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Old or unusual square dance calls found in singing calls.

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  1. Ah So
  2. Ah So Walk
  3. All 4 Couples Suzy Q
  4. All 8 Rollaway With A Half Sashay
  5. All Eight Chain
  6. Allemande Whee
  7. Barge Thru
  8. Boomerang
  9. Break And Trail
  10. Catch All Eight
  11. Chase And Hinge
  12. Circle To A Two-Faced Line
  13. Clover Flow
  14. Connect Four
  15. Criss Cross Thru
  16. Cross Your Corner
  17. Curl The Line
  18. Curl To A Wave
  19. Curli-Cross
  20. Curlique
  21. Daisy Chain
  22. Dixie Chain
  23. Dixie Daisy
  24. Dixie Derby
  25. Dixie Twirl
  26. Dixie Wheel
  27. Double The Gnat
  28. Ends Turn In
  29. Everybody Chain
  30. Ferris Recycle
  31. Ferris Trade And Wheel
  32. Flare The Star
  33. Flutter The Line
  34. Fold The Line
  35. Frontier Whirl
  36. Grand Circle
  37. Grand Parade
  38. Grand Prowl
  39. Grand Q
  40. Grand Right 8
  41. Grand Sashay
  42. Grand Slide
  43. Grand Spin
  44. Grand Sweep
  45. Grand Track
  46. Grand Weave
  47. Hinge And Flutter
  48. Hinge And Trade
  49. Ice Cold
  50. Inside Arch, Outside Under
 
  1. Inside Out, Outside In
  2. Ladies Center Back To The Bar
  3. Lines Divide
  4. Lines Pair In | Out
  5. Lines Trade
  6. Loop The Loop
  7. Make Me A Column
  8. On To The Next
  9. Pair Off
  10. Rainbow Stroll
  11. Recall
  12. Red Hot
  13. Release Recycle
  14. Release The Column
  15. Resashay
  16. Reverse The Pass
  17. Right Hand High, Left Hand Low
  18. Rip And Snort
  19. Round Off
  20. Sashay Around Your Corner
  21. Sashay Thru
  22. Shuffle The Deck
  23. Slide Away
  24. Snapperoo
  25. Spin Tag The Deucey (direction)
  26. Spin The Wheel
  27. Split Square Thru
  28. Split Your Corners
  29. Spread The Star
  30. Square The Barge
  31. Star The Route
  32. Star The Square
  33. Star Track
  34. Star Twirl
  35. Stroll And Cycle
  36. Substitute
  37. Suzy Q
  38. Swat (Box) The Flea
  39. Swing Back
  40. Swing Star Thru
  41. Tea Party Promenade
  42. Throw In The Clutch
  43. Track And Trade
  44. Track To A Diamond
  45. Trade Sashay
  46. Trail Thru
  47. Triple Allemande
  48. Turn And Left Thru
  49. Turn Your Corner Under
  50. Twist The Line

 Ah So  -  C1 

Definition:

From a Wave.

Ends hold onto adjacent dancers and do a Cross Fold.

Ends in a Mini-Wave Box.

Lee Kopman 1976

Ah So

ID: 23  (handle=126)
  
  
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 Ah So Walk 

Definition:

From a Squared Set.

Heads Pass The Ocean, Ah So, Walk & Dodge, Step Forward, then California Twirl
Sides Face, Backup 3 steps, turn 1/4 in, move forward, Dosado, then Star Thru

Repeat so that original Heads do the Sides' part and vice versa.

Ends in a Squared Set.

Comments and Examples:

Each iteration takes 16 beats.

1976

ID: 111
  
  
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 All 4 Couples Suzy Q 

Definition:

From a Squared Set.

Pass corner right shoulders, Right Turn Thru with opposite;
Pass corner left shoulders, Left Turn Thru with partner;
Pass corner right shoulders, Right Turn Thru with opposite;
Pass corner left shoulders, left to partner for a Courtesy Turn.

Ends in a Squared Set.

Comments and Examples:

From a normal squared set, when passing the corner,
Men always pass on the outside, Ladies on the inside.

The Courtesy Turn may be replaced with another call
such as Roll Promenade or Do Paso.

Also known as All Eight Suzy-Q.

