PRONUNCIATION: OH JAH-nee TRANSLATION: Oh, Johnny! SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance at a local dance group when he was in high school in his hometown. BACKGROUND: This singing call on the recommended recording was voiced by Fenton "Jonesy" Jones. Though not an old dance, this has been a favorite party mixer at community and church gatherings all around the country for a long time. Because most everybody knows the tune, it takes little prodding to have the whole crowd singing along with the caller. MUSIC: Mac Gregor (45rpm) 2042
You may also find this tune on
Folkraft (45rpm) F 1037
Imperial (LP) FD-24
FORMATION: The dance may be done in squares (four couples), or as a circle mixer in a large circle around the entire hall (which is the way Dick learned it). METER/RHYTHM: 2/4 STEPS/STYLE: Walking. Always done looking at your partner with a smile! MEAS MOVEMENT DESCRIPTION INTRODUCTION There are 4 meas introduction; no action. THE DANCE Join hands and circle left.
Stop and swing your partner.
Swing your corner.
Swing your partner.
Allemande left your corner.
Dosado your partner.
Promenade your corner.
Sing: "Oh, Johnny, Oh, Johnny, Oh!"
Repeat entire dance from beg. You now have a new partner and a new corner.
Here's how Fenton Jones interpreted the dance:
(Now you) all join hands and circle the ring.
Stop where you are and you give her a swing.
Swing that little gal behind you.
(And then you) swing your own if you have found that she's not flown.
Allemande left with the corner girl.
Dosado your own.
Now you all promenade with that sweet corner maid,
Singing, "Oh, Johnny! Oh, Johnny! Oh!"
Copyright © 2012 by Dick Oakes