Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
Peel & Trail [A2]
  
From an applicable 2 x 2 or "Z".

Leaders Peel Off as Trailers Trail Off.

A Mini-Wave Box ends in a Wave; Tandem Couples end in a One-Faced Line.

From a R-H Mini-Wave Box:
 
 
before
Peel & Trail
 after

From Tandem Couples:
 
 
before
Peel & Trail
 after

From a L-H "Z":
 
 
before
Peel & Trail
 after

From a T-Bone 2 x 2:
(used only at C1 or above)
 
 
before
Peel & Trail
 after

Notes:

  • Everyone can Roll after a Peel & Trail.
  • When starting from Tandem Couples, Trailers pass Left-shoulders with each other. This is because the Trailers part is a Trail Off (Cross Peel Off), which contains a Half Sashay, causing you to pass Left-shoulders. Trailers step forward if necessary then, as one movement, Half Sashay and Peel Off.
  • From non-T-Bone formations, Peel & Trail always ends in a Line. Original Leaders end as Ends of the resulting line, and the original Trailers end as Centers.
  • Trailer traffic patterns:
    • If Trailers are facing opposite directions:
      Extend (if necessary) & Arm Turn 1/2.
    • If Trailers are facing the same direction:
      Step ahead (if necessary) & left-shoulder Partner Trade.
  • Peel & Trail is like Zig-Zag [A2] in that the first part of the call (Peel) is directed to the Leaders, and the second part of the call (Trail) is directed to the Trailers. Several years ago, the (now C4) call Trail & Peel (Leaders Trail Off as Trailers Peel Off) was occasionally used at Advanced-level dances.

Peel Off [Plus] (Howard Liffick 1962): From an applicable 2 x 2 (usually a Mini-Wave Box or Tandem Couples) or a "Z". As one movement, Leaders flip away (180°) from the center of the 4-dancer formation and step forward if necessary as the Trailers step forward if necessary and U-Turn Back by turning away from the center of the 4-dancer formation. A Non-T-Bone starting formation always ends in a Line.

Trail Off [A2] (Jim Gammalo 1962): From an applicable 2 x 2 (usually a Mini-Wave Box or Tandem Couples) or "Z". As one movement, Leaders step forward if necessary, run (180° toward the center of the 4-dancer formation) & veer out as the Trailers step forward if necessary and Trade (passing left-shoulders if facing the same direction). A Non-T-Bone starting formation always ends in a Line. In particular, a Mini-Wave Box ends in a Two-Faced Line, and Tandem Couples end in a One-Faced Line. Trail Off is a Cross Peel Off.

Trail & Peel [C4] (Lee Kopman 1966): From an applicable 2 x 2 or "Z". Leaders Trail Off as Trailers Peel Off. A Mini-Wave Box ends in a Wave; Tandem Couples end in a One-Faced Line.

Peel And anything [NOL]: From an applicable 2x2 or "Z". Leaders Peel Off as Trailers step forward if necessary and do the anything call.

Peel & Trail The Wave [C4]: From Parallel Waves. Complete The Tag (Extend Twice); Peel & Trail. Ends in Facing Lines.

Peel The Top [Plus] (Melvin Roberts 1973): From an applicable 2x2 or "Z". Leaders Peel Off as Trailers Step Forward if necessary; all Fan The Top. A Non-T-Bone starting formation ends in a Wave. Peel The Top is like a Peel & Trail followed by a Lockit.

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