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Alamo Style
Starting formations: Same as Allemande Left
Dance action: Dancers start an Allemande Left but continue the Arm Turn until the men are looking toward the center of the square and the women are looking out. Maintain the left handhold and join right hands with the adjacent dancer to form an Alamo Ring.
Ending formation: Alamo Ring.
Alamo Swing Thru
Starting formations: Alamo Ring
Dance action: Everyone turns half by the right, then everyone turns half by the left. When left Swing Thru is directed from an alamo formation, everyone turns half by the left, then everyone turns half by the right.
Ending formation: Alamo Ring.
Allemande Left
An Allemande Left is simply an Arm Turn by the left (plus a Step Thru as the dancers head towards their next dancer interaction). While Arm Turns are used for general arm turns, Allemande Left is mostly reserved for an Arm Turn with your corner.
Starting formations: Varied
Dance action: Dancers holding left arms or facing dancers Arm Turn by the left at least 180 degrees until the men are facing promenade (or wrong way promenade) direction and the women are facing wrong way promenade (or promenade) direction. Step Thru.
Ending formation: Right and Left Grand Circle, men facing one direction, women facing the other direction.
Allemande Thar - Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar:
An allemande thar star is a formation and may be formed at the end of any left arm turn by the center dancers (or those directed) forming a right hand box star and backing up. Each outside dancer holds the left forearm of a center dancer and walks forward.
Starting formation: Anywhere an allemande left is legal.
Dance action: All do an allemande left, blending into a right and left grand circle. All right pull by and left arm turn 1/2 the next to an Allemande Thar (men will be the centers).
Ending formation: Star
Allemande Thar - Wrong Way Thar
Starting formation: At the end of any right arm turn by the directed dancers forming a left hand box star and backing up.
Dance action: Outside dancers hold the right forearm of a center dancer and walk forward.
Ending formation: Star
Arm Turns
Starting formations: Facing Dancers, Mini-Wave
Dance action: Dancers join indicated forearms and walk forward around each other. The amount of turn can be specified as a fraction (e.g., Half (180°), 3/4 (270°), Full (360°) or implicitly by the next call (e.g., Turn Partner By the Left; 4 Ladies Chain).
Ending formation: Usually a Mini-wave, or no formation as the dancers prepare to let go of the arm turn and step forward to do the next call.
Bend the Line
Case 1: Starting formations: One-Faced Line, Two-Faced Line
Dance action: Each half of the line, working as a unit, turns 90° to face the center of the formation.
Ending formation: Facing Couples
Case 2: Starting formation: Tidal Line
Dance action: Same as Case 1
Ending formation: Facing Lines
Box the Gnat
Starting formation: Facing dancers.
Dance action: Dancers step forward, join and then raise their right hands. The lady steps forward and does a left-face U-Turn Back under the raised joined hands, as the man walks forward and around the lady while doing a right-face U-Turn Back.
Ending formation: Dancers end facing each other, each in the other's starting position.
California Twirl
Starting formation: Normal Couple only.
Dance action: Dancers raise joined hands to form an arch and exchange places with each other by having the woman walk forward and under the arch along a tight left-turning semi-circle. The man walks a slightly wider right-turning semi-circle. Dancers have exchanged places, passing right shoulders, and are both facing in the opposite direction from which they started.
Ending formation: Couple
Cast Off 3/4
Starting formation: Any wave or line.
Dance action: Each half of the line or wave works moves forward around a pivot point three quarters (270°).
If the adjoining dancers are facing the same direction, the end dancer becomes the pivot while the other dancer moves in a semi-circle around the pivot.
If the adjoining dancers are facing in opposite directions, the pivot point is the handhold between them and they move equally around that pivot point.
Ending formation: Wave or line.
Centers In
Starting formation: Whenever there is a couple with their backs to the center of the set facing or standing behind another couple
Dance action: The outside dancers step apart as the center dancers step forward and between them to form a line.
Ending formation: Line.
