Texas Star

Common all over the country, including Missouri. Unlike many of the traditional squares done in Missouri, this is nearly always a traveling square, meaning that each time through, the ladies move up to a new partner (this is usually called “same old gent and a brand new gal”).

There are a variety of ways to call the Texas Star, and they’re all right. They vary in length and complexity. The one recorded here is the one commonly done at Hallsville, MO.

Good for intermediate dancers. Can be danced with five couples.

Call Explanation
Ladies to the center and back to the bar Gents take their partners by both hands and swing them in to the middle with their backs together, then give them a tug back out.
Gents to the center with a right hand star
And back by the left
Pass her by and pick up the next Gents remain in the star and sling an arm around the waist of the lady after their partner.
“Shoot that star” or “pretty side out and the pretty side in, and the pretty side out and the pretty side in” Gents release the star and back up, swinging the ladies a full turn and a half until they have their free hands in the center
Ladies make a right hand star
“Shoot that star” or “pretty side out and the pretty side in, and the pretty side out and we’re gone again” Ladies release the star and back up, swinging the gents a turn and a half till they have their free (left) hands in the center
Slip the clutch While the gents hold the star and keep turning, ladies let go and turn around to walk the outside of the set in the opposite direction from how the star’s turning.
Ladies give a left to your partner Ladies allemand left their original partner
Swing your corner
Run away with the corner girl

 

Break

 

 

A “break” is performed between repetitions of the figure.  After the break, the figure will repeat, starting with the second couple, then another break, then the third, and so on.