Buffalo Gals

Buffalo Gals is a Square Dance. It was devised by Tommy Dandurand in 1927. It is a Square dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 84 bars. It is in the key: G Major.

I was looking through Ralph Page's Northern Junket dances, and the first is "Buffalo Gals". Even though Ralph claims it is self-explanator, I can't figure it out. But the Square Dance History Project has a clearer version of the figure. So I am using their figure, and Ralph's middle break.

Ralph Page writes:

Every gentleman lead to the right
Swing that lady with all your might
Now that lady across from you, you swing her and she'll swing you
Now swing that lady on your left, swing her round and round to the west
Now swing your own that you swing best
All promenade around the ring

See also Lloyd Shaw's Adam and Eve.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

1-2Honor your partner
3-4Honor your corner
1-2$1 lady right turn corner...
3-4...and turn partner left
5-7Lady right turn opposite...
8-10...and turn partner left
11-13Lady right turn gent on the left...
14-16...and turn partner left
Ralph's Middle
1-2Gents lead right and swing the lady
3-4Again: Gents lead right and swing
5-6Swing the next
7-8Swing your own
9-16Promenade round

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