LITTLE CIRCLE FIGURES page 8
  Two-couple figures danced in a circle of four people.
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DO-SI-DO
  1. From a circle, gents turn around to face out while ladies remain facing in. Circle once around cw. Opposites (whose right hands are already joined) allemande right, partners allemande left. [Do Si Do (No.2); Levin]
     
    Circle once around.
    Swing opposite clear around.
    Partner by the left and swing clear around.
    On to the next.

  2. From a circle. Ladies cross over and rejoin circle, ladies facing out and gents in. Corners now have joined right hands, partners left. Circle to the ladies' right. Allemande right corner halfway, rejoin circle with gents facing out and ladies in. Circle to the ladies' right. [Georgia Mountain Do Si Do p. 113; Bonner] [Dunmore Fig. 12; Dalsemer]
     
    Ladies cross over with a do si do
    Now the gents and don't be slow.
    ~ Bonner

  3. From a circle, partners join left hands and ladies pass through the circle to trade places (sort of an allemande left 1/4.) Rejoin hands in a circle, ladies facing out and gents in. Corners now have joined right hands, partners left. Circle to the ladies' right. Allemande right corner halfway, rejoin circle with gents facing out and ladies in. Circle to the ladies' right. [Pass Your Lady Thru; Hendrix]
     
    Pass your lady thru
    Gents you too
    Swing your corner lady
    Now your honey baby

  4. (Often follows 3 above.) Corners allemande right halfway to trade positions. Then pull by each other, allemande left partners halfway and pull by to place. Swing partner [Georgia Rang Tang, Georgia Style; Bonner]
     
    Georgia Rang Tang
    Opposite lady with the right hand around
    Then pull her by and set her down
    Partner there left hand 'round
    Pull her by, don' fall down.
     
    Swing that opposite twice around
    Now your partner 'round the town.
    Odd couple you move on around.

  5. (Often follows 3 above.) Corners allemande right three-quarters around. Gents pass back- to-back, reaching left hand to partner. Partners allemande left. Allemande right corner again. Gents pass back-to-back, reaching to join left hands with partner. This time gent passes lady ccw around and behind him with left hand, rejoining her left hand in his right to circle. (Ladies can twirl under the joined hands in the allemandes.) In a set with more than two couples, the figure is the same and the "corner" really is the corner and not the opposite. At the Morgantown dance the men twirl the women through the turns.[Morgantown Fig. 2; Dalsemer]
     
    Lead 'em on the right, back on the left
    Reel to reel both right and left
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Circle four when you get straight - - - -
    Leave 'em there and on you go
    ~ Worley Gardner; Dalsemer

  6. Corners allemande right approximately three-quarters around to trade places. Gents, crossing back to partner, pass back to back with left shoulder leading. Allemande left partner and face your corner to repeat all above. Swing corner, then partner. [Georgia Rang Tang; Bonner] [New Creek Fig. 11; Dalsemer]
     
    Reel that reel go right and left
    It's first by the right and then by the left
    Rights and lefts all the way around
    Meet your corner and swing her around
    Swing your partner 'round and 'round
    ~ Bonner
              or...
    Milk the cow
    Wean the calf
    Seventy-five
    Trade right back for a dollar and a half.

  7. Same as above except: During final allemande left with partner, gent stands in place and guides partner around and behind him. Lady returns to partner's right side. [Glenville Fig. 1; Dalsemer]
     
  8. Partners allemande left halfway around, corners now allemande right all the way around. Partners join hands in skater's position and couples promenade ccw once around each other. [Do Si Do (No.1); Levin] [Do Si Do, p. 22; Rohrbough]
     
    Do si do!
    Partner by the left go halfway 'round
    Corner by the right go all the way 'round - - - -
    Meet your honey and walk around.
    ~ Bill Martin

  9. Moving quickly, partners allemande left half. Gents, with right shoulders leading, pass each other back-to-back and corners allemande right. Gents pass each other back-to-back to allemande left partners. Again, gents pass back to back and allemande right corners. Gents pass each other to allemande left partner one last time. With left hands still joined, join right hands in skater's hold and both couples promenade a little circle around each other to place. [Do-si-do-And-Promenade-Home; Sharp]
     
    Do si do and a little more dough
    Chicken's in the breadpan kickin' out dough.

              or...
    Find your partner and do si do
    Now your corner and don't be slow.
    ~ Bonner p. 114

  10. Facing opposite couple, corners drop hands. Partner's inside hands joined, lady swings across in front of her partner. Partners drop hands as lady continues ccw around partner, behind him and back to place. Swing corner, then partner. [Twirl Do Si Do p. 113; Bonner]
     
    Call is the same as above, but add:
    Swing with your corner - - - - - -
    And now your own

  11. Facing opposite couple, corners drop hands. With inside hands joined and raised overhead, lady passes ccw around partner to place. Joined hands are held throughout and gent does not turn with partner but remains facing corner. Corners swing halfway around, then drop hands and pass each other by the right. Partners swing halway around to place. (I assume "place" means relative to other couple, not original starting position on the dance floor.) [Do Si Do 1; Smith] [Do-Si-Do; Napier]
     
    Do si. ~ Smith

  12. Facing opposite couples, corners drop hands. (a) With inside hands joined and raised overhead, lady passes ccw around partner to place. Joined hands are held throughout and gent does not turn with partner but remains facing corner. (b) Now corners do the above turn, lady's right hand in gent's left. (c) Finish by repeating "a". [Do Si Do 2; Smith]
     
    Do si do.