ID: 1
  
  
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 All 8 Rollaway With A Half Sashay 

Definition:

From A Mini-Wave.

Trade then U-Turn Back.

Ends in an opposite-handed Mini-Wave.

ID: 2307
  
  
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 All Eight Chain 

Definition:

From a Circle or Squared Set.

Face your Corner; Right Pull By; (Left to the next for a) Courtesy Turn.

Ends in a Squared Set.

Also known as Chain All Eight.

Comments and Examples:

Similar to the C2 call Grand Chain Eight.

Cleo Harden 1955

ID: 53
  
  
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 Allemande Whee 

Definition:

From Right and Left Grand formation.

Go forward two (right pull by, left turn thru);
turn back three (right pull by, left pull by, right turn thru);
then do as directed.

Phil Monroe

ID: 79
  
  
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 Barge Thru  -  C4 

Definition:

From Facing Lines (or R-H Tidal Wave).

1/2 Square Thru; Trade By.

Ends in an Eight Chain Thru Formation.

Manny Amor

Barge Thru

ID: 3  (handle=155)
  
  
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 Boomerang  -  C3B 

Definition:

From Tandem Couples.

Leaders Zoom as Trailers Step Forward & Partner Trade.

Ends in Facing Couples.

Vince Spillane 1969

Boomerang

ID: 25  (handle=170)
  
  
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 Break And Trail 

Definition:

From a moving Circle.

Release hands and Promenade Single File in same direction.

ID: 96
  
  
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 Catch All Eight 

Definition:

From Facing Dancers or a Right-Hand Mini-Wave.

Right Arm Turn 1/2;
U-Turn Back while clapping hands;
Left Arm Turn full around (or as directed).

ID: 32
  
  
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 Chase And Hinge 

Definition:

From Back-to-Back Couples.

Belles U-Turn Back; Box Circulate 1 & 1/2; Centers Hinge.

Ends in a R-H Two-Faced Line.

Comments and Examples:

Equivalent to Chase The Tag Right.

ID: 204
  
  
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 Circle To A Two-Faced Line  -  C4 

Definition:

From Facing Couples.

  1. Circle Left 1/2;
  2. Veer Left.

Ends in a Right-Hand Two-Faced Line.

Comments and Examples:

An optional fraction can be given, for example, Circle 1/4 (or 3/4) To A Two-Faced Line, in which case you Circle Left the given fraction, then Veer Left.

1970

Circle (fract) To A Two-Faced Line

ID: 52  (handle=237)
  
  
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 Clover Flow  -  C4 

Definition:

From Trade By Formation.

  1. Outsides Cloverleaf as Centers Pass Thru;
  2. Out-facers Cloverleaf as Others Pass Thru.

Ends in an Eight Chain Thru Formation.

Comments and Examples:

Same as Clover And Pass Thru; Clover And Pass Thru.

Bill Davis 1973

Cloverflo

ID: 35  (handle=250)
  
  
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 Connect Four 

Definition:

From Mini-Wave Columns.

#2 dancers Veer out and ahead (Press Out) to connect with #1 dancers and Wheel & Deal; #3 & #4 dancers Column Circulate then Walk & Dodge.

Ends in an Eight Chain Thru formation.

Comments and Examples:

Similar to the C4-call, Walk The Plank.

Phil Kozlowski 1986

ID: 4995
  
  
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 Criss Cross Thru 

Definition:

From Facing Couples.

Designated Couple (or Centers, if starting from an Eight Chain Thru) as one movement, Half Sashay and Split the Non-Designated Couple.

Ends in Back-to-Back Couples.

ID: 103
  
  
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 Cross Your Corner 

Definition:

From a Squared Set.

Designated couples separate, go around the outside, pass opposite and face the back of a non-designated dancer.

Ends in Starting Double Pass Thru formation.

Comments and Examples:

Heads Cross Your Corners is a Heads Separate, meet and Slide Thru.

ID: 93
  
  
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 Curl The Line 

Definition:

From a Line.

Centers Trade as Ends Cross Fold.

A Two-Faced Line or Wave ends in a "Z"; a One-Faced Line or Invert Line ends in Facing Couples.

Comments and Examples:

According to Jay King's Handbook of Modern Square Dancing, it was Curl The Line that introduced the "Z" formation.

