Star by the Right

Star by the Right 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. Honors right and honors left.
    All join hands and circle to the left.
    Break and swing and promenade home.
    1. First couple out to the couple on the right
    2. Form a star with the right hand cross
    3. Back with the left and don't get lost.
    4. Swing your opposite with your right;
    5. Swing your partner with your left.
    6. And on to the next.
    7. Repeat 2 as written beginning with (b).
      Repeat again, changing last line to: Now balance home.
  2. And everybody swing.
    Allemande left with your left hand.
    Right hand to partner and right and left grand.
    Meet your partner and turn right back.
    Meet her again and promenade.

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

Note: 2.d+e is a variant of Lloyd's docey-doe 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, lead, hands across, rights and lefts, swing (and probably others).

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