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1/4 (or 3/4) Thru -- [A1]
   (Dick Bayer and Holman Hudspeth 1969)
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From a 4-dancer formation such as a R-H Mini-Wave Box, a R-H Facing Diamond (Centers with R-H, Ends with L-H), or other applicable formations.

  1. Those who can Right Arm Turn 1/4 (or 3/4);
  2. those who meet and can Left Arm Turn 1/2.

Ends in a Wave. This is a 2-part call.

From a R-H Mini-Wave Box:
 

   
before
1/4 Thru
 after
Right Arm Turn 1/4
 after
Centers Left Arm Turn 1/2
(done)

From a Facing Diamond:
 

   
before
1/4 Thru
 after
Centers Right Arm Turn 1/4
 after
Left Arm Turn 1/2
(done)

Notes:

  • From 8-dancer formations such as Columns or Point-to-Point Diamonds, stay in your group of 4.
  • 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru always starts with the Right hand. From Parallel L-H Waves, only the Centers can do the call.
  • 1/4 Thru and 3/4 Thru are in the Swing Thru family. These calls all start with the right hand. A 1/4 Thru is a Swing Thru but only turn 1/4 for the first part. Similarly, a 3/4 Thru is a Swing Thru but turn 3/4 for the first part. Swing Thru can be thought of as a 2/4 Thru.
  • Keep your squares tight. 1/4 Thru requires that dancers keep their formations tight since the call is very difficult to do from Waves that are far apart!
  • On 1/4 Thru, be sure to turn precisely 1/4 for the first part. A common mistake is to turn more than 1/4.
  • On 3/4 Thru, think "half then a quarter more" for the Arm Turn 3/4.
  • The first part of 1/4 Thru is an Arm Turn 1/4, which is not the same as a Hinge. 1/4 Thru can not be done from formations such as Back-to-Back Couples.
  • The most common starting formation is Parallel R-H Waves. As such, when we teach 1/4 Thru, we emphasize the following:
    • Work with the four dancers in your Box; and
    • Trailers meet each other for the Left Arm Turn 1/2. (This hint helps dancers from overshooting the Right Arm Turn 1/4.)
    On 3/4 Thru,
    • Leaders meet each other for the Left Arm Turn 1/2.
    • For the 3/4 turn, think "half then a quarter more".
  • Dancers starting the call should be in a Mini-Wave, not facing dancers. Most callers and dancers believe it is illegal to call 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru from a setup such as a Single Eight Chain Thru.

Can 1/4 Thru be done from an Inverted Box?
An Inverted Box is a 2 x 2 consisting of one R-H Mini-Wave and one L-H Mini-Wave.

Inverted Box
 

On a 1/4 Thru, do those in the R-H Mini-Wave Arm Turn 1/4, then those in the L-H Mini-Wave Arm Turn 1/2?

Although some definitions of 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru allow the definition to be applied from this formation, we feel that this is not legal since it violates the gestalt of the call.

We believe that the gestalt of the call is:

  1. Those who can Right Arm Turn 1/4 (or 3/4);
  2. those who meet and can Left Arm Turn 1/2.

In other words, you can only Left Arm Turn 1/2 if you initially did the Right Arm Turn or if you are turning with someone who did.

Left 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru [A1]: Start with the left hand instead of the right hand. That is, Those who can Left Arm Turn 1/4 (or 3/4); those who meet and can Right Arm Turn 1/2.

Grand 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru [A1]: From R-H Columns or other applicable formations. Everyone who can Right Arm Turn 1/4 (or 3/4); Everyone who can Left Arm Turn 1/2. Grand 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru is to 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru as Grand Swing Thru is to Swing Thru.

Any Hand 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru [A1]: From applicable 4-dancer formations. Those who can Arm Turn 1/4 (or 3/4); Those who meet Arm Turn 1/2 (or Partner Trade). The Any Hand concept allows calls that always start with the right hand to be done from formations in which some dancers have right hands joined and some dancers have left hands joined. Everyone who can starts the call by doing an Arm Turn 1/4 (or 3/4).

Remake [A2] (Vince Di Caudo 1972): From a R-H Mini-Wave Box, a Facing Diamond with the Centers in a R-H Mini-Wave, or from other applicable 3- or 4-dancer formations. Those who can Right Arm Turn 1/4; those who meet and can Left Arm Turn 1/2; those who meet and can Right Arm Turn 3/4. Usually ends in the same formation as the starting formation. Remake is a 1/4 Thru followed by a Right Arm Turn 3/4.

1/4 (or 3/4) Mix [C3A]: From a R-H Mini-Wave Box, a Diamond with the Centers in a R-H Mini-Wave, or other applicable formations. Those who can Right Arm Turn 1/4 (or 3/4); those in a Line|Wave Mix. Ends in a Line or Wave. This is a 3-part call.

1/4 (or 3/4) Cross [C4] (Lee Kopman 1970): Those who can Right Arm Turn 1/4 (or 3/4); those in a Line|Wave Centers Cross Run.

CALLERLAB definition for Quarter Thru
CALLERLAB definition for Three-Quarter Thru

Choreography for 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru

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