Known as Curl Thru at C4.

ID: 58
  
  
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 Curl To A Wave 

Definition:

From Facing Couples.

Curlique; Single Hinge.

Ends in a R-H Wave

John Shallow 1972

ID: 5589
  
  
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 Curli-Cross  -  C4 

Definition:

From Facing Couples.

  1. Curlique;
  2. Trailers diagonally left pull by.

Ends in Back-to-Back Couples.

Comments and Examples:

Curli-Cross was the basis for the A1 call anything And Cross.

Lee Kopman 1968

Curli-Cross

ID: 34  (handle=371)
  
  
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 Curlique  -  C4 

Definition:

From (opposite sex) Facing Dancers.

Place right hands forward, Men palm out,
Ladies palm in, join hands to make an arch;
exchange places, Men turn 1/4 to the right,
as Ladies turn 3/4 to the left under the arch.

Ends in a right-hand mini-wave.

Comments and Examples:

Ending position is equivalent to Touch 1/4.

Clarence Watson 1963

Curlique

ID: 7  (handle=375)
  
  
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 Daisy Chain 

Definition:

From a Right And Left Grand Formation.

Right Pull By; Left Turn Thru; Right Turn Thru;
Left Pull By; Right Turn Thru; Left Turn Thru;
Right Pull By; Left Turn Thru; Right Turn Thru;
Left Pull By; Right Turn Thru; Left Turn Thru.

Ends in a Right And Left Grand Formation.

Comments and Examples:

Daisy Chain is a Right And Left Grand but interrupted such that
dancers go forward two, back one, forward two, back one, etc.

Paul Little 1952

Daisy Chain

ID: 36  (handle=386)
  
  
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 Dixie Chain  -  C4 

Definition:

From Single Double Pass Thru formation
(or from Facing Couples, in which case the Belle goes in front).

  1. Centers right pull by;
  2. all left pull by;
  3. Centers right pull by.

Ends in a Single Completed Double Pass Thru formation.

Comments and Examples:

From Single Double Pass Thru formation,
Dixie Chain is equivalent to Double Pass Thru.

Bill Owen 1952

Dixie Chain

ID: 27  (handle=418)
  
  
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 Dixie Daisy  -  C4 

Definition:

From Single Double Pass Thru formation
(or from Facing Couples, in which case the Belle goes in front).

  1. Centers right pull by;
  2. all left turn thru;
  3. Centers right pull by.

Ends in a Single Completed Double Pass Thru formation.

Comments and Examples:

Similar to Dixie Chain but on part 2, everyone does a Left Turn Thru instead of Left Pull By.

From Single Double Pass Thru formation,
Dixie Daisy is equivalent to U-Turn Back.

Bill Shymkus 1958

Dixie Daisy

ID: 59  (handle=419)
  
  
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 Dixie Derby  -  C4 

Definition:

From Single Double Pass Thru formation
(or from Facing Couples, in which case the Belle goes in front).

  1. Dixie Style to a Wave;
  2. Centers Trade & Spread as Ends Run.

Ends in a Right-Hand Two-Faced Line.

Comments and Examples:

Traffic pattern: The 'Ends Run' has the Ends making a loop on the outside as the Centers Trade & Spread on the inside.

Dixie Derby is used at C4. It is a 2-part call.

Dixie Derby

ID: 64  (handle=420)
  
  
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 Dixie Twirl 

Definition:

From a One-Faced Line of 4.

As Couples California Twirl (Centers arch, couples trade with
each other by having the right-side couple go under the arch).

Ends in an opposite-facing One-Faced Line of 4.

Out-Facing Lines (the standard starting formation) become Facing Lines.

Roy Watkins 1959

ID: 28
  
  
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 Dixie Wheel 

Definition:

From Single Double Pass Thru formation
(or from Facing Couples, in which case the Belle goes in front).

Centers Right Pull By;
all Left Pull By;
Centers Right Arm Turn full around then Step Thru.

Ends in a Completed Double Pass Thru.

Comments and Examples:

Similar to Dixie Chain except that the trailers (Beaus) do a full 360° turn instead of a final right pull by.

Ralph Kinnane 1960

ID: 81
  
  
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 Double The Gnat 

Definition:

From (opposite sex) Facing Dancers.

