and all Promenade, oh, 

Promenade that pretty little maid* 

Promenade Two, Promenade Four, 

Promenade home like you were before. 



102 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



FLAP LIKE THUNDER 

While this is a very simple figure, it should be danced only 
by experienced dancers, and then only where there is plenty of 
space between sets. 

This dance is very dangerous in the hands of inexperienced, 
or, improperly instructed dancers. Not only the dancers, but 
spectators as well can be seriously injured in this dance, which 
is perfectly safe if the dancers know what to do, and ho<w to 
do it, and, observe these points to the letter, particularly as to 
the floor space required for the dance. 

Except for the active couples, all other dancers on the floor 
should drop to a low, or kneeling position until they become 
active, thus preventing any accidents from the flying heels of 
the active ladies as they "flap." 

Description 

The First Couple leads to the Second Couple where the 
First and Second Ladies join both hands, while the First and 
Second Gentlemen join both hands over those of the ladies, to 
the call of "Eight Hands Over." 

This formation circles clockwise until the call of '^Ladies bow, 
Gents bow under," when the gentlemen raise their joined hands 
high. 

The ladies step forward under the raised arms of the gentle- 
men and then raise their joined hands high with the gentlemen 
stepping forward under the raised arms of the ladies. 

The ladies retain their hand holds, and encircle the Ttecks of 
the gentlemen on either side of them e mth their arms, 'while the 
gentlemen break their holds to grasp the lady on either side of 
them by the muscle just under the lady^s armpit, bearing against 
this muscle with pressure of the hand rather than a grip. 

The holds just described are very important for the execu- 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 103 

tion of this dance, and should be thoroughly understood by all 
on the floor before proceeding farther with the instructions 
which follow. 

The basket formation circles clockwise with the gentlemen 
taking a pivot step by keeping the right foot to the center, while 
stepping sideward with the left foot, at the same time bending 
and straightening the knees, which causes the ladies (who keep 
their feet raised from the floor) to "flap." * 

On the call directing them to do so, the gentlemen set the 
ladies down by breaking their pivot, and Partners swing with 
a Waltz Swing. 

The First Couple repeats the figure with the Third and Fourth 
Couples in turn, after which the chorus of AUemande Left, 
Grand Right and Left until Partners meet, and Promenade 
home, are danced. 

The dance is then led by the Second, Third, and Fourth 
Couples in turn. 

* If the ladies will arch their backs, while throwing die head well back, 
they will find their heels touching over their heads as the gentlemen "flap" 
them. 

The gentlemen must step deliberately, and carefully, as they pivot, for a 
trip or a tangled foot will pile up the formation in a heap. 

This figure is executed easily, without strain or lift" on the part of the 
gentlemen, through the use of leverage obtained by the hand holds used in 
the formation. 



Run, Johnny, Run 












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OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 105 



Call for "Flap Like Thunder" 

First Couple out to the couple on the right with 

Eight hands over. - - 

Ladies bow, gents bow under, 

Hold your holds, and flap like thunder! 



Set 'em down, and Partners Swing, 

Lead on to the next in the ring with 

Eight hands over. - - 

Ladies bow, gents bow under, 

Hug 'em up tight, and flap like thunder! 



Set 'em down, and Partners Swing, 

Lead on to the next in the ring with 
Eight hands over. - - 
Ladies bow, gents bow under, 
Flap 'em, boys, and go like thunder! 



Set *em down, and everybody 

Swing; - 

All four gents to the Corner of the ring. 

AUemande Left with your left hand, 

Right to your Honey, Right and Left Grand. 

Grand Right and Left around the hall, 

When you meet your pretty little Taw, 

Promenade your Partners all, 

Promenade that old corral. 

Repeat the call for the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples 
in turn. 



106 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

TWO STARS 

An exit figure 

Description 

All dance an Allemande Left and then a Grand Right and 
Left. As Partners meet, they dance past each other by the 
right shoulder 'without taking hands, 'with the exception of the 
First Couple. 

Instead of passing by each other, the First Lady turns out- 
ward, to her left, to describe a counterclockwise circle behind 
the Third Couple's position in the set with her left hand extended 
to the center of the imaginary circle she is following. 

At the same time, the First Gentleman turns inward, to his 
left, to describe a counterclockwise circle in the center of the 
set with his left hand extended to the center of the imaginary 
circle he is following. 

All other dancers continue in their respective circles, single file, 
ladies moving clockwise, in an outer circle, while the gentlemen 
move counterclockwise in an inner circle. 

As each dancer reaches the Third Couple's position in the set, 
they join their respective Left-Hand Stars with the ladies in the 
outer star, and the gentlemen in the inner star, stepping into 
place behind the same person who was ahead of each in the 
Grand Right and Left and single-file circle formations.* 

The gentlemen reverse to a Right-Hand Star, while the ladies 
continue with their Left-Hand Star for another revolution. 

As the first Lady and Gentleman meet, they break from their 
stars, and join the other star by dancing diagonally forward, 

* The First Lady and Gentleman must time their rate of torn in die Left- 
Hand Stars they instituted so that they make one complete revolution in the 
Stars they are leading in eight beats of vmisic, which will bring the First 
Couple together in the center of the formation as the two stars are completed. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 107 

passing by the right shoulder as they cross to take each othefs 
places in the stars. Each couple follows in turn as they meet their 
Partners. 

As the First Lady and Gentleman meet again after one revolu- 
tion of the stars in exchanged positions, they break from their 
respective stars to take the Skating Position, and Promenade 
counterclockwise, each couple following in turn as they meet 
their Partners. 