Circle Left / Circle Right
Starting formations: Squared Set, Infacing Circle Of 8
Dance action: Dancers join hands with adjacent dancers to form a circle and move the circle in the indicated direction, or to the left if no direction was given. The amount to circle may be a specified distance (e.g., Circle Left 1/2 Way) or until the next command is given (e.g., Circle Left ... Circle Right).
Ending formation: Infacing Circle Of 8. On the command "Stop At Home", the ending formation is a Squared Set.
Circle to a Line
Starting formation: Facing couples.
Dance action: Couples circle left one half (180°). The lead dancer in the couple who started on the inside (man's position) releases the left handhold, but retains the handhold of the dancer on his right to become the left end dancer of the line. The released dancer moves forward under the raised arm arch formed by that dancer and the adjacent dancer to become the right end dancer in the line.
Ending formation: Couple
Cloverleaf (everyone)
Starting formation: Completed Double Pass Thru.
Dance action: The lead dancers separate and move away from each other in a three quarter (270°) circle.
When each lead dancer approaches another lead dancer from the other side of the square, they both reach with outside hands, blending into a couple handhold as they continue into the center of the square to become a couple facing in. Each trailing dancer follows the dancer in front, and ends directly behind that same dancer.
Ending formation: Double Pass Thru.
Cloverleaf (2 couples only)
Starting formation: Anywhere two couples are facing out of the set (e.g., Trade By).
Dance action: The designated dancers must be facing out of the set. If they are in the center of the set, they first step forward. Next they separate and move away from each other in a three quarter (270°) circle. When they meet another dancer from the other side of the square, they become a couple facing in. When the inactive dancers are a couple facing in, they will move into the center.
Ending formation: Various. The active dancers will be Couples facing in.
Courtesy Turn
Starting formation: couple, facing dancers.
Dance action: The man (left hand dancer) takes the lady's (right hand dancer) left hand (palm down) in his left (palm up) and places his right hand in the small of the lady's back. Working as a unit, the couple turns around with the left hand dancer backing up and right hand dancer walking forward.
Ending formation: Unless otherwise specified, the couple faces the center of the set or the center of the formation in which it is working.
Cross Run
Starting formation: Any two-dancer formation in which the directed dancer has a shoulder directly adjacent to the other dancer.
Dance action: Each of the two directed (active) dancers, who must both be either centers or ends, Run into the spot vacated by the farthest inactive dancer. If the inactive dancers are centers, they sidestep to become ends; if they are ends, they sidestep to become centers. When the active dancers are both facing the same direction, they move forward in a semi-circle, pass each other and then Run into the vacated spot on the far side.
Ending formation: Line.
Dive Thru
Starting formation: Facing Couples
Dance action: One couple makes an arch by raising their joined hands, while the other couple ducks under the arch. Both move forward. The couple making the arch does a California Twirl.
Unless otherwise specified, it is the couple whose back is to the center of square who makes the arch, and the outside couple who ducks under.
Ending formation: Tandem Couples
Do Paso
Starting formations: Right and Left Grand Circle, Thar, Squared Set, Infacing Circle Of 8
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.
Ending formation: Facing center of set.
Dosado
Starting formation: Facing Dancers
Dance action: Walking a smooth circular path, dancers walk forward, passing right shoulders, slide sideways to the right, walk backwards, passing left shoulders, and slide slightly to the left to return to their starting position.
Ending formation: Facing Dancers
Dosado to a Wave
Starting formation: Facing Dancers
Dance action: In one smooth motion, Dosado and Step To A Wave.
Ending formation: Right-Hand Mini-Wave
Double Pass Thru
Starting formations: Couples facing into the center of the set.
Dance action: Dancers move forward, passing right shoulders with two other dancers.
Ending formation: Couples facing away from the center of the set.
Eight Chain Thru / Eight Chain 1, 2, 3, etc.
Starting formations: Eight chain thru.
