LITTLE CIRCLE FIGURES page 3
  Two-couple figures danced in a circle of four people.
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COUPLE COUPLES SWING
Odds split evens, gent goes left and lady right, around behind the evens and back to place. All swing partners and circle left. [Couple Couples Swing; Napier] [Couple Couples Swing; Bonner]
 
Couple through a couple
Couple around a couple
Couple couples swing
Couple four
~ Napier

HOLD HIGH THE GATE
From a circle, all drop hands. Evens join two hands and raise an arch. Odd gent stays put but odd lady ducks through arch and turns around. As she turns, evens turn cw half around. Odd lady ducks back through arch to home. All swing partners. [Hold High the Gate; Hendrix]
 
Hold high the gate
Let the dove pass thru
Swing your gal before she swings you

BUFFALO LOOP
From a circle. Without dropping hands, evens raise an arch between them and odds duck through. When odds are partly through the arch they drop each other's hands but keep corner's hand. Odd gent goes left (ccw) around his corner and odd lady goes right (cw) around hers, pulling the evens through their own arch (the evens turn under their joined hands.) [Buffalo Loop; Hendrix]

SWING AT THE WALL
  1. Odds split evens, gent goes left and lady right, around behind the evens and back to place. All swing partners and circle left. [Couple Couples Swing; Napier] [Couple Couples Swing; Bonner]
     
    Around this couple and swing at the wall
    Back to the center and swing in the hall
    Circle four
    ~ Napier

  2. Odds separate, gent goes left and lady right, around and behind even couple, join inside hands, split the evens and swing at home. Repeat above but this time both couples swing partners. [New Creek Fig. 12; Dalsemer]
     
    Round that couple and through that couple and swing - - - through that couple and around that couple and everybody swing - - - swing your opposite - - - swing your partner - - - circle four - - - on to the next. ~ John Welch

  3. Odds separate, gent goes left and lady right, around and behind even couple to swing. Odds split evens, go to place and swing again. [Swing at the Wall; Hipps & Chappell]
     
    Around that couple,
    Swing at the wall.
    Through that couple,
    Swing in the hall.
    Circle left around the ring,
    Break the ring with a corner swing,
    Swing your own and move on.

  4. Same as 3 above except whole figure is done twice through. [Swing When You Meet; Bonner] [Swing When You Meet; Napier]
     
    Odds around and swing when you meet
    Back to the center and swing your sweet
    Around this couple and swing once more
    Back to the center and swing all four.
    Circle Four
    ~ Bonner

  5. Same as 3 above but substitute allemande right for swing behind evens and allemande left for final swing at place. [Swing at the Wall, p. 26; Rohrbough]
     
    Meet your partner and swing at the wall
    Back in the center and swing in the hall.
    Four hands around and on to the next.

    ~ Given by Mr. Dillard Turner of Yeaddie, Kentucky, in 1930

  6. Odds separate, gent goes left and lady right, around and behind even couple to swing once around. Odds separate again and go around evens to place. Odds swing at home. [Swing at the Wall; Bonner] [Swing at the Wall; Smith] [Swing at the Wall; Napier]
     
    Around that couple
    Swing at the Wall
    Back in the center
    Swing in the hall
    Circle left
    Do Si Do
    And on to the next
    ~ Smith

  7. Odds separate, gent goes left and lady right, around behind evens to swing once around. Again separate, go back to place and swing once around. Again separate, go behind evens, split them and go back to place. Both couples swing partners or swing corners, then partners. [Glenville Fig. 2; Dalsemer]
     
    Round that couple and swing in the rear - - - back to the center and swing - - - round that couple and through that couple and both couples swing - - - circle four in the middle of the floor,you swing mine and I'll swing yours - - - gimme back mine, I'll give you back yours - - - circle four ~ Mack Samples

  8. Odds separate, gent goes left and lady right, around and behind even couple and swing. Odds join inside hands (gent's left in lady's right) and split evens, moving to place. Turn to face evens with a california twirl, both couples swing partners. [New Creek Fig. 1; Dalsemer]
     