Box The Gnat Twice.

Ends in Facing Dancers.

Comments and Examples:

A zero.

"Meet your girl and Double the Gnat. You box it over and box it back."

ID: 47
  
  
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 Ends Turn In 

Definition:

From a Line of 4.

Centers make an arch as Ends Fold; Dive Thru.

Ends in a 2x2 or "Z".

Back-to-Back Lines (the standard starting formation) ends in a Starting Double Pass Thru formation.

Comments and Examples:

Often called as "Centers Arch, Ends Turn In".

Ed Gilmore 1952

ID: 50
  
  
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 Everybody Chain 

Definition:

From a squared set.

Original Head Man face right, Original Side Man face left and Men diagonal pull by as Four Ladies R-H Star 1/2; Men courtesy turn Lady.

Repeat for a total of 4 times.

Comments and Examples:

Everybody ends at starting position.

Original Head Men progress 4 spots to their right (counter clockwise), as Original Side Men progress 4 spots to their left (clockwise).

Bob Gray 1964

ID: 5128
  
  
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 Ferris Recycle 

Definition:

From Parallel Waves.

Start a Recycle, but finish like a Ferris Wheel.

Ends in Starting Double Pass Thru formation.

Comments and Examples:

Same as Stretch Recycle.

ID: 37
  
  
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 Ferris Trade And Wheel  -  C4 

Definition:

From Parallel Two-Faced Lines.

Leaders Wheel & Deal as Trailers 1/2 Circulate, Very Centers Trade, then Wheel & Deal.

Ends in Starting Double Pass Thru.

Ron Schneider 1975

Ferris Trade & Wheel

ID: 1633  (handle=485)
  
  
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 Flare The Star  -  C4 

Definition:

From Facing Couples.

Right-hand star, original Beaus 1/2 way across
and flip away (a left 3/4 turn) as original Belles star one full turn;
original Beaus Courtesy Turn the original Belles

Ends in Facing Couples.

Comments and Examples:

The ending position is equivalent to Flutter Wheel.

Ted Frye 1971

Flare The Star

ID: 46  (handle=496)
  
  
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 Flutter The Line 

Definition:

From a Right-Hand Two-Faced Line.

Centers Trade; Couples Trade; Bend The Line.

Ends in Facing Couples.

Comments and Examples:

Flutter The Line is to Flutter Wheel
as Chain Down The Line is to Ladies Chain.

Chuck Bryant 1972

Flutter The Line

ID: 54  (handle=2066)
  
  
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 Fold The Line 

Definition:

Same as Ends Fold.

ID: 60
  
  
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 Frontier Whirl 

Definition:

Same as California Twirl.

Comments and Examples:

Also known as Frontier Twirl.

Bruce Johnson 1957

ID: 29
  
  
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 Grand Circle 

Definition:

From a squared set.

  1. Four ladies Lead Right;
  2. Single Circle (left) to a Wave;
  3. Men Run;
  4. All Circle Left 1/4.

Repeat three more times to end at home.

Jack Berg

ID: 7608
  
  
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 Grand Parade 

Definition:

From a normal Squared Set.

Heads move in and right arm turn 1/2 with opposite;
Head Men left arm turn 3/4 as Head Lady step forward as
Side Lady veer right to become a partner with the Head Men as
Side Men courtesy turn Head Ladies;
all Promenade 1/2.

Ends in a Squared Set.

Repeat the above movement for a total of 4 times
(twice for Heads to the center, then twice for Sides to the center).

Comments and Examples:

Grand Parade is a zero - everyone ends where they started.

Mort Simpson 1974

Grand Parade

ID: 5  (handle=542)
  
  
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 Grand Prowl 

Definition:

(verbatim from Jay King's The Handbook of Modern Square Dancing)

Heads Part: Walk forward four steps and face the side position. Walk to the side position in two steps then California Twirl and turn back on partner. Walk away from each other four steps and face the head position. Walk forward to the head position and Star Thru with the girl coming at you.

Sides Part: From a starting position back to back with partners. Walk away from each other four steps and turn to face the head position. Walk to the head position and Star Thru with the girl coming at you. Walk four steps into the middle and face the side position. Walk out to the side position in two steps to California Twirl and turn back on partner.

