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Transfer The Column -- [A1]
   (Lee Kopman 1974)
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From Mini-Wave Columns.

First two dancers in the Column (#1 and #2) move forward in Single File around the outside of the other Column until parallel with the Center Box and then individually Face In (to end as a Couple) as the Last Two dancers (#3 and #4) Circulate (to form a Center Box) and Cast Off 3/4; all Extend.

Ends in Parallel Waves.

From R-H Columns:
 
     
before
Transfer The Column
  after
#1 & #2 Single File Promenade 1/2 and Face In
as #3 & #4 Circulate
(Transfer And Nothing)
 after
Centers Cast Off 3/4
 after
Extend
(done)

From L-H Columns:
 
     
before
Transfer The Column
  after
#1 & #2 Single File Promenade 1/2 and Face In
as #3 & #4 Circulate
(Transfer And Nothing)
 after
Centers Cast Off 3/4
 after
Extend
(done)

Notes:

  • Those doing the Cast Off 3/4 determine the handedness of the ending formation.
  • The handedness of the Column at the begininng of the call is the same as the handedness of the resulting Wave.
  • The Last Two dancers Circulate to form a Box before doing the Cast Off 3/4. It is important to form the Box first, because Transfer The Column is often called such that same sex does the Cast Off 3/4. Dancers who are on 'auto-pilot' tend to forget about the definition and just look for same sex for the Cast Off 3/4. This causes trouble when mixed sexes are supposed to meet in the Center. If you always form a Box, you will always Cast Off 3/4 with the correct dancer.

Transfer And anything [A2] (Deuce Williams 1975): From Columns or other applicable formations. First two dancers in the Column (#1 and #2) move forward in Single File around the outside of the other Column until parallel with the Center Box and then individually Face In (to end as a Couple) as the Others step forward to form a compact formation ("normalize") and do the anything call.

Box Transfer [A2] (Lee Kopman 1974): From a 2 x 2. Leaders Box Circulate Twice and 1/4 In as Trailers Extend, Cast Off 3/4, and Extend. A Mini-Wave Box ends in a Mini-Wave Box. Split Transfer is a Box Transfer done within each 2 x 2 of a 2 x 4. Box | Split Transfer is the Single version of Transfer The Column.

3 By 1 Transfer The Column [C2]: From Columns. The First Three dancers Transfer (as a 3-dancer group Trail Off , then individually 1/4 In) as the #4 dancers Circulate 1 & 1/2 and Cast Off 3/4; Center 4 Extend The Tag as Others Step Ahead to end in Parallel 3 & 1 Lines.

Open Up The Column [C3A] (Lee Kopman): From Columns. #1 dancer Trail Off & Roll as #2 dancer Circulate, Peel Off & Roll as #3 and #4 dancers Circulate; Centers Cast Off 3/4; all Extend. Ends in Parallel Waves.

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