Call for "Two Stars" 

On the Corner with your left hand, 
Right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand. 
Grand Right and Left 'til you meet again, 
Ladies trail out, and the gents trail in; 
Form two Stars and let them spin, with 
Left hands crossed, gents turn in with a 
Right-Hand Star 'til you meet your Taw, 
Swap those Stars across the hall. 
Through the center and pass your own, 
When you meet again, just head for home, and 
Promenade right off the floor, that's 
All there is, there ain't no more. 
First Couple lead, the rest all follow, 
Thank the fiddler and kiss the caller. 
Find your kdy a nice soft chair, 
Set her down and give her air! 



108 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

THE DO-SI-DO SHUFFLE 
Description 

The First and Third Couples bow to Partners, and then swing 
with a Waltz Swing, breaking out of their swing to Promenade 
halfway around the outside of the set. 

When in Opposites' positions, the two Head Couples dance a 
Right and Left Through to their home place where they wheel 
around to face the center. 

The Four Ladies Chain to their Opposite Gentlemen who 
wheel the ladies around, and send them back in a Four Ladies 
Chain to their Partners. 

The First and Third Couples lead to the couples on their 
right with whom they form two rings of four which circle 
halfway around, clockwise. 

The Head Gentlemen break with their Corners in the rings, 
all other hand holds retained, and the two Head Gentlemen 
lead the three dancers they circled with into two lines of four 
each, facing the opposite Hne in the Side Couples' positions. 

The two lines exchange places with a Right and Left Through, 
couples wheel around in exchanged places, and Right and Left, 
back to the original line formation and positions. 

The four ladies dance a Two Ladies Chain with the lady 
opposite them in the line formation, the gentlemen wheeling the 
ladies one-tmd-a-quarter times around so as to face the other 
couple in their respective lines with whom another Two Ladies 
Chain is now danced. 

The gentlemen receive the ladies and wheel them just three- 
quarters around so as to face the opposite line. 

The four ladies dance a Two Ladies Chain with the lady 
opposite them in the line formation, the gentlemen wheeling the 
ladies they receive oive-and-a-qiiarter times around so as to face 
the other couple in their respective lines with whom another 
Two Ladies Chain is now danced, which brings the ladies back 
to their original Partners. 



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109 



All Balance home as Partners wheel around to finish this 
final Two Ladies Chain, and then join hands in a ring of eight 
which circles clockwise halfway around the sec 

When in Opposites positions, all dance a Do-si-do, which is 
finished with a Left-Hand Swing with Partners instead of the 
usual wheel-around, and then Promenade home with Partners. 

The call is repeated with the two Side Couples, Second and 
Fourth, leading the dance. 



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Golden Slippers 




110 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



Call for "The Do-si-do Shuffle" 

First and Third bow and Swing, 

Promenade the outside ring. 

Halfway 'round and then no more, 

Lead right down the middle of the floor. 

Right and Left Through, two by two, 

Square your sets like you always do. 

Four Ladies Chain across the track, 

Turn 'em around and Chain right back. 

Chain those pretty girls 'cross the floor, 

Head Couples to the right and ring up four. 

Circle half, break to a line, 

Four in line you stand. 

Forward all, Right and Left Through, 

Right and Left back like you always do, 

Forward all and pass on through. 

Four Ladies Chain across the set to the 

Other side, you're not through yet; 

Turn and Chain right down .the line, 

Chain those ladies, you're right on time, 

Chain across, you're doing fine. 

Come on girls, you're almost home, 

Chain down the line and get your own. 

Balance home and form a ring, 

Ring up eight while you shout and sing. 

All hands up, around you go, 

Bow and smile and Do-si-do, 

You'll never get to Heaven if you carry on sol 

Plow the middle and hoe the row, 

"Granny, will your dog bite? No, child, no!" 

Take your Honey, home you go. 

Promenade around the town, 

Take those pretty girls right on around* 

Repeat the call with the Second and Fourth (Side Couples) 
leading the dance. 



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SIX TO TWO 
Description 

The First Lady and Gentleman bow to each other and then 
swing with a Waltz Swing, breaking their swing to dance 
side by side across the set to pass between the Third Lady 
and Gentleman to the outside of the set, where they separate 
from Partners, the First Lady dancing to her right to take her 
place alongside the Third Gentleman, while the First Gentleman 
dances to his left to stand alongside the Third Lady, thus 
forming a line of four. 

The line of four dances three steps forward, then retires. 

The First Gentleman now leads the line of four (hands 
joined in line) to his right into position behind the Fourth 
Couple, who join their inside hands, and reach back with their 
free outside hands to take the free outside hands of the First 
Lady and Gentleman, thus forming a "Dee" of six dancers 
with all hands joined. 

This "Dee" formation dances three steps forward, and then 
retires, with the Second Couple dancing forward as the "Dee" 
dances backward. 

The Second Couple now retires to place while the **Dee" 
dances three steps forward, and then retires, the Second Couple 
standing fast at their home place. 

The First Lady and Gentleman release their hand holds with 
the Fourth Couple, all other holds retained, and the First Gentle- 
man leads the line of four to his right, into the vacant First 
Couple's position. 

The line of four dances three steps forward to the center where 
they stand fast, while the two Side Couples dance a Right and 
Left Through to exchanged positions, and then dance a Right 
and Left Through back to place. 

As the Side Couples wheel in their home positions, the First 



112 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

and Third Couples separate, moving toward the Side Couples 
so as to create an opening in the center of their line of four. 

The two Side Ladies now dance a Two Ladies Chain by- 
passing through this opening in the center line of four dancers, 
and then repeat the Two Ladies Chain back to Partners. 

As the Side Couples wheel at home place, the First and 
Third Couples re-form their line of four and retire to the 
First Couple's position. 

The First Gentleman leads the line of four to his right around 
the outside of the set to form a "Dee" with the Second Couple. 

The "Dee" formation dances three steps forward, then re- 
tires with the Fourth Couple following them. The Fourth 
Couple now retires to place while the "Dee" dances forward. 
The Fourth Couple stands fast at home place while the "Dee" 
retires. 

The First Lady and Gentleman break their holds with the 
Second Couple, and the First Gentleman leads the line of 
four to his right into the vacant Third Couple's position. 

