Starting formations: Right and Left Grand Circle, Thar, Squared Set, Infacing Circle Of 8, or a "turning
your partner left" formation (the dynamic formation obtained from a square plus all arm turn your
partner by the left an indefinite amount)
Walk Around Your Corner; Partner Left Do Paso
Circle Left; Do Paso, it's Partner Left, Corner Right, Partner Left
Circle Left; Break it on up with a Do Paso
Ladies Star by the Right 3/4, Do Paso
Four Ladies Chain, Star them home for a Do Paso
Square Thru, but on your 4th hand Do Paso (from half sashayed facing lines)
Do Paso, turn partner left and corner right, Left Dosado your own
Do Paso, partner left, corner right, Turn Partner Left and Men Star Right
Put the ladies center back-to-back, men promenade that outside track; Get back home, Do Paso
Dance action: Left Arm Turn with partner until facing corner and release armhold. Right Arm Turn with
corner until facing partner and release armhold. If there is no further instruction, Courtesy Turn
partner to end facing the center of the set. Otherwise, follow the next instruction, which will start with
a Left Arm Turn with Partner, or with a left-handed Facing Dancer call.
Ending formation: Facing center of set if ended with a Courtesy Turn; otherwise, either turning partner
by the left, or facing partner with a left hand available as necessary for the additional call.
Styling: All dancers' hands in position for forearm turns, alternating left and right. When the Courtesy
Turn portion of the Do Paso is replaced by a different call, then the styling changes to styling of that
Comments: In an Alamo Ring in which the men are facing out, the initial arm turn will be left 3/4 so that
everyone can head to their corner.
Do Paso is used primarily with a directional style of calling, in which many of the calls have vague or
flexible starting or ending formations, usually in circles, thars, and squares. Dancers are expected to
blend smoothly into the next call. The call defines a general pattern, but the specific parts of the call
are typically cued (e.g., "Do Paso; It's partner left, corner right, partner left and hang on tight, make
an Allemande Thar with the men in the middle ..."). Variations can be cued, but the caller should draw
attention to the fact that the typical pattern has been broken (e.g., "Do Paso, turn partner left, turn
corner by the right, Don't Stop Yet! Partner left and corner right, hang on tight, Boys swing in to a
Wrong Way Thar").
The combination Four Ladies Chain, Chain Them Back with a Do Paso is an example of blending. See
the section "Part 4: Additional Detail: Blending one call into another".
While primarily a circle-type figure, Do Paso may also be started from 8 Chain Thru (half sashayed)
and Left-Hand Ocean Waves (boys on end).
Do Paso may also be used from circles of 4 and 6 dancers. These applications have received insufficient
use in recent years and will probably require a quick walkthru.
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