All go through the sequence twice to return everyone to home position.

Frank Lane 1959

ID: 1635
  
  
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 Grand Q 

Definition:

From Squared Set.

Face partner;
Dosado; Curlique; Girls Left Star 3/4 as
Boys Wrong Way Promenade 1/4 to face Partner;
Dosado; Curlique; Boys Left Star 3/4 as
Girls Wrong Way Promenade 1/4 to face Partner.

Repeat the above and end at home.

Ross Crispino 1976

ID: 38
  
  
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 Grand Right 8 

Definition:

Same as Right & Left Grand.

ID: 75
  
  
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 Grand Sashay 

Definition:

From a Right And Left Grand Formation (e.g., after Allemande Left).

Dosado, right pull by;
Seesaw, left pull by;
Dosado, right pull by;
Seesaw, left pull by.

Ends in a Right And Left Grand Formation.

Comments and Examples:

Same as Right And Left Grand except that a
Dosado or Seesaw (left-shoulder Dosado)
is inserted before each pull by.

The Burleson's definition says to bow before each pull by.

Rickey Holden 1949

ID: 8
  
  
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 Grand Slide 

Definition:

Same as Grand Square except that dancers do not
change their facing direction during the call.

Comments and Examples:

A Stable Grand Square.

Chip Hendrickson 1967

ID: 39
  
  
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 Grand Spin 

Definition:

From a normal Squared Set.

Heads:
Move forward and Slide Thru; Spin The Top; blending
into a Star Thru; walk forward and California Twirl.

Sides:
Face partner; back up 3 steps as in Grand Square;
Face in, walk forward, and dosado (to face); then
Star Thru.

Repeat the above movement with new Heads and Sides.

Ends in a Squared Set.

Ross Crispino 1967

ID: 6
  
  
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 Grand Sweep 

Definition:

From a normal Squared Set.

Heads:
Flutter Wheel, Sweep 1/4; Pass Thru; Step forward & Partner Trade.

Sides:
Face partner; back up 3 steps as in Grand Square;
Face in, walk forward, and dosado (to face); then
Star Thru.

Repeat the above movement with new Heads and Sides.

Ends in a Squared Set.

Comments and Examples:

At completion of Grand Sweep, all dancers are halfway across the set.

Bill Martin 1971

Grand Sweep

ID: 40  (handle=2092)
  
  
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 Grand Track 

Definition:

From a Squared Set.

Heads Pass Thru & step forward;
Sides Pair Off (to end behind Heads);
Track 2; 1/2 Circulate, blending into a Star Thru.

Ends in a Squared Set.

This movement is done 4 times (Heads start, Sides start, Heads start, Sides start).

ID: 26
  
  
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 Grand Weave 

Definition:

From a Squared Set.

Girls Lead Right;
All Pass Thru;
Girls (right-face) U-Turn Back as Boys Pass Thru (using a right-hand star);
All Pass Thru;
Boys (right-face) U-Turn Back as Girls Pass Thru (using a right-hand star);
All Star Thru;
Promenade 1/4.

Repeat the above movement for a total of 4 times.

Comments and Examples:

After each 1/4, Girls are at their original home position as Boys have moved one position clockwise.

ID: 31
  
  
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 Hinge And Flutter 

Definition:

From a Right-Hand Wave.

Single Hinge, Leaders U-Turn Back, Reverse Flutter Wheel.

Ends in Facing Couples.

Hinge And Flutter

ID: 84  (handle=2065)
  
  
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 Hinge And Trade  -  C4 

Definition:

From Parallel Two-Faced Lines or Back-to-Back Lines.

Couples Hinge; Center Couples Trade; all As Couples Face In.

Ends in a Double Pass Thru Formation.

Comments and Examples:

Also known as Couples Hinge And Trade.

Single Hinge & Trade:
From a Non-T-Bone 2x2. Hinge; Centers Trade; all Roll.

Hinge & Trade

ID: 33  (handle=566)
  
  
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 Ice Cold 

Definition:

From Wrong Way Promenade (Ladies inside, Men outside).

Men pull ladies in front (like Ladies Run Left), all go to corner for Left Thru; back to partner for right arm turn full around; go to right-hand lady for Left Turn Thru.