Dance action: Facing dancers join right hands and pull by (this completes an eight chain one). The center facing dancers join left hands and pull by while the outside dancers do a courtesy turn (this completes an eight chain two). Repeat these actions in sequence to achieve eight chain three, eight chain four, etc. Eight chain thru is the same as eight chain eight.
Ending formation: Even numbers end in an eight chain thru formation. Odd numbers end in a trade by formation.
Extend
Starting formations: 1/4 tag formation.
Dance action: Dancers in the right(left)-hand wave release hands and step forward to the couple they are facing and join hands in a new right(left)-hand wave. Note: Centers in the wave remain centers in the new wave and ends in the wave remain as ends in the new waves.
Ending formation: Same as starting formation
Ferris Wheel
Starting formations: Two-Faced Lines.
Dance action: Each Couple Steps Forward. Out-facing couples do their part, Wheel And Deal. In-facing Couples form a momentary Two-Faced Line in the center, and without stopping Wheel And Deal.
Ending formation: Double Pass Thru.
First Couple Go Left/Right, Next Couple Go Left/Right
Starting formations: Box Circulate
Dance action: Dancers, with each couple working as a unit, walk forward in an arc in the indicated direction.
Ending formation: Facing Lines, Promenade
Flutterwheel / Reverse Flutterwheel
Starting formations: Facing couples.
Flutterwheel - Dance action: The right hand dancers go in to the center and turn by the right forearm. As they move adjacent to the opposite dancer, they reach out with the free (left) hand and, taking the right hand of the opposite dancer, each continues on around to the original right hand dancer's starting position, releasing arms in the center and turning as a couple to face the center.
Reverse Flutterwheel - Dance action: Generally the same as flutterwheel except that the two left-hand dancers start with a left forearm turn and pick up the opposite dancers to return to their (the left hand dancer's) starting position.
Ending formation: Facing couples.
Forward And Back
Starting formations: Squared Set, Infacing Circle Of 8, Facing Lines
Dance action: Dancers join hands with those next to them, walk forward 3 steps, pause, walk backwards 3 steps, and pause.
Ending formation: Same as starting formation
Grand Square
Starting formation: Square.
Dance action: Heads move forward into the square (4 steps), turning one quarter (90°) on the fourth step to face partners and back away to the sides of the square (4 steps). Turn one quarter (90°) to face the original opposites. Back away to the corners of the square (4 steps) and turn one quarter (90°) to face original partners and walk forward to home (4 steps). Do not turn. (Total to here: 16 steps.) From this point the action is reversed. Heads back away from their partners (4 steps), turning one quarter (90°) on the fourth step and walk forward to the opposites (4 steps). Turn one quarter and walk forward into the center toward partners (4 steps). Turn one quarter (90E) to face opposites and back up to home (total: 32 steps).
While the head couples are doing the first 16 steps, the sides start by facing their partners to back away and do the second 16 steps. Completing this, the sides do the first 16 steps, while the heads are doing the last 16.
The principle of walking three steps and then turning (or reversing) on the fourth step is followed throughout. This call may be broken into fractional parts by the caller directing the number of steps required. The call may also start with the heads, or other designated dancers, directed to face.
Ending formation: square.
Half Sashay
Starting formation: Couple
Dance action: Dancers exchange places without changing facing directions. Dancer on the right side steps to the left while the dancer on the left steps back, side steps to the right, then steps forward, ending as a couple.
Ending formation: Couple
Half Sashay - Rollaway
Starting formations: Couple, Infacing Circle Of 8
Dance action: From a couple, the dancer on the right (or the directed dancer) "rolls" across in front of the other dancer, turning a full 360 degrees to end on the other side, as the other dancer steps back and then forward, adjusting sideways as necessary, to move smoothly into the vacated position. At the completion of the call, the dancers have exchanged positions. From an Infacing Circle Of 8 of alternating men and women, unless otherwise directed, the women roll left across and in front of the men.
