FOUR-COUPLE FIGURES page 3
  Figures unique to, or traditionally associated with, squares.
return to the entry page search the whole site

orientation
bibliography
little circles
big circles
squares
mixers

BLACK SNAKE TWIST
  1. Couples one and two circle left once around. Swing partners and resume circle left. Gent one releases corner and leads the line, splitting couple three and passing behind lady three into the center. Passing in front of gent four, the line splits couple four and loop ccw around the lady. They split couple four again and go behind gent four into the center. Passing in front of lady three, the line splits couple three. The line goes behind gent three and into the center. Now couple three joins the end of the line and those six circle left. Those three couples swing partners and resume circle left. Gent one releases corner and splits couple four, going ccw around the lady to the center. They split couple four again and go cw behind gent four. Now couple four joins on and all eight circle left. All swing partners and promenade. [Black Snake Twist; Smith] [Black Snake Twist; Bonner]
     
    First couple out and circle left
    Break and swing
    Circle four in the middle of the floor
    Black Snake Twist
     
    Take in two more and circle left
    Break and swing
    Circle six
    Black Snake Twist
     
    Take two more and circle left
    Break and swing
    Promenade
    ~ Smith

  2. Couples one and two circle left and right. Swing corners, then swing partners and resume circle left. Gent one releases corner and leads line through couple three, cw around the lady and into the center. They then split couple four going cw around the lady. Couples one and two circle left and right, swing corners and partners and resume circle left. Gent one releases corner and leads the line through couple four again, going cw around the gent and into the center. They split couple three again, going cw around the gent into the center where they circle left and right and swing corners and partners. Now all join in circle of eight. [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.
LITTLE PROMENADE
Partners two-hand swing halfway around, pass by right shoulder and two-hand swing corners halfway around, pass by right shoulder and promenade partners around the square using skater's position. [Little Promenade; Bonner] [The Little Promenade; Sharp] [Home Swing; Rohrbough p. 21]
 
Hands down and circle around
Home swing

~ Rohrbough -- Given by Mr. Dillard Turner of Yeaddie, Kentucky in 1930
GRAND PROMENADE
  1. Starts with Little Promenade above, but partner promenade is only halfway around the square. Partners reverse direction without changing hands or trading sides and promenade back to place, gent on inside and lady outside. Once again, repeat Little Promenade above but promenade all the way around. [The Grand Promenade; Sharp]
  2. Like the Sharp figure above, starts with Little Promenade above, but partner promenade is only halfway around the square. Partners reverse direction without changing hands or trading sides and promenade back to place, gent on inside and lady on outside. At home, reverse direction again and promenade all the way around. [Grande Promenade; Bonner]
     
    Swing your partner half-way 'round
    Corner the same when she comes down
    Now take your partner by the hand
    And grande promenade around the land.
    Half-way there now the other way back
    Hold where you are and take a backtrack.
    All the way there now the other way back
    Promenade around that track.
orientation bibliography little circles big circles squares mixers
Site design Bill Martin
previous page next page