Ends facing partner in a Wrong Way Grand Formation.

Comments and Examples:

See also Red Hot.

ID: 217
  
  
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 Inside Arch, Outside Under 

Definition:

From an Eight Chain Thru formation.

Centers make an arch and walk forward
as Ends move under and through the arch.

Ends in a Trade By formation.

Comments and Examples:

Also known as Arch And Under, in which a designated couple arches inside hands as other couple moves under and through the arch.

A precursor to Dive Thru, which is an Inside Arch Outside Under followed by New Outsides California Twirl.

ID: 88
  
  
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 Inside Out, Outside In 

Definition:

From Promenade or Wrong Way Promenade.

Centers backup as Ends walk forward (a 1/2 turn).

Ends in a Promenade or Wrong Way Promenade.

A Promenade is converted to a Wrong Way Promenade and vice-versa.

Comments and Examples:

Same as a Wheel Around (when starting from Promenade)
or a Reverse Wheel Around (when starting from Wrong Way Promenade).

Usually called from Star Promenade.

ID: 41
  
  
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 Ladies Center Back To The Bar 

Definition:

From a normal Squared Set.

Holding onto joined hands, Men lead the Ladies
into the center, Ladies turning 180 degrees to
face their partner (Ladies Fold);

Raising joined hands, Lady twirls under the arch
to return to a squared set.

Ends in a Squared Set.

Comments and Examples:

Men do a Forward And Back, while raising their right-hand,
as the Lady does a left-face twirl half on the way in,
then a left-face twirl half on the way out.

ID: 2
  
  
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 Lines Divide 

Definition:

From a Line of 4.

Turn 1/4 in place to face away from the center of the Line.

Ends in a Single Completed Double Pass Thru formation.

Comments and Examples:

Same as Divide The Line.

Bill Hansen 1958

ID: 87
  
  
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 Lines Pair In | Out 

Definition:

From a Line of 4.

Centers U-Turn Back (turning toward each other) as Ends Fold.

Ends in a 2x2 or "Z".

Lines Pair In starts from Back-to-Back Lines, and ends in a Starting Double Pass Thru formation.
Lines Pair Out starts from Facing Lines, and ends in a Completed Double Pass Thru Formation.

Comments and Examples:

Same as Pair The Line.

George Elliott 1958

ID: 86
  
  
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 Lines Trade 

Definition:

From a Two-Faced Line, Inverted Line, or Wave.

Those facing the same direction Trade with each other.

Ends in an opposite-handed setup.

Comments and Examples:

As with all Trades, pass right-shoulders.

Lines Trade is the precursor to Trade The Wave.

Holman Hudspeth 1965

ID: 89
  
  
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 Loop The Loop 

Definition:

From a Line of 4 with centers facing the same direction.

Centers Arch; Ends Run, step thru & Zoom as Centers California Twirl.

A half-sashayed one-faced line ends in Tandem Couples.

Comments and Examples:

Centers retain hands with each other throughout the call.

Vern Callahan 1965

ID: 83
  
  
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 Make Me A Column 

Definition:

From Parallel Two-Faced Lines.

Trailers:
Centers Walk as Ends Dodge; then both step forward

Leaders:
Centers Circulate as Ends Cross Fold (Cross Fire)

Ends in Columns.

Comments and Examples:

Similar to the C3B call Gee Whiz.

Make Me A Column

ID: 61  (handle=668)
  
  
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 On To The Next 

Definition:

From a Promenade position with Couples facing opposite directions,
from Back-to-Back Lines, or from other applicable formations.

As Couples, move forward to face the next couple.

From Back-to-Back Lines, On To The Next is the same as Bend The Line.

Ends in Facing Lines.

Comments and Examples:

Also known as Move Along (Make Lines).

ID: 44
  
  
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 Pair Off  -  A1 

Definition:

From a Squared Set or other applicable formation.

Designated Dancers step forward as necessary (to meet) then turn 1/4 in place away from the center of the set.

Comments and Examples:

From a Squared Set, on the call Heads Pair Off, Heads step into the middle then turn 1/4 to face their corners.

Ed Gaut 1959

Pair Off

ID: 110  (handle=721)
  
  
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 Rainbow Stroll 

Definition:

From a Squared Set.

