Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Mouse Square Dance: Grand Right-and-Left
A Grand Right-and-Left takes everyone around the circle and usually begins with an "allemande left" where partners link left hands and walk around each other. In the grand right and left, men go one direction around the circle (usually counterclockwise), women go another (usually clockwise); so each dancer takes the hand presented to them and walks past to the next dancer. When they get back to their partner, usually the caller says, "swing your partner and promenade home" -- so the couples embrace and go around each other, then link both hands (often crossed in a sort of figure-8 pattern) and walk back to their original spot in the square.