Ending formations: Couple, Infacing Circle Of 8
Half Sashay - Ladies In, Men Sashay
Starting formation: Infacing Circle Of 8 of alternating men and women
Dance action: From a Circle Left (Right), the ladies step forward and pause while the men continue to move to the left (right), behind, and past one lady. The ladies now step back and rejoin hands in a circle with the men.
Ending formation: Infacing Circle Of 8
Hinge - Single Hinge / Couples Hinge
A hinge is a half of a trade. Any two adjacent couples or dancers who can trade can also hinge.
Starting formation: Line or two-faced line (couples) / mini wave (single)
Dance action: Working as a unit (couples) or as individuals (single) do half of a trade.
Ending formation: Two-faced line (couples) or mini wave (single) at right angles to the original line.
Ladies Chain - 2 Ladies Chain
Starting formation: facing couples (man on left, lady on right).
Dance action: The ladies step forward, extend right hands to each other and pull by. Each man steps forward and to the right, turning left to face the same direction as the lady beside him. The lady extends a left hand to the man for a courtesy turn.
Ending formation: Couples end facing each other.
Ladies Chain - 4 Ladies Chain
Starting formation: square or circle of 8 dancers.
Dance action: Similar to two ladies chain except that all four ladies step to the center and form a right hand star. They turn the star halfway around to their opposite men. All courtesy turn to face the center of the set.
Ending formation: All courtesy turn to face the center of the set.
Ladies Chain - Chain Down the Line
Starting formation: right hand line or left hand ocean wave,
Dance action: centers trade while ends adjust as necessary. Then the ends courtesy turn the centers.
Ending formation: facing couples.
Lead Right
Starting formation: Couple
Dance action: Directed couple(s), working as a unit, move forward along a 90 degree arc to face the couple (or wall) to their right.
Ending formation: Couple
Left-Hand Star / Right-Hand Star
Starting formations: Facing Couples, Squared Set, Infacing Circle Of 8
Dance action: The designated dancers form a star by stepping forward if necessary and placing the appropriate hand in the center of the formation. Forming the star may require a dancer to individually turn in place up to 3/8 of a turn. Dancers turn the star by walking forward in a circle around the center of the star. The distance traveled may be specified in fractions of a star full around, or until some condition is met.
Ending formation: Star plus an adjustment. Each dancer knows his position on the floor by how far the star turned, and adjusts his facing direction as appropriate for the next call.
Pass the Ocean
Starting formation: Facing Couples
Dance action: Pass Thru; Face your Partner; Step To A Wave
Ending formation: Right-Hand Ocean Wave
Pass to the Center
Starting formation: Eight Chain Thru
Dance action: Pass Thru. Those looking out of the square Partner Trade.
Ending formation: Double Pass Thru
Pass Thru
Starting formation: Facing Dancers
Dance action: Dancers move forward, passing right shoulders with each other and end back-to-back.
Ending formation: Back-To-Back Dancers
Promenade - Couples (Full, 1/2, 3/4)
Starting formations: Promenade, Squared Set, Right and Left Grand Circle (men facing counterclockwise, women facing clockwise)
Dance action: If necessary, adjust to a Promenade formation as follows: From a Squared Set, as a couple, turn to face promenade direction; From a Right and Left Grand Circle, those facing promenade direction step forward and to the inside while the others turn around in a comfortable direction. Each couple, as a unit, walks forward around the circle the designated amount or as otherwise directed. On the command "Promenade Home" the couples promenade to the man's home position. If certain couples are named, they promenade around the outside of the set, unless instructed otherwise. At the end of the promenade each couple turns, as a unit, to face the center of the set.
Ending formations: Promenade (e.g., Promenade, Keep Walking), Squared Set (e.g., Promenade Home), or couples facing in on the outside of the set (e.g., Sides Promenade 3/4).
Promenade - Single File
Starting formations: Infacing Circle Of 8, Squared Set, Columns
Dance action: If the dancers have a facing direction around the set (e.g., Columns, Promenade and put the lady in front), no initial turn is necessary. If the dancers are circling they will turn to face the circling direction. If 4 dancers are designated from a Squared Set (e.g., Ladies Single File Promenade), they will step into the center and face promenade direction. Actives move forward around the set (on the inside, or outside if so directed), in single file (one behind another). The next call determines when the dancers stop and what they do next.