  1. Join hands with partner, take 3 steps toward the center, on beat 4 do a U-Turn Back by turning away from partner;
  2. join hands with new partner (original corner), take 3 steps away from the center, while starting to raise joined hands, on beat 4 do a California Twirl;
Everyone is now with their corner, in a squared set (rotated by 45°).

Repeat 1 and 2, for a total of 4 times, to end with original partner, halfway across the set.

Comments and Examples:

Rainbow Stroll is like Grand Square: dancers need to dance to the beat and not rush it.

George Waudby 1961

ID: 55
  
  
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 Recall 

Definition:

From a 1/4 Tag.

Centers do a "long" Recycle (to end on the outside),
as Outsides move in, Step to a Wave, and Recycle.

Ends in a Starting Double Pass Thru formation.

ID: 95
  
  
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 Red Hot 

Definition:

From Promenade.

Ladies cross to the left in front of partner and go to the man behind.
All right arm turn half;
go to the corner spot (original partner) for a left arm turn full around;
go to the new corner spot (original corner) for a right arm turn half;
and back home to partner to take the next call.

"Promenade with the girl you've got, pull the girls to the middle and you go Red Hot
(Right hand lady with a right hand around, partners all with a left hand around,
full turn to the left hand lady with a right hand around,
back to partner with a left hand around and roll promenade around the town)."

Red Hot doesn't have to be called from a Promenade. For example,

  • From a thar formation (men in center) with partner you can "Shoot that Star and go Red Hot".
  • From a circle of eight you can "Whirl 'em Away and go Red Hot".
  • From a squared set, you can have the "Men Star Left, Pass your Girl and go Red Hot".

Comments and Examples:

Definition is somewhat verbatim from
"The Handbook Of Modern Square Dancing",
compiled and arrranged by Jay King.

The sister call is named Ice Cold:
From Wrong Way Promenade (Ladies inside, Men outside).
Men pull ladies in front (like Ladies Run Left), all go to corner for Left Thru;
back to partner for right arm turn full around;
go to right-hand lady for Left Turn Thru.
Ends facing partner in a Wrong Way Grand Formation.

ID: 20
  
  
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 Release Recycle  -  C3A 

Definition:

From a 1/4 Tag.

End of Center Wave Step Forward as unapproached Outside Dancer Veer Out to hook onto Very Centers; (Outsides work with Phantoms:) all Recycle.

Ends in a Starting Double Pass Thru formation.

Dick Kenyon 1980

Release (anything)

ID: 102  (handle=811)
  
  
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 Release The Column 

Definition:

From Mini-Wave Columns.

#2 and #4 veer out to hook onto lead dancers (Press Out);
all Ferris Wheel.

Ends in a Starting Double Pass Thru Formation.

Comments and Examples:

Release The Column was the basis for the C3A call Release anything.

Release The Column

ID: 11  (handle=812)
  
  
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 Resashay 

Definition:

From a (Half-Sashayed) Couple.

Do the mirror image of a Half Sashay. That is, dancers exchange places by having the right-side dancer (usually a Boy) sidestep to the left behind the left-side dancer, who sidesteps to the right.

Ends in a (normal) Couple.

Comments and Examples:

Usually called soon after a Half Sashay.

ID: 112
  
  
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 Reverse The Pass  -  C3B 

Definition:

From Tandem Couples. Leaders Trade; all Pass Thru; Original Trailers Trade. Ends in Tandem Couples.

Carl Rund 1972

Reverse The Pass (fract)

ID: 7640  (handle=856)
  
  
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 Right Hand High, Left Hand Low 

Definition:

From a One-Faced Line of 3.

Center dancer and right-side dancer make an arch; Center dancer leads left-side dancer under the arch to the right-side, while leading right-side to the left-side.

Ends in a Wave of 3.

From a Line of 4, the Center Couple acts as one person.

Comments and Examples:

Equivalent to Ends Trade.

Retain hands throughout the call.

Also known as Bow Knot and Tie The Knot.

ID: 101
  
  
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 Rip And Snort 

Definition:

From a Circle (usually moving) (with hands joined).