The line of four dances forward to the center of the set 
where they form a ring of four which circles once clockwise, 
and then breaks to include the two Side Couples in a ring of 
eight, which circles halfway around the set clockwise. 

When in Opposites positions, the ring of eight breaks into 
a Do-si-do which is finished with a Left-Hand Swing with 
Partners instead of the wheel-around. 

All Promenade with Partners to home place. 

The dance is now led by the Second, Third, and Fourth 
Couples in turn. 



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First Couple bow, then you Swing, 
Forward up and split the ring. 
Lady goes right, gent goes wrong, 
Four in line you stand. - 
Forward up, you four in line, 
Fall back four, you're doing fine. 



114 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

Sashay four to the right, 

Form that Dee, hold on tight. 

Forward six and pick up two, 

Fall back eight, dance six to two. 

Forward eight and drop off two, 

Fall back six and leave those two. 

Sashay right, you line of four, 

Forward up, and the Outside Four 

Right and Left along that line to the 

Opposite side and back again. 

Right and Left back as you were before, 

Open up in the center four, 

Two Ladies Chain right through that door to the 

Opposite Gent and back once more. 

Chain those ladies across the track, 

Close up four, and four fall back. 
Sashay four to the right, 
Form a Dee and hold on tight. 
Forward six and pick up two, 
Fall back eight, dance six to two. 
Forward eight and drop off two, 
Fall back six and leave those two. 
Sashay right, you line of four, 
Forward up and ring up four. 
Circle four 'til you get straight, 
Break it up, and ring up eight. 
Circle eight, around you go; 
When you get right, we'll Do-si-do. 
Partners left, and Corners right, 
Swing those girls, don't take all night. 
Do-si-do 'til you come around, 
Get your Honey and head for town. 
Promenade your Partners all, 
Walk 'em home around the halL 

Repeat the call for the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples 
in turn. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 115 

ARIZONA DOUBLE STAR 

This dance 'was originated by Jerry Lung of Boise, Idaho. 
Description 

The First and Third Gentlemen take left hands with Part- 
ners, and change the ladies from the right to the gentleman's 
left side; the Head Ladies and Gentlemen hereafter dancing 
in these exchanged positions. 

The Head Couples dance three steps forward and retire, after 
which they form a Right-Hand Star in the center, and circle 
one-and-a-quarter times to the position of each gentleman's 
Corner Lady in the set. 

Break the Star, and the Head Couples form two Left-Hand 
Stars with the couples they met (First Couple with the Fourth, 
Third Couple with the Second). 

The two Left-Hand Stars circle once, after which the Head 
Ladies dance a Two Ladies Chain to their Opposite Gentle- 
men who wheel them counterclockwise, and then face die other 
Head Couple with Opposites as Partners. 

The Head Couples form a ring of four which circles halfway 
around clockwise.* 

Head Couples break the ring to dance a Right and Left 
Through, passing the opposite dancers by the right shoulder, 
and continuing in the direction they are moving to pass between 
the Side Ladies and Gentlemen to the outside of the set, where 
die Head Ladies and Gendemen separate to dance singly 
around the outside of the set to each dancer's home place. 

* It makes a very pretty pattern if die Side Ladies and Gentlemen separate 
as the Head Couples circle hatfiDay around m the center, and then dance two 
steps forward as the Head Couples Right and Left Through, then dance two 
steps backward; thus they form two lines of focir as the Head Couples dance to 
the outside of the set, the Side Ladies and Gentlemen returning tx> home 
place as the Head Ladies and Gentlemen dance singly arewmd the outside el the 
set. 



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ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



All swing Partners with a Left-Hand Swing, after which the 
gentlemen dance to their Corner Ladies with whom they take 
the skating position, and Promenade Corners around the set to 
the gentleman's home place. 

The dance is repeated three times more with the Head 
Couples leading, and then four times with the Side Couples 
leading the dance, eight changes in all. 



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OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 117 



Call for "Arizona Double Star 9 

Head Gents put your ladies on your left, 
Up to the center, and back to the set. 
Forward again, and form a Star with 
Right hands crossed the way you are. 
Lead to the left, and form two Stars with 
Left hands crossed; don't go too far. 
Break those Stars, Head Ladies Chain to the 
Opposite Gents, and form a ring; 
Circle four in the middle of the floor. 
Halfway 'round; the Center Four 
Right and Left Through; don't turn back; 
Split your Corners to the outside track. 
Ladies go gee, gents go haw; a 
Left-Hand Swing with your pretty little Taw; 
All run away with the Corners of the ring, 
Promenade that pretty little thing that's 
Slim around the waist, and pretty in die face, 
Promenade your ladies back to place. 
Srir up the dust, and sweep out the sand, 
Plant your 'taters in a sandy land. 

Repeat die call three times more for the Head Conples, then 
four times for the Side Couples, eight changes in all 



118 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

THEPINWHEELS 

An exit figure 

Description 

The First and Third Couples lead to the right, forming two 
rings of four with the Side Couples; they circle once clock- 
wise, and then break to two Right-Hand Stars, which revolve 



once. 



The two Head Gentlemen break from the Right-Hand 
Stars to join their left hands, and circle counterclockwise, 
while the other dancers continue to circle clockwise with right 
hands joined. 

As the two Side Gentlemen reach the center of the forma- 
tion, they break from the Right-Hand Stars to form a Left- 
Hand Star* with the two Head Gentlemen, while the ladies 
continue to circle clockwise with right hands joined. 

All -formations must regulate their movements so that they 
revolve at a uniform rate in this figure. 

As the First and Third Gentlemen meet their Partners in 
their respective formations, they "pick-up" the ladies by linking 
their outside arms with the outside arms of the ladies, the Side 
Couples doing the same as they meet their Partners. The Double 
Star thus formed circles counterclockwise until the First Lady 
reaches the Second Couple's position in the set. 

