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Trail Off [A2]
  
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Trail Off -- [A2]
   (Jim Gammalo 1962)
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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) and 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.

From a R-H Mini-Wave Box:
 

 
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Trail Off
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From Tandem Couples:
 

 
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Trail Off
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From a L-H "Z":
 

 
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Trail Off
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From a T-Bone 2 x 2: (used only at C1 or above):
 

 
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Trail Off
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Notes:

  • Trail Off is a Cross Peel Off. You need to cross the center of your 4-dancer formation to end on the far side.
  • When starting from Tandem Couples, pass Left-shoulders with the other dancer in your Couple. This is because Trail Off is a Cross Peel Off: Leaders do a Half Sashay then Peel Off as Trailers step forward if necessary do a Half Sashay then Peel Off. Of course, when dancing, don't abruptly do a Half Sashay then Peel Off. Instead, blend the Half Sashay and Peel Off into one smooth movement.
  • Everyone can Roll after a Trail Off.
  • From non-T-Bone formations, Trail Off always ends in a Line. Dancers who start in Tandem end in a Couple, with the original Lead dancer ending as an End of the resulting line, and the original Trailing dancer ending as a Center.
  • Trailer traffic patterns:
    • If facing opposite directions:
      Extend (if necessary) & Arm Turn 1/2.
    • If facing the same direction:
      Step ahead (if necessary) & left-shoulder Partner Trade.

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.

Peel & Trail [A2] (Lee Kopman 1966): 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.

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.

Trail To A Diamond [C2] (Bill Trench 1973): From an applicable 2 x 2 or "Z". Leaders Trail Off as Trailers Extend if necessary and Hinge. A non-T-Bone starting formation Ends in a Diamond.

Trail The Deal [C4] (Vic Andrews 1963): From an applicable 2 x 2 or "Z". As one movement, Leaders Trail Off and Roll and Step Ahead as Trailers follow the Leaders in Tandem. Ends in a Single Double Pass Thru (Zero Tag) formation. Cheat: Tandem Trade & Roll, passing left-shoulders if starting from Tandem Couples.

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

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