Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve is a Square Dance. It was published by Lloyd Shaw in 1939 in Cowboy Dances. It is a Square dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 272 bars.

Lloyd Shaw writes:


  1. One foot up and the other foot down,
    Grab your honey in your arms
    And turn her round.
    Now allemande left as you come down
    And promenade your partner round
    1. First lady out to the couple on the right,
    2. Swing Mr. Adam.
    3. And swing Miss Eve.
    4. Now swing old Adam before you leave;
    5. And don't forget your own.
    6. On to the next.
    7. Repeat 2 from (b).
      Repeat again, omitting last line.
  2. Now everybody swing.
    And swing 'em all day.
    Now allemande left in the same old way.
    Now hand over hand with and right and left grand
    Oh, some'll go right and some'll go left.
    Now Promenade!

Repeat 2 and 3 complete for second third and fourth ladies.

Lloyd uses the ambiguous terem "swing" in this dance. The ambiguity is intended, it seems up to the dancer's preference whether to do an allemande turn (which is what Lloyd recommends), a partner swing (which he points out is awkward, but funny when done with two people of the same sex), or a two hand turn where instead of taking hands, the dancers each place their hands on their partner's shoulders and circle clockwise.

Lloyd recommends allemande turns for this dance, and partner swings for Old Arkansaw. See also Buffalo Gals for another dance similar to this.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), rights and lefts, swing (and probably others).

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