BIG CIRCLE FIGURES page 3
  All couples in one large circle facing the center.
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BLACK SNAKE TWIST
While all others remain standing, lead couple and the next couple on the right (couple 2) form a small circle. Circle left and right, swing corners, swing partners, and circle left again. Lead gent then drops corner's hand and splits the next couple in line, pulling the line of four through. Lead gent goes ccw behind that lady, splits the next couple and continues ccw in front of that gent, splits the next couple, etc., weaving through all the couples. After passing through the last couple in line, lead gent leads line of four into the center where they circle left and right, swing corners and partners and circle left again.
     Now all the above is repeated in the reverse direction: Lead gent drops corner's hand and splits the next couple in line, pulling the line of four through. Lead gent goes cw behind that gent, splits the next couple and continues cw in front of that lady, splits the next couple, etc., weaving through all the couples. After passing through the last couple in line, lead gent leads line of four into the center where they circle left and right, swing corners and partners and circle left.
     Lead gent drops corner's hand and next two couples (3 and 4) join on for a line of eight dancers. All above is repeated until all dancers have joined the snake. [Black Snake Twist, p. 34; Rohrbough]
 
All stand by while we cut off four
     and dance the floor - circle to the left.
Half way back.
Swing your corner and now your own.
Break and around the lady and around the gent also.
Circle four and dance the floor.
Half way back.
Swing your corner and now your own.
Break and around the lady and around the gent also.
Join four and dance the floor.
And half way back.
Swing your corner and now your own.
The rest stand by while we cut off four more.
Now take them all and dance the half.
WEAVE A BASKET
From the big circle, lead gent drops corner's hand and leads all to the right through an arch formed by the couple to his right, traveling from inside the circle to the outside. He then leads back inside the circle by going under the next couple's arch, through the next arch to the outside, through the next to the inside, etc., until circle is reformed. [Weave a Basket; Hendrix]
THE RIVER BEND
A closing figure. The designated lead couple, couple one, circles with couple two. Pick up couple three and continue circling. River Bend: Gent one releases corner's hand, couple four steps forward into the center. The line leads ccw around couple four and makes a small cw circle in front of the fours. Couple four joins the circle as the end of the line passes them. all circle once around. Repeat the "River Bend" in bold type with each couple in turn, making an ever-lengthening line. After bringing in last couple, all circle left and right, bow to partners and leave the floor. [The River Bend p. 17; Rohrbough]
 
First and second couple swing four.
Swing six.
Form a river bend and swing eight.
Form a river bend and swing ten, etc.
 
Ending: Circle half to the left, back to the right.
Honor and seat the ladies.

~ Learned by Mr. Z. Z. Dozier, Alabama, from his grandfather, who knew this figure before 1850
WAGONWHEEL - Big circle facing in.
  1. Gents advance to the center and retire. Ladies step into the center, turn to face cw and put right hand up on the right shoulder of the lady just ahead. Move the wagonweel cw. Halfway around ladies reverse direction and put left hand up on left shoulder ahead and move the wagonwheel ccw. As ladies pass by, gents step in, join right hands with partner and walk along with her. Ladies keep left hands up on shoulders. Partners now swing around twice, moving away from center, and promenade. [Wagonwheel; Napier] [Wagonwheel; Bonner]
     
    Circle left
    Back to the right
    Wagonwheel - gents to the center - and back
    Ladies to the center and circle left
    Half-way and back
    Gents move in and pick up your partner
    Swing her out with a double swing
    And promenade around the ring.
    ~ Napier

  2. Same as 1 above except there is no swing to finish. Partners have right hands joined as the walk the wagonwheel. Join left hands under and ladies swing from gent's left side to his right. Promenade. [Wagonwheel; Smith] [Wagonwheel; Hipps]
     
    Gents to the center and back
    Ladies to the center for the Wagon Wheel
    Left hands back with a how-de-do
    Gents move in
    Take that girl, the one in blue
    Swing the lady out and promenade
    ~ Smith

  3. Gents advance to the center and retire. Ladies advance to the center as gents are backing up. Ladies reach in to center with right hands to make wagonwheel and walk it cw. Halfway around ladies turn around, put left hands into the center and walk ccw. As ladies pass by, gents step in, join right hands with partners and walk along. Join left hands under and ladies swing from gent's left side to his right. Promenade. [The Wagonwheel p. 35; Rohrbough]
     
    Gents to the center, forward and back.
    Ladies to the center with the right hand across.
    Left hand back and how you do.
    Get your partner, the one in blue.
    Ladies swing out and gents swing in,
    Promenade and we'll try it again

  4. Same as 3 above except the gents form the right hand star in the center. At the finish the ladies step in, join rights with partners and walk along. Partners then join left hands under and ladies swing gents over to their right sides and in turn are swung across the gents to the gents' right sides. [The Wagonwheel Variation p. 35; Rohrbough]
     
    Ladies to the center, forward and back.
    Gents to the center with the right hand across.
    Left hand back and how you do.
    Get your partner, the one in blue.
    Gents swing out and ladies swing in,
    Promenade and we'll try it again
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