Ending formation: determined by the next call
Promenade - Star
Starting formation: 4-dancer star in the center of the set and 4 dancers around the outside of the set
Dance action: Directed dancers (e.g., men) form (or are already in) a star and turn it. When they encounter the next directed dancer (e.g., partner) they become a couple, and promenade while retaining the center star.
Ending formation: Promenade or Wrong Way Promenade with centers forming a star; the dancers will be closer together than usual because of the star and arm around the waist.
Promenade - Wrong Way
Dance Action: Like couples promenade, except the couples promenade clockwise.
Recycle
Starting formations: Ocean wave
Dance Action: The ends of the wave cross fold as the centers of the wave fold in behind the ends and follow them around, then face in to end as two facing couples.
Ending formation: Two facing couples
Right and Left Grand
Starting formations: Right and Left Grand Circle, Eight Chain Thru
Dance action: If necessary, men turn up to 90 degrees to face promenade direction and women turn up to 90 degrees to face reverse promenade direction. Dancers blend into a circular formation as they Right Pull By, Left Pull By, Right Pull By, Left Pull By.
Ending formation: Right and Left Grand Circle
Right and Left Thru
Starting formation: Facing Couples
Dance action: Right Pull By; Courtesy Turn
Ending formation: Facing Couples
Run
Starting formation: Any two-dancer formation in which the directed dancer has a shoulder directly adjacent to the other dancer.
Dance action: The directed (active) dancer moves forward in a semicircle (180°) around an adjacent (inactive) dancer to end in the adjacent dancer's starting position. Meanwhile, the inactive dancer, who may be facing in any direction, adjusts by stepping (without changing facing direction) into the vacated starting position of the active dancer. The active dancer doing the run has reversed his original facing direction. Runs from an alamo circle are to the right unless otherwise directed.
Ending formation: Line
Scoot Back
Starting formation: Box Circulate or 1/4 tag.
Dance action: Dancers facing in step straight forward to join adjacent forearms, turn half (180°) and step forward to end in the position vacated by the dancer who was facing out.
Meanwhile, each dancer facing out runs into the position vacated by the dancer who is doing the forearm turn.
Ending formation: Box Circulate or 3/4 tag.
See Saw
Starting formation: square or circle.
Dance action: Each dancer walks forward and around the partner keeping left shoulders adjacent, then steps forward to face the corner.
Ending formation: Facing corner
Separate
Starting formation: Couple. The couple must be active or designated.
Dance action:
Case 1: The active or designated couple is on Squared Set spots
The dancers turn back-to-back and start walking forward in opposite directions around the outside of the square away from each other until they meet another dancer. The call ends here unless further instructions are given.
Case 2: The active or designated couple is in the center facing out of the square
The couple steps forward and then performs the Separate action described above.
Ending formation: Facing dancers on the outside of the set or determined by the next command
Separate - Around 1 or 2 to a Line
Starting formation: after a Separate
Dance action: After a Separate, the active dancers walk around the outside of the set passing the designated number of inactive dancers. The inactives act as stationary objects (referred to as goal-posts) and do not change their facing direction. However, they should counterdance as necessary by stepping forward to allow the actives to walk comfortably around the outside, and then step slightly backward as the actives pass. The active dancers pass each other as necessary, using right shoulders. The actives only count inactive dancers in determining how far to go. When the active dancers walk around their last inactive dancer, they either squeeze in between the inactive dancers (who move apart to make room) to become the centers of a general line, or stand outside the inactive dancers to become the ends of a general line. Which action will happen depends on where the count ends the active dancers with respect to the location of the inactive dancers.
Ending formation: Usually Facing Lines.
