Grapevine Twist ~ Standard

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Grapevine Twist ~ Standard is a Square Dance. It was published by Lloyd Shaw in 1939. It is a Square dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 268 bars.

Lloyd Shaw writes:


  1. Honors right and honors left.
    All join hands and circle to the left,
    Break and swing and promenade back
    1. First lead his partner
      Through the couple on the right
      And around that lady for a grapevine twist.
    2. Out to the center with a how and a gee.
      And around the gent with a twiddle-de-dee.
    3. Now circle four and lead to the next.
    4. And around that lady with a grapevine twist
      Out to the center and loop right back,
      Around the gent on a crooked track,
      Now circle six and lead to the next
    5. And around that lady with a grapevine twist
      Out to the center with a figure eight,
      Then around the gent, he'll have to wait,
      Now circle eight.
  2. Now allemande left with your left hand
    Right hand to partner and right and left grand
    Meet your partner and promenade.
  3. Repeat 2 and 3 for the second, third and fourth couples.

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This change is obviously derived from a New Englnd Quadrille. And yet, it is the favorite square in Anson, Texas, where each circle is ended with a do-pas-o.

The Newport Quadrille published by Henry Ford in Good Morning contains this figure.

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), circle, cast, lead, rights and lefts, swing (and probably others).

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