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  1. In a large circle of couples, all do the right and left grand until the caller says "Promenade" or "Dance with your partner," at which time the dancers promenade or dance the two-step with a new partner. All then circle left once around, swing partners and then corners. Repeat the above any number of times. [Rights and Wrongs; Levin]
     
    Rights and wrongs.
    Dance with your partner.
    Join hands, circle left all the way around.
    Swing home, corners too.


  2. One large circle of couples. Circle left, then do the right and left grand. When partners meet they continue walking, without touching hands, in the same direction of travel as in the right hand grand. Gents are inside the circle moving ccw and ladies are outside moving cw. Pass three people and promenade or dance the two-step with the fourth. Finish with the Little Promenade (see squares index) from the big circle position. Repeat the above any number of times. [Circle Left Rights and Wrongs; Levin]
     
    All circle left.
    Rights and wrongs.
    Count off four
    (or any number the prompter desires).
    Dance with your partner.
    Swing home, corners too
    (little promenade).

  3. A circle of couples with an extra man - the joker - in the center. Joker attempts to steal a partner throughout the dance. All swing corners, gents swing right hand lady (the lady to the right of partner). Next swing is with lady across the set, then swing the lady two places to the right of partner. (Are you still with me?) Swing partner, swing right hand lady, swing corner, promenade partner. Joker can steal partner at anytime, even in promenade. Left over gent becomes new joker.[Swing and Cheat or Joker in the Center p.17; Rohrbough]
     
    Swing your corner.
    Swing your right hand sashway.
    Swing the opposite lady.
    The third lady on your right.
    Swing your partner.
    (Two more coming.)
    Swing your right hand sashway.
    Swing corner, and
    Partners promenade.

    ~ Learned by Mr. Z. Z. Dozier, Alabama, from his grandfather, who knew this figure before 1850

  4. As in three above, a circle of couples with an extra man - Tucker - who dances or clowns throughout. Circle left, circle right, swing partner. Circle left, circle right, swing partner again. Now swing corner, circle right, circle left. Face partner and right and left grand. When partners meet, gents keep walking ccw while ladies crowd into center. Tucker joins mens' promenade. Gents reverse and promenade cw, then select a partner and promenade, leaving new "Tucker" in center. Repeat any number of times, alternating ladies or gents to the center. [Old Dan Tucker; Smith]
     
    Old Tucker
    All hands up and circle left;
         All the way 'round--
    Half way 'n back.
    Dance, Tucker, dance.
    Swing your partner once on a corner.
    All hands up and circle left
         All the way 'round,
    Half way 'n back.
    Come on, Tucker, give us one!
    Swing your partner once on a corner;
    Left hand lady don't you slight.
    All hands up and circle right;
         All the way 'round--
    Half way 'n back.
    Rights and lefts is what we're after;
         Change them hands and get a little faster.
         Make them big feet go whickety-whack.
    Dance, Old Tucker, while you're young;
         When you get old, you can't dance none.
    Wash them dishes, wipe them dry;
         Your true-love is passing by.
    Ladies to the center and the gents know how.
         All the way 'round--
    Half way 'n back.
    Gents choose a partner and it's who's left for Tucker.

  5. All promenade. Gents turn back and swing the lady behind. Resume promenade with that one. Repeat until back with partner or keep new partner for next dance. [Fall Back and Swing; Hipps]
     
    Couples promenade two by two,
    Gents fall back one and swing the girl behind you.
    Promenade on as you always do,
    Promenade two by two.
    Gents turn and swing, you know who,
    This is the gal that belongs to you.
    Now promenade home as you always do.

    (I don't write 'em, I just report 'em. You can do your own editing to keep from offending your dancers.)

  6. Circles of three couples. Circle right, join hands with opposite for a right hand star. Star by the left. Starting with the hands that are joined at the bottom, gent pulls lady under those joined hands and they swing. The other two couples do the same in turn. Swing corners, swing partners and promenade. (There can be a fun competition when the left hand star is formed. I encourage the dancers to cheat, like dropping hands and joining again at the bottom of the pile.) [Off in Sixes, p. 14; Rohrbough]
     
    Off in Sixes
    Right hands across.
    Left and back.
    Pull the lady through and swing her.
    Swing the opposite.
    Now your own and promenade home.

    ~ Recorded by Margaret L. Engle, Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, N.C.
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