dance terms

allemande left

each dancer falls her corner and extend her left hand. they moved counterclockwise in a circle around each other and return to original position.

all hands around

all 8 people in the square join hands and circle.

balance forward

dancers specified by the caller take 2 steps forward, and then take 2 steps backward. it can also done backward

bow, honor, or address

gentlemen places right arm in front and left arm behind and bows to acknowledge the lady.

break

dancers who joined hands, release hold or drop hands

cast off

in long ways all couples face front and with the head couple leading, counter march outward to the front of the seat. as the head couple meets, they form an arch through which the dancers pass

crusty

it is done in response to the bow of the man. it can be done with the steps sideward right and pointing the left foot to the right in the rear bending the knee, head and trunk lightly.

do-si-do

dancers face each other and cross their arms holding them a chest level out in front of the body. they walk forward passing right shoulders slightly beyond each other, step sideward right to right without turning, walk backward passing left to left to original position

grand right and left

all couples face partners. join right hand and walk passing right shoulders. as partners pass each other, they extend left hand to the next gentleman or lady. they continue around the circle alternately extending right and left hand to the people they meet.

ladies chain

2 couples face each other. the ladies walk forward to meet a the center. they give their right hands to each other and pass right shoulders. the gentleman takes the right hand of the opposite lady in his left hand, places his right hand on the lady waist and turns her around ones clockwise. the figure is repeated as the ladies go back to place.

star

dancers walk forward to meet at the center of the square or circle and raise right hands and join them above their shoulder so that a point or center figure is made. then they face forward and walk around moving clockwise.

promenade

the dancers walk around the circle usually counterclockwise.

dance terms

allemande left

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all hands around

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balance forward

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bow, honor, or address

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break

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cast off

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crusty

dance terms

do-si-do

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grand right and left

dance terms

ladies chain

dance terms

star

dance terms

promenade