    Round that couple and swing a little girl - - - back to the center with a butterfly whirl and everybody swing - - - swing your opposite - - - swing your partner - - - circle four - - - on to the next ~ John Welch
SWING THE ONE BEHIND
  1. Opposite couples face and, passing right shoulders, they walk past their opposites, then turn around and swing the opposite person. Finish the swing with gent on the left and lady on the right and facing partner. Pass by partner, turn around and swing partner. [Swing Your Opposite Behind Your Back; Edelman]
     
    Pass through and back to back
    And swing your opposite behind your back
    Now pass through on the same old track
    And swing your own behind your back

  2. Same as one above except that a balance precedes each swing. [Swing the Girl Behind You; Hipps & Chappell]
     
    Pass right through and balance, too,
    And swing the girl behind you.
    Pass right back on the same old track,
    And swing that girl behind you.
DUCK FOR THE OYSTER
  1. Circle four. Without dropping hands, odds duck partly through evens' arch and back up to place. Evens then duck under odds' arch and back. Now odds go all the way through evens' arch, odd man turning ccw and odd lady turning cw under their own joined hands (they roll back-to-back against each other.) Odds keep their joined hands raised in an arch and pull the evens through it. Evens turn away from each other (gent turning cw, lady ccw) and back under their own joined hands and under the odds arch to reform the circle. Whew. Corners swing, then partners swing. [Dunmore Fig. 6; Dalsemer] [New Creek Fig. 8; Dalsemer] [Dive for the Oyster; Hipps & Chappell]
     
    Circle four once more,
    The other way back.
    Dive for the oyster,
    Dive for the clam,
    Dive for the hole in the old tin can,
    On to the next and circle four.
    ~ Hipps & Chappell

  2. Circle four. Without dropping hands, odds duck partly through evens' arch and back up to place. Evens then duck under odds' arch and back. Now odds go all the way through evens' arch. As they pass under, odds keep their corner's hand but drop partner's hand. Odd gent goes ccw and lady goes cw around evens and back to place. Evens turn under their joined hands as in Mountaineer Loop. Circle left, swing corners, swing partners. [Duck for the Oyster; Bannerman] [Dive for the Oyster; Bonner] [Duck for the Oyster; Edelman]
     
    Dive for the oyster
    Dig for the clam
    Pack 'em like sardines tight in a can
    Swing that corner with two hands around
    Now you partner twice on the town.
    ~ Bonner
TAKE A LITTLE PEEK
  1. Keep partner's hand, drop corner, evens stand in place. Odds step forward and "peek" at each other behind the evens, gent stretching to the left around the even lady and odd lady stretching right around the even gent. Odds step back to place and swing once around (evens don't swing.) Odds repeat all above, but this time both couples swing partners. [Take a Little Peek; Napier] [Take a Little Peek; Bannerman] [Take a Little Peek; Hipps & Chappell] [Take a Little Peek; Bonner] [New Creek Fig. 4; Dalsemer] [Dunmore Fig. 2; Dalsmer] [Take a Little Peek #1; Edelman] [Glenville Fig. 1; Dalsemer] [Morgantown Fig. 3; Dalsemer]
     
    Around this couple take a little peek
    Back to the center and swing your sweet
    Around this couple peek once more
    Back to the center and swing all four
    Couple four - -
    ~ Napier

  2. Keep partner's hand, drop corner, evens stand in place. Odds step forward and "peek" at each other behind the evens, gent stretching to the left around the even lady and odd lady stretching right around the even gent. Odds step back to place and swing once around (evens don't swing.) Odds separate, gent going left and lady right, go around behind evens, split them moving back to place. Both couples swing partners. [Take a Little Peek #2; Edelman]
     
    Round that couple and take a little peek
    Now back to the middle and swing her sweet
    Now around that couple and through that side
    Both couples swing them high and wide
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