  13. Facing opposite couples, corners drop hands. With inside hands joined, gents pass partners around them and back to place. Then all allemande right corner half way around. Gents now allemande left half way to end up at right side of corner, face corners and swing, then swing partners. [Do-Si-Do; Hendrix]
     
    Ladies do-si-do
    Gents you know
    Swing your corner
    Now your own

  14. Facing opposite couples, corners drop hands. (a) Inside hands joined, gent draws lady past him, transferring her left hand to his left and raising joined hands overhead. Lady passes ccw around partner to place. Joined hands are held throughout and gent does not turn with partner but remains facing corner. (b) Now corners do the above turn, lady's right hand in gent's left. (c) Finish by repeating "a". [Do Si Do, p. 45; Rohrbough]
     
    Pass your lady through and Do Si Do
    All join hands and circle four
    Half way back
    Swing your corner and now your own
    ~ Orville Oakley, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 1938

  15. Facing opposite couples, corners drop hands. With inside hands joined and raised overhead, both ladies pass ccw around partners to place. Joined hands are held throughout and gents do not turn with partners. Swing corners and then partners.[Ladies Do-Si; Hendrix]
     
    Ladies do-si
    Swing your corner
    Now your own

  16. Facing opposite couples, corners drop hands. (a) Partners join left hands. Lady passes ccw around partner, dropping his hand when halfway around and continuing to place. (Gent does not turn, as in an allemande, but passes partner around him.) When partners drop left hands, gents pass back-to-back reaching right hand out to join with corner as she comes around to place. (b) Corners turn as in "a", dropping rights halfway through, and gents cross back-to-back, reaching left hand out to join lefts with partner. (c) Gents put right hand in small of woman's back and courtesy turn to place. [Docey-doe Change; Hipps & Chappell]
     
    Four hands up and away you go,
    Now docey-doe with the gent you know,
    The lady go si and the gent go doe,
    Hurry up, boys and don't be slow,
    You'll never get to heaven, if you don't do so.
    Go back home and swing,
    Swing, boys, swing.

  17. Same as above except for start. All drop hands. (a) Ladies pass left shoulders going ccw around each other to join left hands with partner. The rest is the same. [Do-Pas-O Change; Hipps & Chappell]
     
    Four hands up and here we go,
    Break that ring with a do-pas-o,
    Doe and a doe, a little more dough,
    Chicken in the bread tray pickin' up dough,
    One more change and on you go.

  18. Similar to 12 above. (a) Partners allemande left halfway, lady continues ccw to place while gents cross back-to-back. (b) Corners allemande right halfway, lady continues cw to place while gents cross back to place. [Do Si Do 3; Smith]
     
    Do si do, a little more do.

BACK-TO-BACK DO-SI-DO
I have not found the do-si-do and see-saw figures described below in any of the books except Bonner's and Dalsemer's. Bob Dalsemer says the back-to-back is probably not historically a southern dance figure.
  1. Gent faces lady. Passing by right shoulder, walk past each other. Step to the right without turning around and back up to place. [Simple Do-Si-Do (back to back) p.113; Bonner]
     
  2. Gent faces lady. Passing by left shoulder, walk past each other. Step to the left without turning around and back up to place. [See-Saw (back to back) p.113; Bonner]
     
  3. Right hand turn with partner, left with corner, do-si-do partner, see-saw corner. All done without pause, tracing a figure eight on the floor. Dalsemer writes that the moves are not exactly the back-to-back movement we might expect in do-si-do. See his book for a detailed explanation. [Glenville Fig. 3; Dalsemer]
     
    Bounce around your partner, dance around your corner. ~ Mack Samples
LITTLE GIRL STEP THROUGH
I believe this is yet another version of the do-si-do. Circle left and then right. Opposites allemande right about 3/4 and let go, the lady finishing the arc by walking back to place. The gents pass back to back, left shoulder leading, and step into the opposite gents place next his partner. Without pause, join hands and circle left and right. Repeat the above, this time initiating by turning partner by the right. [Little Girl Step Through; Bannerman]
 
Circle to the left and back to the right,
Little girl step through
Little boy, too,
Swing the lady on the right.
Circle to the left and back to the right,
Little girl step through
Little boy, too,
Swing your partner.
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