The First Lady breaks from the Double Star to describe a 
clockwise circle with her right hand extended to the center of 
the imaginary Right-Hand Star she is instituting. 
As each kdy in turn reaches the Second Couple's position, 

* The gentlemen make four revolutions in their Left-Hand Star formation: 
one revolution to form the Left-Hand Star in the center of die set; the second 
revolution as they pick up their Partners to form die Double Star; the third 
revolution as the ladies break from the Double Star to form their Right-Hand 
Star at the Second Couple's position; and the fourth revolution as die two 
Stars mesh once around in die "cogwheel" formation. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 119 

they break from the Double Star to join the Right-Hand Star 
which the First Lady instituted, stepping into the formation 
behind the same lady who was ahead of her in the Double Star. 

The two stars thus formed make one complete revolution 
with the two stars meshing as gears by the ladies meshing be- 
hind their Partners as they meet in this "cogwheel" movement, 
which is prevented from drifting by the First Lady and Gentle- 
man acting as anchors in their respective stars. The First Lady 
and Gentleman also regulate the rate of turn of the stars so that 
they will mesh properly and turn at a uniform speed. The 
entire figure depends upon the guidance of the First Couple 
in these points of acting as anchors and setting the pace. 

As the First Lady and Gentleman meet after one complete 
revolution of the "cogwheel" formation, they break from their 
stars to take the skating position, and Promenade off the floor, 
each couple in turn following as Partners meet in the cogwheel 
movement* 

Call for "The Pinwheeh" 

First and Third out to die right, 
Ring up four with all your might. 
Cross right hands and form two wheels, 
Head Gents meet in a center wheeL 
Side Gents follow as you come around, 
Pick up your ladies on your arm, 
Hold those gals, don't fall down, 
Keep that calico off the ground- 
First Lady break to a Right-Hand Cross, 
Ladies follow, don't get lost 
Hold those Stars, don't let 'em slide, 
Two Stars turning side by side. 
Mesh those gears and make 'em spin, 
Promenade when you meet again. 
First Couple lead, the rest all follow, 
Thank the fiddler and kiss the caller. 



120 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

SWING IN THE CENTER, LEAVE YOUR TAW 
Description 

The First and Third Couples dance forward and swing Op- 
posites three-quarters around with a Two-Hand Swing, rolling 
out of the swing to face the nearest Side Couples, with Op- 
posites as Partners. 

Couples facing dance a Right and Left Through. 

The Head Ladies and Gentlemen separate to dance singly 
around the outside of the set to their home places, while the 
two Side Couples swing their Opposites three-quarters around 
with a Two-Hand Swing, rolling out of the swing to face the 
nearest Head Couple's position. 

Side Couples, with Opposites as Partners, now dance side by 
side between the Head Ladies and Gentlemen to the outside 
of the set, where the Side Ladies and Gentlemen separate to 
dance singly around the outside of the set to their home places. 

As the Side Ladies and Gentlemen separate, the two Head 
Couples dance forward on a right diagonal toward the Side 
Couple's positions, where they meet the Side Couples on their 
return to their home places, forming two rings of four with 
the couples they meet. 

The two rings circle once clockwise, and then break to a 
Do-si-do, after which all dance a Left-Hand Swing with 
Corners, pivoting into the skating position as they swing, and 
all Promenade once around the set with Corners to the gentle- 
man's home place. All Balance to new Partners and square the 
set. 

The call is repeated three times more with the Head Couples 
leading the dance, and then four times with the Side Couples 
leading the dance, eight changes in all, finishing the dance with 
original. Partners. 



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122 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



Call for "Swing in the Center, Leave Your Taw" 

Head Couples forward, Opposites Swing with 

Two hands 'round, face the outside ring. 

Right and Left Through, with a gee and a haw, 

Swing in the center, leave your Taw. 

Split your Corners to the outside track, 

Head Couples right while the Sides go back. 

Form two rings, don't be slow, 

Break right out with a Do-si-do. 

Four little ladies come and go while the 

Gents come around on the heel and toe. 

One more change, one more swing, 

All four gents to the Corner of the ring, 

Left-Hand Swing your Corner Maid, 

Take that Ldy and all Promenade. 

Promenade your Corners all, 

Take those pretty girls 'round the hall 

On your heel and on your toe, 

Not too fast and not too slow. 

Balance in your places all, 

Square your sets and listen to the call. 

Repeat the call three more times for the Head Couples, then 
four rimes for the Side Couples, transposing the term of "Heads" 
and "Sides" when the Side Couples are leading the dance. 
Eight changes in all, finishing the dance with original Partners. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 123 

COWBOY LOOP 
Description 

The First Lady and Gentleman bow to each other, and then 
swing with a Waltz Swing. 

The First Gentleman now leads his Partner (single file) to 
the Second Couple's position, while the Second Couple raise 
their joined inside hands high in an arch and dance over the 
advancing First Couple to their position in die set, where the 
Second Couple wheels counter clockimse imth inside hands joined 
to face their home place. 

Meanwhile, the First Gentleman turns clockwise in the 
Second Couple's position, inside hands joined with his Partner, 
to face his home place. 

The First Gentleman now leads his Partner (single file) 
under an arch formed by the Second Couple who dance to 
their home place. 

As the First Lady passes through this arch, the Second 
Gentleman takes her free outside hand with his free outside 
hand, forming a line of four dancers. 

As the First Gentleman reaches his home place, he turns 
back clockwise, still with inside hands joined with his Partner, 
and dances between die Second Lady and Gentleman, con- 
tinuing in the direction he is moving to describe a clockwise 
circle until he meets the Second Lady, with whom he joins 
hands to form a ring of four, which circles once clockwise. 

