Worley Gardner - Marching Through Georgia

Title

Worley Gardner - Marching Through Georgia

Subject

Southern / Appalachian / Four-couple squares

Description

(Note: This site also contains a video clip of the dance as called by New England caller Dudley Laufman.)

from the chapter on Morgantown, WV, in West Virginia Square Dances, by Bob Dalsemer

Singing square, recorded by Bob Dalsemer in Morgantown, West Virginia.

"Everybody circle eight, now circle eight around
Everybody circle eight, now all the way around
Left hand to the corner, oh it's left and right around
While we go marching through Georgia
Hurray, hurrah, it's left and right around
Hurray, hurrah, now all the way around
Meet your own and take her home and promenade around
While we go marching through Georgia."
Figure
"The first gent out, he promenades around
When he gets home, he swings the gal around
Takes her to the center while the six hands circle round
While we go marching through Georgia
Hurray, hurrah, now keep a-circling round
Hurray, hurrah, now go the other way round
Take her out and take her home and everybody swing
While we go marching through Georgia."
Break
"You dance around the corner gal, you dance around her slow
You dance around your partner with a little bit more dough
Left hand to the corner, oh it's left and right around
While we go marching through Georgia
Hurray, hurrah, it's left and right around
Hurray, hurrah, now all the way around
Meet your own and take her home and promenade around
While we go marching through Georgia."
(No Extra Ending)

The first man promenades alone around the outside of the set, returns to his partner and swings her in the center while the other three couples circle left around them. The three couples then circle back to the right, all swing partners and dance the break. The figure and break are repeated for the second, third and fourth men.

There is usually some clowning around in this dance. While the three couples circle they may try to crowd or squeeze the lone couple in the center. When the circle of three couples goes back to the right the center couple may reverse the direction of their swing as well.

Date Created

1977-78

Contributor

Bob Dalsemer

Spatial Coverage

USA, West Virginia, Morgantown

Temporal Coverage

1970s

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