THE LINE: Typical starting formation - right-hand two-faced
line or left-hand wave. Centers trade while the ends turn towards
the center of the line, and all courtesy turn. Ends in facing
FOUR MEN/LADIES PROMENADE:
Typical starting formation - squared set. Designated dancers step
forward into the middle, face promenade direction (right), and walk
in a circle around the center.
MEN SASHAY: Typical starting formation - circle of eight.
Dancers drop hands, and the ladies step straight forward into the
middle. The men continue circling in the direction they were
circling until they have passed one lady, the ladies back up to
rejoin the circle, and all continue circling.
RIGHT/LEFT: Typical starting formation - facing couples. On
Lead Right, each couple, working as a unit, turns 90° to the
right, pivoting around the right-hand dancer. On Lead Left, each
couples turns to the left, pivoting around the left-hand dancer.
Ends in couples back to back.
starting formation - pair of dancers facing out of the square.
Dancers turn away from each other and walk forward around the
outside of the square as directed.
SPLIT TWO: Typical
starting formation - eight chain. The outsides slide apart without
changing facing direction, the centers walk between the outsides
and past them, and the dancers who slid apart slide back together
without changing facing direction.
AROUND ONE/TWO INTO THE
MIDDLE: Typical starting formation - after separate or
split two. Active dancers walk around the outside past the
specified number of inactive dancers, and walk forward between the
outsides to end as couples in the center. If necessary, inactive
dancers slide apart to let active dancers through and slide back
ONE/TWO TO A LINE: Typical starting formation - after
separate or split two. Active dancers walk around the outside past
the specified number of inactive dancers, and step up next to or
between inactive dancers to make a line while inactive dancers, if
necessary, spread apart to make room. Ends in facing lines.
SQUARE THRU/LEFT SQUARE
Typical starting formation - facing couples.
On Square Thru,
- Right pull by.
- Face into the group of 4 and left pull by.
- Face into the group of 4 and right pull by.
- Face into the group of 4 and left pull by.
Ends in couples back to back. Numbers or fractions may also be
given. For example on Square Thru 2 or Half Square Thru, dancers do
parts 1 and 2 only. Left Square Thru is the same as Square Thru,
but with right pull by replaced with left pull by and vice versa.
PARTNER: Typical starting formation - man and lady facing.
Dancers step up into ballroom position. The man's right hand is on
the lady's upper back, near her shoulder blade, and his left hand
holds the lady's right hand. The lady's left hand rests on the
man's right shoulder. Dancers stand slightly offset from each other
and move forward around each other by pushing forward with their
outside (left) feet, and walking in a very small circle with their
inner (right) feet. To break out of a swing, the couple release
their handhold and the lady rolls to end next to the man on his
right, facing promenade direction. Alternatively, to twirl, the man
and lady raise their joined hands and drop their grips, while the
lady turns under their joined hands toward the right. Ends in a
couple facing promenade direction.
Typical starting formation - dancer. Dancers turn around 180°
in the direction they were just turning, if any. If they were not
just turning, dancers turn toward their partners if they have one,
or else toward the center of the square, or in either direction if
they are facing directly toward or away from the center of the
BOX THE GNAT:
Typical starting formation - man and lady facing. Dancers join
right hands with the dancer across from them. The man walks forward
and turns 180° to the right to stand in the lady's original
position while the lady walks forward under their joined hands and
turns 180° to the left to end in the man's original position.
Dancers end facing each other in each other's original positions
with right hands joined.
starting formation - lines or waves. Trailers (dancers facing into
the square) walk forward to take the position of the dancer ahead
of them. Lead centers (centers facing out) flip over to end in the
other center position facing in. Lead ends walk forward in an arc
to end in the other end position facing in. Ends in lines or waves.
On Couples Circulate, the dancers circulate, maintaining couple
Typical starting formation - columns. The #1 dancers (those facing
out of the column) flip over to end in the adjacent position facing
in. All other dancers walk forward one position to end in the
original position of the dancer in front of them. Ends in
DIVE THRU: Typical
starting formation - eight chain. The centers raise their joined
hands and walk forward while the ends walk forward under the arch,
and the new ends California twirl. Ends in a beginning double pass
RUN: Typical starting
formation - couple or mini-wave. The designated dancer moves
forward in an arc to end facing the opposite direction in their
partner's original position. The non-designated dancer moves
without turning into the designated dancer's original position.
Typical starting formation - mini-wave. Dancers 1/2 trade. From a
mini-wave, this is equivalent to arm turn 1/4. Ends in a mini-wave.
On Couples Hinge, each couple works as a unit and hinges with the
other couple. Couples Hinge starts in a two-faced line or one-faced
line and ends in a two-faced line.
SWING THRU/LEFT SWING
Typical starting formation - wave. In each wave of 4 dancers, those
who have right hands joined arm turn 1/2, and those who now have
left hands joined arm turn 1/2. On Left Swing Thru, dancers who
have left hands joined arm turn 1/2, and those who now have right
hands joined arm turn 1/2.
COUPLES RULE: Calls from waves that start with an arm turn
(for example, Swing Thru) can also be called from facing couples.
In this case, the dancers step to a right-hand wave (unless the
call explicitly starts with left, in which case, they step to a
left-hand wave) and do the call.
STEP TO A
WAVE: Typical starting formation - facing dancers. Dancers
1/2 pass thru; that is, they step forward and slightly to the left
to take right hands. Ends in a right-hand mini-wave.
TOUCH 1/4: Typical
starting formation - facing dancers. Dancers step to a right-hand
mini-wave and arm turn 1/4. Ends in a right-hand mini-wave.
Typical starting formation - dancers facing their partners. Same as
Right and Left Grand, but with men walking clockwise and ladies
ZOOM: Typical starting
formation - box with tandem dancers. Leaders (those facing out of
the box of 4) turn away from center and walk in an arc to turn
360° and end behind their starting position, facing the same
direction. Trailers (those who start facing into the box) walk
forward into the position ahead of them. Ends in a box with tandem