As the First Gentleman dances dirough die arch of the 
arms of the Second Lady and Gentleman to "tie die knot," 
the Second Gendeman will be turning a "dishrag" under his 
own left arm. This "dishrag" turn is entirely automatic and 
is die result of the Second Gendeman taking die First Lady's 
free hand as she passes dirough the arch of the Second Couple. 



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ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



The action of "tying the knot" will cause the Second Gentle- 
man to turn another involuntary "dishrag." * 

The same identical routine is now repeated with the Third 
Couple, except that now there are four dancers in the line in- 
stead of two; they finish the movement with six dancers in 
the active formation, which circles six once around, after which 
the routine is repeated with the Fourth Couple making the arch 
and dancing over the line of six dancers, finishing with all eight 
dancers forming a ring of eight, which circles halfway around 
clockwise, and then breaks to a Do-si-do; this is finished by a 
Left-Hand Swing with Partners instead of the usual wheel- 
around, after which all Promenade with Partners to home 
place. 

The call is repeated with the Second, Third, and Fourth 
Couples in turn leading the dance. 

* The "knot" is always tied by the Leading Gentleman dancing between the 
last couple m the line, those who arched over the line of dancers in the "cow- 
boy loop" movement in the initial part of the routine. 



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OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 125 



Call for "Cowboy Loop" 

First Couple bow, then you Swing, 

Gent leads his lady to the right of the ring. 

Two hold up, and two trail through, 

Loop right back between those two. 

Tie that knot like the cowboys do. 

Ring up four as you come around, 

Circle four with your feet on the ground. 

Break to the next, you buckaroo, 

Two hold up and four trail through, 

Loop right back between those two, 

Tie that knot like the cowboys do. 

Tie that knot, and don't get mixed, 

Join your hands, and ring up six. 

Circle six as you come around, 

Six in a ring with your feet on the ground. 

Break to the next, you buckaroo, 

Two hold up, and six trail through, 

Loop right back between those two, 

Tie that knot like the cowboys do. 

Tie that knot, and don't be late, 

Join your hands, and ring up eight. 

Circle eight, and don't be slow, when 

You get right, you ought to know, we'll 

Break right out with a Do-si-do. 

Partners left and Corners -right, 

Swing those girls, don't take all night. 

Now you're right, now you're wrong. 

Take your Honey and Promenade along. 

Promenade around the town, 

Take those pretty girls right on around. 

When you get home, just settle down. 

Repeat the call for the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples 
in torn. 



126 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

DOUBLE SASHAY OUT AND SASHAY IN 

This dance and call was originated by ]imrny Clossin, of 
El Paso, Texas. 

Description 

The First and Third Couples dance three steps forward and 
retire, then dance forward again and swing Opposites three- 
quarters around with a Two-Hand Swing, rolling out of the 
swing so as to face the nearest Side Couples with inside hands 
joined, and Opposites as Partners. 

The Head Ladies and Gentlemen now dance between the 
Side Ladies and Gentlemen they are facing, to the outside of 
the set, where they separate, the Head Ladies to the right, and 
the Head Gentlemen to the left, dancing around the Side 
Ladies and Gentlemen to the center of the set, where the 
Head Gentlemen swing their Opposites (with whom they are 
dancing) one-quarter around with a Two-Hand Swing, rolling 
out of this swing to face the other Head Couple (their original 
Partners) in the center of the set, 

The Head Couples now dance a Right and Left Through 
with those they are facing. 

When in a back-to-back position with those they passed by 
the right shoulder, the Head Ladies and Gentlemen separate to 
dance back-to-back around the Side Ladies and Gentlemen each 
faces, the Head Ladies and Gentlemen meeting behind those 
Side Couples, where they join inside hands while facing out- 
ivard, and dance backward between the Side Ladies and Gentle- 
men to the center of the set, where the Head Couples swing 
halfway around with a Two-Hand Swing, rolling out of this 
swing to face the other Head Couple in the center of the set 
with whom a Right and Left Through is now danced. 

When die Head Ladies and Gentlemen are in a back-to- 



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127 



back position with those they passed by the right shoulder, 
each makes a right-about-face turn, and the Head Ladies and 
Gentlemen dance a Two-Hand Swing once around with the 
persons they passed in the Right and Left Through (their 
origiwl Partners), rolling out of this swing to form a ring 
of four with the other Head Couple; circle once clockwise 
and then dance the Do-si-do, and Balance home with Partners. 
Any chorus or trimming desired may now be danced, after 
which the figure is repeated with the Side Couples leading the 
dance. As this is a very short routine, a Long Introduction and 
Chorus call should be used, finishing the dance with any other 
trimming desired. 



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128 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



Call for "Double Sashay Out and Sashay In" 

First and Third go forward and back, 
Forward again, Opposites Swing, 
Split your Corners to the outside track. 
Sashay out and Sashay in, 
Meet in the center and Swing again. 
Right and Left Through, two by two, 
Sashay out and Sashay in, back 
Into the center, and Swing again. 
Right and Left Through, two by two, 
Swing that girl behind you. 
Ring up four, around you go, 
Bow and smile and Do-si-do. 
Hurry up, cowboy, don't be slow, 
Plow the middle and hoe the row. 
One more change, one more swing, 
Balance home to your place in the ring. 

Repeat the call with the Second and Fourth Couples leading 
the dance. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 129 

PROGRESSIVE PROMENADE TO A LINE 

A Trimming or Chorus Figure 

Description 

The First Lady and Gentleman Balance to each other, and 
then swing with a Waltz Swing, breaking their swing to 
Promenade outside of the set. 

As the First Couple breaks to a Promenade, the Second 
Lady and Gentleman Balance to each other, and then Promenade 
behind the First Couple. 

As the First Couple passes the Third Couple, the Third Lady 
and Gentleman Balance to each other, and then swing with 
a Waltz Swing, breaking their Swing to join in the Promenade 
behind the Fourth Couple. 

As the First Couple passes the Fourth Couple, the Fourth 
Lady and Gentleman Balance to each other, and then join the 
Promenade behind die Second Couple, <with the Third Couple 
Promenading behind them. 

