Teaching Resource for WALK AROUND THE CORNER
CALLERLAB Program: Basic Part 1
Teaching order: After California Twirl and before See Saw
Recently taught calls: Grand Square, Star Thru
Background: This name of this call comes from the dance “My Pretty Girl” presented in 1946 by Ed Durlacher. The original dance went “All around your left hand lady – oh boy what a baby, see saw your pretty little taw, the cutest gal you ever saw.” Over the years the name as morphed into the current Walk Around the Corner.
Minimum number of dancers needed: Eight
Starting formation for the minimum number needed: Squared Set, Infacing Circle Of 8
— Walk Around the Corner
— Walk All Around Your Corner
— 4 Ladies Chain; Circle Left; Walk Around New Corner
— All Around the Left Hand Lady
— Walk All Around the Left Hand Lady; See Saw the Pretty Little Taw
Dance action: Dancers face their corners. Walking forward and around each other while keeping right shoulders adjacent, dancers return to their original position, with their backs toward their corner.
Ending formation: Right and Left Grand Circle
Styling: Men hold arms in natural dance position. Women use both hands on skirt, moving skirt forward and back to avoid opposite dancer. Dancers should maintain eye contact over their shoulders until their partners become visible.
Comment: Square dancing is evolving towards a preference for “Walk Around the Corner” instead of “All Around The Left-Hand Lady”, which requires the women to mentally translate the command to “All Around The Right-Hand Man”.
Facing Couple or Ocean Wave Rule: Neither rule applies to Walk Around the Corner.
Link to Taminations: Taminations Walk Around the Corner