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Stretched Box | Column | Line | Wave Concept -- [C2]
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From an 8-dancer formation (a 2 x 4 for Stretched Box; a 1 x 8 for Stretched Column | Line | Wave).

Viewing the formation along its long axis, group the dancers into pairs (two adjacent dancers). Each center pair works with the furthest outside pair to do the given call, ending such that the 4 dancers are entirely on that far side.

Stretched Box:
 

 
Work with these
dancers but...
  do the call as if
you started here.

Stretched Column | Line | Wave:
 

 
Work with these
dancers but...
  do the call as if
you started here.

Notes:

  • The given call must be able to be done by 4 (or fewer) dancers. The call can not be an 8-dancer call.

    • For example, from a Double Pass Thru formation, Stretched Box Rotary Spin is illegal because dancers within one group of 4 would be required to work with dancers within the other group of 4. Similarly, from a Tidal Wave, Stretched Wave Relay The Shadow is illegal.
    • Stretched Box | Column | Line | Wave identifies a formation (i.e., a Box, a Column, a Line, a Wave) of 4 dancers that has been 'pulled' or 'stretched' apart; dancers do the given call while simultaneously pulling the 2 portions of the formation together.
    • The words Stretched Box | Column | Line | Wave by itself is not a call, and does not mean to move anywhere or to do anything.
  • If the given call can be done by either 4 or 8 dancers, do the 4-dancer version of the call. For example, on a Stretched Box Counter Rotate 1/4, the Counter Rotate would be a Split Counter Rotate. A Stretched Box Circulate would be a Split Circulate.
  • The Outside pairs of dancers do the call 'normally' (i.e., as if they were working on their own side).
  • The Stretched Box | Column | Line | Wave CONCEPT [C2] is different from the Stretch CONCEPT [C1]. Listen for the word 'Box', 'Column', 'Line', or 'Wave.'

 
before
Stretched Box
Counter Rotate 1/4
 after

 
before
Stretched Line Cross Fire
 after

 
before
Stretched Wave Recycle
 after

 
before
Stretched Column
Dixie Style To A Wave
 after

Traffic patterns:

  • Some dancers immediately do a Centers 'Substitute' (or Centers Half Sashay into the other Center position) and then do the call on each side. Although this may help dancers to visualize and execute the call, it is almost always awkward to dance. Please try to avoid doing this! Instead, think about starting the call Disconnected and gradually blending such that the 4 dancers end together on the same side.
  • From Columns consider a Stretched Box Peel & Trail: the awkward way to dance this would be Centers Substitute (Stable Zoom) and all Peel & Trail; the smooth way would be Lead two dancers Phantom Run and Press Ahead as Trailing two dancers Press Ahead and Trade.
  • From a Tidal Wave consider a Stretched Wave Explode The Wave: the awkward way to dance this would be Center 4 Once Removed Half Sashay (yecch!) and all Explode The Wave; the smooth way would be Step Thru; Face In; Centers Pass Thru; all Right Pull By.

Contrast the difference between Stretched Box Shakedown and Stretch Shakedown:
 

This is the starting formation
for each of the following:

after
Stretched Box Shakedown

after
Stretch Shakedown

Contrast the difference between Stretched Wave Ah So and Stretch Ah So:
 

This is the starting formation
for each of the following:

after
Stretched Wave Ah So

after
Stretch Ah So

Stretched Diamond | Triangle CONCEPT [C4]: From Twin Diamonds | Triangles. Start the call Interlocked Diamond | Triangle but end on each side.

 
before
Stretched Triangle Reshape
 after

See also Stretch CONCEPT [C1].

CALLERLAB definition for Stretched (Formation) Concept

Choreography for Stretched Box | Column | Line | Wave Concept

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