As the First Couple arrive at their home place, they Prom- 
enade down the center of the set to the Third Couple's position, 
where they face Partners and dance two steps backward. Each 
couple in turn follows as they arrive at the First Couple's home 
place, thus forming two lines of four dancers each, the gende- 
men facing the ladies in their respective lines. 

All now exchange places with a left-face 'whirl, passing 
Partners by the rigjbt shoulder as die lines of four cross over 
in four steps and they whirl across die set. 

The two lines now return to place with a right-face whirl 
in four steps, passing Partners by the left shoulder on this 
return movement. 

The two Side Couples (who are in the center of die forma- 
tion) now face the Head Couples (who are at eidier end of 
the formation), Side Couples facing outward, Head Couples 
facing inward 



130 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

As this formation of four couples in line is formed, the First 
and Fourth Couples exchange places f with their Partners by the 
gentlemen dancing behind their Partners, while the ladies dance 
in front of their Partners to exchanged positions. 

All now dance a Right and Left Eight movement in the 
following manner: All pass Opposites by the right shoulder. 
The Side Couples wheel in the end positions while the Head 
Couples pass Opposites in the center by the right shoulder 
to face the Side Couples as they complete their wheel in the 
end positions. All pass Opposites by the right shoulder. The 
Head Couples wheel twice around in the end positions (their 
home places), while the Side Couples (in the center) pass 
Opposites by the right shoulder, and then take the skating 
position with Partners, dancing directly to their left. Promenad- 
ing to their home places, where they wheel to face the center 
of the set, as the Head Couples complete their double wheel- 
around movement. 

Call for "Progressive Promenade to a Line" 

First Couple Balance, then you Swing, 
Promenade the outside ring; 
Second Couple bow and smile, 
Promenade the set in style. 
Third Couple Balance, then you Swing, 
Fourth Couple bow, and all Promenade 
Right down the middle and form two lines, 
First Couple lead and the Third behind. 
Face your own and fall back two, 
Forward up and whirl right through. 
Whirl right back to your place again, 
Sides face out, the Heads face in. 
Right and Left Eight, watch r em close, 
Head Couples wheel with a double dose. 
Sides Promenade back to place, 
Square your sets with a smile on your face. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 131 

THE WAGONWHEEL* 

Description 

The First Couple leads to the Second Couple with whom they 
form a ring of four which circles once clockwise. 

The First Gentleman now dances to the Third Couple, with 
whom he forms a ring of three which circles once clockwise, 
leaving the First Lady with the Second Gentleman, who links 
his left arm with her right arm, and his right arm with the 
Second Lady's left arm to face the center in a line of three with 
elbows linked. 

The First Gentleman, after circling with the Third Couple, 
takes the Third Lady vritb him to the Fourth Couple, changing 
the Third Lady to his right side as he leaves the Third Couple. 

The First Gentleman and the Third Lady form a ring of four 
with the Fourth Couple which circles once clockwise, after 
which the First Gentleman dances alone to his home pkce, 
leaving the Third Lady with the Fourth Gentleman, who links 
his left arm with her right arm and his right arm with the 
Fourth Lady's left arm, to face the center in a line of three with 
elbows linked. 

The two lines of three each are hereafter referred to in the 
call and description as the "Side Six," while the two gentle- 
men standing alone are referred to as the "End Gents," re- 
gardless of which dancers are in these positions or formations 
in the set. 

The "Side Six" dance three steps forward and retire; the 
two "End Gents" dancing three steps forward as die Side Six 
retire. 

*In this particular dance, the designations of "Right-Hand Lad/* and 
"Opposite Lady" apply only to the ladies who are so named and designated 
in die original set formation, mstectd of those positions in the set as in other 
dances. 



132 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

The End Gents retire while the Side Six again dance forward, 
and the two "Side" Gentlemen hook their fingers together so 
as to form a pivot around which the Side Six wheel clockwise 
until in exchanged positions, halfway around, when the "Side" 
Gentlemen release their joined fingers and the Side Six re- 
tire, releasing their linked elbows and spreading out to full arms' 
length with hands joined as they dance backward to exchanged 
positions in the formation, where hand holds are released. 

As the Side Six retire, the two End Gents exchange places, 
passing each other by the right shoulder. 

The two Side Gentlemen now dance across the set toward 
each Side Gentleman's Eight-Hand Lady, with whom he joins 
right hands at overhead height, and passes his Right-Hand 
Lady entirely around him clockwise. 

The Side Gentlemen now join left hands at overhead height 
with their Opposite Ladies (the other lady in the line of three 
each Side Gentleman crossed over to), and pass the ladies com- 
pletely around them counterclockwise. 

The Side Gentlemen now take the skating position with their 
Opposite Ladies, and Promenade once around the set to the 
position which is opposite the gentleman's home place, where 
he breaks from the skating position to link his right arm with 
that of the lady he is Promenading, and at the same time, 
"picks-up" his Right-Hand Lady by linking his left arm with 
her right arm to re-form the two lines of three's. 

As the Side Couple Fromenade y the two Head Couples dance 
to the center to form a Right-Hand Star which circles once 
clockwise, after which the Head Ladies dance to the Side po- 
sitions each to link her right arm with the left arm of the Side 
Gentleman who passed her around himself by the right hand 
in die preceding figure, thus re-forming the lines of three's, 
while the two Head Gentlemen dance back to the position 
from which they danced into the Right-Hand Star. 

The Side Six dance three steps forward and retire, the End 
Gaits dancing three steps forward as the Side Six retire. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 133 

The End Gents retire while the Side Six dance forward with 
the Side Gentlemen hooking their fingers to form a pivot around 
which the Side Six revolve clockwise halfway to exchanged 
positions, where the Side Gentlemen release their hooked 
fingers and the Side Six retire to their new positions, releasing 
their linked arms and spreading out to full arms* length with 
hands joined as they dance backward to place where hand- 
holds are released. 

