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Grand Chain Eight -- [C2]
   (Gordon Hoyt 1956)
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From Double Pass Thru, Eight Chain Thru, Facing Lines, or other applicable formations.

Those who can Right Pull By; all (move along and) Step to a L-H (Mini-)Wave; Centers Courtesy Turn the Ends 1/4 by doing a Left-face U-Turn Back placing their R-H on the End's back and Bend The Line.

From Double Pass Thru:
 

     
before
Grand Chain Eight
 after
Centers Right Pull By
 after
Step To A L-H Wave
 after
Centers Courtesy
Turn the Ends 1/4
(done)

From Facing Lines:
 

     
before
Grand Chain Eight
 after
Right Pull By
 after
move along and
Step To A L-H Wave
 after
Centers Courtesy
Turn the Ends 1/4
(done)

From Eight Chain Thru:
 

     
before
Grand Chain Eight
 after
Right Pull By
 after
move along and
Step To A L-H Wave
 after
Centers Courtesy
Turn the Ends 1/4
(done)

Notes:

  • From an Eight Chain Thru, a common dancer mistake is to do a Chain The Square [C2].
  • The Courtesy Turn movement (after the Right Pull By and move along) is sometimes described as 1/4 Out; Courtesy Turn. We dislike this definition for 2 reasons:
    1. The Belle's part is somewhat awkward because there is first a 1/4 Out (to the Right) and then Courtesy Turn (to the Left) 1/2, instead of just a smooth Courtesy Turn (1/4).
    2. If you advance into C3, the caller may call a Left | Mirror Grand Chain Eight in which case we believe it is easier to remember to Step To A R-H Wave & then the Centers always turn the Ends. If, instead, you were to 1/4 Out, it could easily become confusing to figure out who turns who.
  • An alternative way to think about the Step To A L-H Mini-Wave & Courtesy Turn movement is to do a Left Touch 1/4 & Leads U-Turn Back (Roll twice).

Split Grand Chain Eight [C2]: Those who can Right Pull By and turn 1/4 to face the inactives; all Step to a L-H Wave; Centers Courtesy Turn the Ends 1/4 to end in facing Couples (danced as Centers Left-face U-Turn Back to place R-H on adjacent End's back and Bend The Line).

Split Grand Chain Eight:
 

       
before
Split Grand Chain Eight
 after
Right Pull By
& 1/4 In
 after
Step To A L-H Wave
  after
Centers Left-face
U-Turn Back
 after
Bend The Line
(done)

Eight By anything [C3A] (Lee Kopman 1981): From applicable formations (such as a 2 x 4 with the outsides facing each other). Outside 4 do your part Grand Chain Eight & Roll as Centers do the anything call (working in the Center). Ends in various formations.

See also Split [Square Thru] CONCEPT [C1].

CALLERLAB definition for Grand Chain Eight

Choreography for Grand Chain Eight

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