Separate - Around 1 or 2 and come into the middle
Starting formation: after a Separate
Dance action: Initially the same as Separate Around x to a Line. When the active dancers pass their last inactive dancers, they will either squeeze in between and through the inactive dancers (who move apart and back together to make room, as in the call Split 2) to come into the center of the set and take the next call, or will continue forward in a semi-circle around their last inactive dancers to end in the center of the set, ready to take the next call.
Ending formation: Once the actives enter the center of the set, they are ready to take the next call. The inactive dancers finish on the outside of the set where they started and do not participate in the next call.
Shoot the Star / Shoot the Star Full Around
Starting formation: Thar or wrong way thar.
Dance action: The handholds forming the center star are released as each center dancer and the adjacent outside dancer arm turn one half (180°) or full (360°) as directed. If half or full is not directed, the arm turn is one half.
Ending formation:
Slide Thru
Starting formation: Facing Dancers
Dance action: In a single smooth motion, Pass Thru and Men Face Right, Women Face Left.
Ending formation: If two men, Right-Hand Mini-Wave; if two women, Left-Hand Mini-Wave; otherwise, a Couple.
Slip the Clutch
Starting formation: Thar or wrong way thar.
Dance action: Dancers in the center of the thar stop and, while retaining the star, release arm holds with the dancers beside them. Everyone then moves forward within the circle in which he was traveling while in the thar.
Ending formation:
Spin the Top
Starting formation: Ocean Wave
Dance action: End and adjacent center Turn 1/2. Centers Turn 3/4 while the ends move forward in a quarter circle around the formation to become ends of the final Ocean Wave.
Ending formation: Ocean Wave perpendicular to starting formation.
Split Two
Starting formation: A Couple or Tandem facing a Couple or Mini-Wave
Dance action: The active or directed dancers move forward between the two inactive dancers (splitting them). The inactive dancers move apart to let them through then move back together.
Ending formation: Active dancers with their backs to the dancers they split. Inactive dancers end where they started.
Square Thru/Left Square Thru (1,2,3,4)
Starting formation: facing couples.
Dance action: Facing dancers join right(left) hands and pull by. Turn in one quarter (90°), join left(right) hands and pull by. Turn in one quarter (90°) and join right(left) hands with facing dancer and pull by. Turn in one quarter (90°), join left(right) hands and pull by, but do not turn.
Ending formation: Couple
Star Thru
Starting formation: Facing Dancers (man facing woman)
Dance action: Man places his right hand against woman's left hand, palm to palm with fingers up, to make an arch. As the dancers move forward the woman does a one quarter (90°) left face turn under the arch, while the man does a one quarter (90 degrees) turn to the right moving past the woman.
Ending formation: Couple
Sweep a Quarter
Starting formation: facing couples in a circling movement (right or left).
Dance action: Dancers continue the circling movement one quarter (90°) in the direction of their body flow.
Ending formation: Normal Couple, usually facing into the set, or facing appropriately for the next call (such as Promenade).
Swing
Starting formation: Ocean wave or alamo.
Dance action: Dancers step forward and slightly to their left, use a ballroom hold, and rotate clockwise as a unit for four or more beats of music. As dancers end the swing, the woman continues turning to her right (unrolling along the man's right arm) until she is facing the same direction as the man.
Ending formation: Normal Couple, usually facing into the set, or facing appropriately for the next call (such as Promenade).
Swing Thru / Left Swing Thru
Starting formation: Ocean wave
Dance action: Those who can, turn by the right(left) one half (180°), then those who can, turn by the left(right) one half (180°). If "right" is not specified preceding the command to Swing Thru, it is a right Swing Thru.
Ending formation: Ocean wave
Tag Half Tag / Half Tag the Line
Starting formation: Any line with an even number of dancers.
Dance action: Dancers touch and without stopping turn one quarter (90°) by the right.
Ending formation: Wave or mini-wave.
Touch 1/4
Starting formation: Facing dancers.
Dance action: Dancers touch and without stopping turn one quarter (90°) by the right.
Ending formation: Wave or mini-wave.