The End Gents dance across the set to their home places, 
while the ladies dance to their home places. 

The Side Gentlemen now dance across the set to their home 
places. 

All dance "All Around Your Left-Hand Ladies," "See-saw 
Your Pretty Little Taw," and then swing Corners once 
around with a Two-Hand Swing, after which all Balance to 
Partners. 

The Second, Third, and Fourth Couples lead the dance in 
turn. 



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Call for "The Wagonwheel" 

First Couple out to the right, 

Ring up four with all your might. 

Leave that lady where she be, 

On to the next and ring up three. 

Steal that lady like honey from a bee, 

On to the next and ring up four. 

Circle four once around, 

Gent goes home to his stamping ground. 

Six to the center and back to the bar, 

End Gents forward and back. 

Side Six forward and wagonwheel over, 

Spread out pretty like a three-leaf clover. 

End Gents go across the town, 

Side Gents follow and dance around your 

Right-Hand Lady with your right hand high; 

Opposite Lady like a butterfly, 

Promenade your Opposite Girl, 

Head Couples Star in a center whirl with 

Right hands crossed J til you come around; 

Form new three's and settle down. 

Six to the center and back to the bar, 

End Gents forward and back. 

Side Six forward and wagonwheel over, 

Spread out wide like a three-leaf clover. 

End Gents cross while the girls go home, 

Side Gents follow and find your own. 

All around your Left-Hand La- 

-dy; 

See-saw yom: pretty litde Taw. 

Swing your Corner with a Two-Hand Swing, 

Balance back to your pkce in lie ring. 

Repeat die call for die Second, Third* and Fourth Cooples 
in turn. 



136 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

DENVER WAGONWHEEL 

Description 

The First and Third Couples bow to Partners, and then 
swing with a Waltz Swing, after which they lead to the couples 
at their right with whom they form two rings of four which 
circle once clockwise. 

The First and Thkd Gentlemen break from the rings and 
retire to their home places, leaving their Partners with the 
Side Gentlemen, thus forming two lines of three's facing each 
other, each Side Gentleman standing between his Partner and 
the lady left with him by the Head Gentleman with whom he 
circled. 

The two lines of three's dance three steps forward and then 
retire, with the two Head ("End") Gentlemen dancing three 
steps forward as the "Side Six" retire. 

The two End Gentlemen now retire while the Side Six dance 
forward to the center, where the Side Gentlemen release holds 
with their Left-Hand Ladies while retaining hand-holds with 
their Partners (the ladies on their right) ; they raise these joined 
hands high in an arch while the two Side Gentlemen link 
their left elbows, thus forming a line of four. 

The Left-Hand Ladies who were released by the Side Gentle- 
men dance in a clockwise circle around the line of four, passing 
wider the arches formed in the center, three times: first under 
the arch formed by the opposite gentleman, then under the 
arch formed by their own line, and again under the arch formed 
by die gentleman of the opposite line. 

The encircling ladies now dance each to the position of the 
kdy in the couple which was directly opposite her home 
place in the initial set formation. The First Lady will dance to 
the Third Lady's position, while the Third Lady will dance to 
die First Lady's position in the set. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 137 

Meanwhile, the line of four in the center has wheeled once 
around counterclockwise as the encircling ladies dance under 
the three arches, after which the Side Gentlemen release their 
linked elbows and Balance to their home places, at the same time 
releasing hands with Partners. 

The Side Ladies (who formed the arches) dance directly to 
the side of the End Gentlemen who are on their right y thus 
forming new lines of three's with the Head Gentlemen now 
standing between two ladies while the Side Gentlemen stand 
alone at their home places, becoming the two new End Gentle- 
men. 

The ladies who were "left-hand ladies" in the previous change 
are now "right-hand ladies," while the former "right-hand 
ladies" in the lines of three's are now "left-hand ladies." 

The new lines of three's (Side Six) dance three steps for- 
ward and retire, with the new End Gentlemen dancing forward 
as the Side Six retire. 

The End Gents retire while the Side Six dance forward, 
the new "Side Gentlemen" releasing the ladies on their left, 
and linking left elbows with the opposite gentleman while rais- 
ing right hands high to form arches at each end of the line of 
four, which circles once counterclockwise, while the released 
"left-hand ladies" encircle the line of four clockwise to dance 
under three arches and then take their places at the right side 
of the nearest End Gentlemen," while the "Side Gentlemen" 
release hands with die ladies who formed the arches, and these 
"right-hand ladies" take their place at the left side of the nearest 
"End Gentlemen," thus forming new lines of three's. 

The above figure is repeated twice more, four changes in all, 
bringing all dancers back to their original Partners and posi- 
tions. All Swing Partners with a Waltz Swmg, then dance 
"All Around Your Left-Hand Lady"; "See-saw Your Pretty 
Little Taw"; "AUemande Left"; "Grand Right and Left" until 
Partners meet, and Promenade to home place. 

The dance is repeated with the Second and Fourth Couples 
leading the figure. 



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ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



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Call for "Denver Wagonwheel" 

First and Third bow and Swing, 

Lead to the right and form two rings. 

Circle four once around, 

Head Gents home to their stamping ground. 

Six to the center and back to the bar, 

End Gents forward and back. 

Six to the center with a left elbow and your 

Right hand high; - - 

Watch those pretty girls go on by. 

Duck and dive through arches three, 

Shoot those pretty girls through to me, 

Square your sets and form new three's. 



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Six to the center and back to the bar, 

End Gents forward and back. 

Six to the center with a left elbow and your 

Right hand high; - - 

Watch those pretty girls go on by. 

Duck and dive through arches three, 

Shoot those pretty girls through to me, 

Square your sets and form new three's. 

