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TREAT 'EM ALL RIGHT
  1. (a) Couple one allemande left once around, then gent allemande right with lady two. Couple one allemande left at home, then gent allemande right with lady three. Couple one allemande left, then gent allemande right with lady four. Gent one allemande left partner. (b) Now the gent takes the express bus home: Allemande left lady four, allemande right lady three, allemande left lady two, and allemande right partner at home. [Treat 'Em All Right; Sharp]
     
    Couple number one you allemande left
    Turn the right hand lady with a right hand round
    Partner now with a left hand round
    Opposite lady with a right hand round
    Partner by the left as you come down
    The left hand lady with a right hand round
    Partner now with a left hand round
         Hop on the bus
    Left hand round the left hand lady
    On to the next with a right hand round
    On to the next with a left hand round
    Partner now with a left hand round

    ~ This is the call I use; Sharp doesn't include a call.

  2. Gent one steps into the center and faces partner. Using a forearm grip throughout, gent one allemande left partner, left around lady two, left around partner, left around lady three, left around partner, left around lady four. (b) The reverse sequence: Right around partner, right around lady four, right around partner, right around lady three, right around partner, right around lady two, right around partner. [Treat 'Em All Right; Bonner]
     
    Number one gent to the center of the set
    Swing your partner around by the left
    Treat 'em all right all around the land
    Turn 'em 'round with your left hand.
    Hey, don't you think that you're all through
    Now turn 'em by the right like you used to do.

  3. Lady one allemande right gent two. Gent one steps in to center to meet lady one with an allemande left. Lady one moves on to allemande right gent three while gent one moves on to allemande right lady two. Ones meet in center for a left allemande, then on to the next for a right allemande, gent one with lady three, lady one with gent four. Continue, gent one couple behind, until back home. When lady one reaches home and gent one turns with lady four, lady two begins the figure with gent three. Each couple joins in until all have danced. [Shoo Fly Swing; Levin]
     
    Shoo fly swing.
    Don't forget your partner
    Swing next gent, partner follow
    Don't forget your partner
    Swing next gent
    Don't forget your partner
    Next lady out to the right.
         When gent four reaches home:
    Swing home, corners too.
HANDS THREE
  1. Gent one steps into center to allemande left partner once around, then circle three hands with couple 2. Gent one returns to allemande left partner, then circles with couple three while lady one now circles with couple two. Ones break away, meet in center and allemande left. They move on to the next couples and circle, gent with couple four and lady with couple three. Ones again allemande left in center, this time both join couple four and circle four hands. Those two couples finish with Do-Si-Do #7 (see little circle figures). [Hands-Three; Sharp]
     
  2. Gent one circles left with couple two, meets partner in center for an allemande left. Gent moves on to circle left with couple three while lady one circles with couple two. Couple one meets in center to allemande left. Gent moves on to circle with couple four while lady joins couple three to circle. Couple one meets in the middle again for a left hand turn. Now lady one circles with couple four while gent one marks time. Then gent one joins her in the circle and those four dance the Do-Si-So #6 (see little circle figures), after which couple one returns home. When couple one begins the Do-Si-Do with couple four, second starts a new round by circling with couple three and repeating all the above. Each couple in turn initiates the figure. When last couple finally gets home, all do the little promenade (see squares index). [Waltz the Hall; Levin]
     
    Waltz the hall.
    Gent lead off
    Swing three once around
    Swing partner
         When active lady moves on to last couple:
    Next gentleman out to the right.
         
    When last couple finally gets home:
    Swing home, corners too.

  3. Same as above but couple one begins with an initial allemande left. "Home swing" is the little promenade (see square index) [Swing Three p. 23; Rohrbough]
     
    Partner left and swing three.
    Meet your partner with left hand swing.
    Partner follow three by six.
    (Repeat)
    Do-si-do--Home swing--Promenade.

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

  4. Couple one circle once around with couple two, move on and circle with couple three. With couple four they dance the Do-Si-Do #6. Meanwhile, as soon as couple three is clear to dance, couple two joins them to begin the figure. Each couple joins in turn. When the last couple finally gets home, all do the little promenade (see squares index). [Dance 'Em Round; Levin] [Four Hands Up and Do-Si-Do; p. 21 Rohrbough]
     
    Dance 'em round.
    First couple out to the right.
    All circle left.
    Next couple out to the right, etc.
         When last couple arrives at home:
    Swing home, corners too. ~ Levin

  5. Gent one steps into center and faces partner to begin. Couple one allemande left, gent one then circles with couple two. Couple one meets in the center for a left hand turn, then gent one circles with couple three while lady one circles with couple two. As the two circles rotate cw, they both travel ccw once around each other. Again, couple one meets in the center for a left hand turn. Then gent one circles with couple four while lady one circles with couple three. Those two circles travel ccw around each other. Now lady one joins gent one in a circle with couple four. These two couples finish by dancing the Do-Si-Do #7 (see little circle figures). [The Waltz-Swing; Sharp]

    ~ "As danced at Quicksand (Breathitt Co., Ky.) and explained by Mr Sewell Williams." 1917
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