Trade By
Starting formation: Any formation in which two couples are facing each other and the other couples are facing out.
Dance action: The couples facing each other pass thru, the couples facing out do a partner trade to face in.
Ending formation: Facing couples.
Turn Back - U-Turn Back
Starting formation: Individual dancer
Dance action: The dancer does an individual about-face turn (180 degrees) in place, turning toward partner unless the body flow dictates otherwise. If alone (i.e., no partner), the dancer turns toward the center of the set. If the solo dancer is facing directly toward or away from the center of the set, the turn may be in either direction.
Ending formation: Individual dancer
Turn Back - Backtrack
Starting formations: Promenade, Star Promenade, Single File Promenade, Wrong Way Promenade
Dance action: The designated dancers walk in a small 180 degree arc towards the outside of the set.
Ending formation: Various, depending on starting formation and who was designated.
Turn Thru
Starting formations: Facing Dancers
Dance action: In one smooth motion, dancers Step To A Wave, Right Arm Turn 1/2, and Step Thru.
Ending formation: Back-To-Back Dancers.
Veer Left / Veer Right
Starting formations: Facing dancers, facing couples, mini waves or two-faced lines.
Dance action: Two facing couples working as a unit, or two facing dancers move to the left/right (as directed) and forward to end in a two-faced line or mini wave respectively. From a mini wave or a two-faced line, the veering direction must be toward the center of the mini wave or line. Each dancer, or couple working as a unit, moves forward and inward to end back to back with the other dancer or couple respectively.
Ending formation: Various, depending on starting formation and who was designated.
Walk And Dodge
Starting formations: Box circulate or facing couples.
Dance action: From box circulate formation, each dancer facing into the box walks forward to take the place of the dancer who was directly in front of him. Meanwhile, each dancer facing out of the box steps sideways (dodges) into the position vacated by the "walker" who was formerly beside him. If walk and dodge is called from facing couples, the caller must designate who is to walk and who is to dodge (e.g., "men walk, ladies dodge").
Ending formation: Box circulate ends in dancers side by side, both facing out. Facing couples end in box circulate formation.
Walk Around The Corner
Starting formations: Squared Set, Infacing Circle Of 8
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
Weave the Ring
Starting formation: Right and Left Grand Circle
Dance action: Dancers do a no-hands Right and Left Grand.
Ending formation: Right and Left Grand Circle
Wheel And Deal (from a line of four).
Starting formation: Line(s) of four facing in the same direction.
Dance action: The left hand couple only takes a step forward. The couples wheel (180°) toward the center of the line with the center dancer of each couple acting as the pivot point about which the couples turn. The couple that started on the right half of the line wheels in front of the other couple.
Ending formation: Both couples end facing the same direction with the original left hand couple standing behind the original right hand couple.
Wheel And Deal (from a two-faced line).
Starting formation: Two-faced line.
Dance action: Each couple steps straight ahead one step. Each couple then wheels (180°) toward the center of the line with the center dancer of each couple acting as the pivot point about which the couples turn.
Ending formation: Couples end facing each other.
Wheel Around
Starting formation: couple.
Dance action: The couple, working as a unit, turns around (180°). The left hand dancer backs up while the right hand dancer moves forward. The pivot point is the handhold between the two dancers.
Ending formation: couple
Wrong Way Grand
Starting formation: Same as for Right and Left Grand, except with men facing wrong way promenade direction, women facing promenade direction
Dance action: Same as for Right and Left Grand, except the men go in wrong way promenade direction and women go in promenade direction
Ending formation: Right and Left Grand Circle
Zoom
In this definition, the term "center point" refers to the center of the 4-dancer formation on your side of the set, or the center of the whole set, if you are not part of a 4-dancer formation.
Starting formation: Usually Tandem Couples or a Box Circulate.
Dance action: Lead dancer walks in a full circle, turning away from the center point, and ending up on the spot of the trailing dancer. The trailing dancer walks forward to take the spot of the lead dancer.
Ending formation: Same as starting formation