Six to the center and back to the bar, 

End Gents forward and back, 

Six to the center with a left elbow and your 

Right hand high; - - 

Watch those pretty girls go on by. 

Duck and dive through arches three, 

Shoot those pretty girls through to me, 

Square your sets and form new three's. 

Six to the center and back to the bar, 

End Gents forward and back. 

Six to the center with a left elbow and your 

Right hand high; - - 

Watch those pretty girls go on by. 

Duck and dive through arches three, 

Shoot those pretty girls through to me. 

Swing, - everybody 

Swing, - 

All four gents to the Corner of the ring, 

All around your Left-Hand La- 



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See-saw your pretty little Taw. 

On the Comer with your left hand, 

AUemande Left as pretty as you can, 

Right to your Honey, Right and Left Grand. 

Grand Right and Left around the hall, 

When you meet your pretty littb Taw, 

Promenade your Partners all, 

Walk *em home around the hall. 

Repeat the dance with the Second and Fourth Couples leading. 



140 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 

"TEACUP CHAIN" 
A Trimming Figure * 

An original dance by Mrs. Fat Morrison Lenvkowicz, which 
'was developed and perfected by the "Lone Star' 7 Square Dance 
Club of Austin, Texas. 

Description 

The Head Gentlemen stand fast while the two Head Ladies 
turn three-quarters by the right hand in the center of the set 
to their Corner Gentlemen. Meanwhile, the Side Gentlemen 
swing their Partners by the left hand, and then send the Side 
Ladies each to the next gentleman on the right (their Corner 
Gentlemen) .t 

The Head Gentlemen swing their Corner Ladies by the right 
hand, and then send the ladies to the center of the set. Mean- 
while, the Side Gentlemen receive their Corner Ladies from the 
center, swing them by the left hand, and then send the ladies 
each to the next gentleman on the right (their Opposite Gentle- 
men). 

The Side Ladies turn one-and-a-quarter times in the center 
by the left hand to their Opposite Gentlemen. 

The Side Gentlemen stand fast, while the two Head Gentle- 
men swing their Opposite Ladies (who were sent to them by the 

* This is strictly an exhibition type of dance, done to a well-rehearsed 
routine in which there are four different parts being executed at the same 
time, the Head Ladies part; Side Ladies part; Head Gentlemen's part; and 
the Side Gentlemen's part; all of which differ, and are performed simultane- 
ously. The call for this dance is an accompaniment instead of being descriptive 
of the movements, and describes only part of the action under way. 

t Note that the Head Ladies start with the right hand, and then alternate the 
hands used, while die Side Ladies start with the left hand and alternate the 
hands used. The gentlemen vary in the use of their hands. 



OF THE WEST AND SOUTHWEST 141 

Side Gentlemen) by the right hand, and then send the ladies to 
the center of the set. 

The .Side Gentlemen receive their Opposite Ladies from the 
center, and swing them by the right hand, and then send them 
to the next gentleman on the right (their Left-Hand Gentle- 
men). Meanwhile, the Head Ladies turn one-and-a-quarter 
times in the center by the left hand to their Left-Hand Gende- 
men, while the Head Gentlemen stand fast. 

The Head Gentlemen swing their Right-Hand Ladies by 
the left hand, while the Side Gentlemen swing their Right Hand 
Ladies by the right hand, after which the Head Gentlemen send 
their ladies to the center of the set, while the Side Gentlemen 
send their ladies to the next gentleman on the right (their own 
Partners) . 

Head Couples swing Partners by the right hand, and square 
the set, while the Side Ladies turn three-quarters in die center 
by the right hand to their own Partners, with whom they swing 
by the left hand to complete the "Teacup Chain" figure. 

The "Teacup Chain" is preceeded by a Four Ladies Obtain, 
which is repeated to home place, and is followed by a chorus 
routine of "All around your Left-Hand Lady," "See-saw your 
pretty little Taw," Allemande Left, Grand Right and Left 
until Partners meet with a Once-and-a-Half to home place, and 
Promenade with Partners around the set. 



142 ADVANCED SQUARE DANCE FIGURES 



Call for "Teacup Chain" 

Four Ladies Chain across the floor, 

Chain those pretty girls back once more; 

When you're back to your place again, 

Head Ladies center for a Teacup Chain. 

Side Couples Swing with a Left-Hand Whirl, 

Gents all Swing your Corner Girls. 

Side Ladies center; Head Couples Swing; 

Head Ladies center; Side Couples Swing. 

Gents all Swing your Right-Hand Girls; 

Side Ladies center; Head Couples whirl. 

Side Couples Swing when you come around, 

Square your sets, and settle down. 

All around your Left-Hand La- 

-dy; - - 

See-saw your pretty little Taw. 

On the Corner with your left hand, 

Allemande Left as pretty as you can, 

Right to your Partner, Right and Left Grand. 

Rope that yearling brand that calf, 

Meet your Honey with a Once-and-a-Half. 

Once-and-a-Half , and a half all around, 

Make that big foot jar the ground. 

Here we come in that little red wagon, 

Hind wheel broke, and the axle draggin'. 

Told my Pa when I left town, "She's a 

Durned good wagon, but about broke down!" 

Bite his ear, and twist his tail, 

Swing to the saddle, and hit the trail. 

Promenade, that's what I said; 

If she don't like biscuits, feed her cornbread. 

Stir up the dust, and sweep out the sand, 

Plant your 'taters in a sandy land. 



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HOME, SWEET HOME 

Breaking into "Home, Sweet Home" is the traditional man- 
ner of saying "Good night it was so good having you, and 
come back, often'* at the end of a Square Dance party. The 
authors take the same opportunity of saying this here as they 
would at the close of a party. 

We hope to see you back with us often. Not only in these 
Advanced Figures, but in the gay times and good fellowship of 
the American Square Dances of the West and Southwest, also 
published by Pacific Books^ of Palo Alto, California. 

VIOLA RUTH 
LEE OWENS 



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