The designated couple (couple #1, couple #2, tallest couple, sexiest couple, etc.) will lead through an arch formed by the couple across from them. After going through the arch, the lead couple will let go of inside hands and separate while everyone else retains hold of hands. The lead couple pulls all the others with them through the arch and the arching couple turns under their own arms without letting go. All join hands again in the original circle.


Rip And Snort can also be called from a circle of four to end in a line of four. The actives will move out to becomes ends of these lines. For example, see Wild Over You, Mac Gregor 8745

Comments and Examples:

Parts of this definition were taken (almost verbatim) from "The Handbook of Modern Square Dancing" by Jay King, and from "Burlesons".

ID: 56
  
  
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 Round Off  -  C4 

Definition:

From Parallel Lines (usually Back-to-Back Lines).

Face Out; In Tandem U-Turn Back (toward the center of the set).

Ends in a Double Pass Thru formation.

Note: The Tandem U-Turn Back is done using a wide loop as in Cloverleaf.

Comments and Examples:

This call was on the C1 list many years ago.

Manny Amor 1966

Round Off

ID: 51  (handle=889)
  
  
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 Sashay Around Your Corner 

Definition:

Similar to Walk Around The Corner except that dancers use a
sidestepping movement without changing their facing direction.

ID: 42
  
  
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 Sashay Thru  -  C4 

Definition:

From Facing Couples (or a Right-Hand Wave).

3/4 Dosado; Centers slide nose-to-nose past each other (Slither).

Ends in a Left-Hand Two-Faced Line.

Comments and Examples:

From Facing Couples, Sashay Thru is equivalent to Veer Right.

If starting from a R-H Wave, finish the 3/4 DoSaDo (to end in a L-H Wave), then Slither.

Del Coolman 1969

Sashay Thru

ID: 9  (handle=897)
  
  
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 Shuffle The Deck  -  C4 

Definition:

From a One-Faced Line.

Couple on the right slides in front,
as couple of the left slides behind.

Ends in Tandem Couples.

Comments and Examples:

Alternative definition: As Couples 1/2 of a Half Sashay.

Ed Gaut 1958

Shuffle The Deck

ID: 92  (handle=946)
  
  
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 Slide Away 

Definition:

From Parallel Waves, Two-Faced Lines or other applicable formations.

Centers Slither as Ends Circulate.

Parallel Lines end in Parallel Lines.

Bill Davis 1971

ID: 91
  
  
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 Snapperoo 

Definition:

Same as Star Thru.

ID: 16
  
  
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 Spin Tag The Deucey (direction)  -  C4 

Definition:

From Parallel Waves or Eight Chain Thru.

  1. Arm Turn 1/2;
  2. Centers Arm Turn 3/4 as Spread Apart (as if to temporarily become Very Ends and Very Centers of a Tidal formation);
  3. Ends Face In and Pass Thru (Partner Tag) with each other (going through the Centers) as the Very Centers Trade;
  4. Center 4 slide back together and Cast Off 3/4 as Ends 1/4 Right (or the given direction) and Circulate.

Ends in Parallel Lines. From Parallel R-H Waves, Spin Tag The Deucey (Right) ends in Parallel R-H Waves.

Chuck Besson 1973

Spin Tag The Deucey (dir)

ID: 5798  (handle=1017)
  
  
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 Spin The Wheel  -  C4 

Definition:

Note: two different definitions

  1. From Parallel Two-Faced Lines, Facing Lines, or Back-to-Back Lines.
    Couples Hinge; Triple Trade; Couples Hinge.
    Ends in Parallel Two-Faced Lines.
  2. From Facing Lines.
    Centers Right & Left as Ends Pass Thru, move along (Ends Bend) & Star Thru.
    Ends in Starting Double Pass Thru or Trade By formation.

Comments and Examples:

The first definition (Couples Hinge, Triple Trade, Couples Hinge) is in use today at C4.

Spin A Wheel

ID: 82  (handle=1007)
  
  
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 Split Square Thru  -  A1 

Definition:

From an applicable T-Bone 2 x 2, or other applicable formations.

Those who can Right Pull By and turn 1/4 to face the inactives (1/4 In); all Finish a Square Thru n (i.e., Left Square Thru n - 1).

Ends in Back-to-Back Couples.

Clarence Watson 1968

Split Square Thru (n)

ID: 5799  (handle=1047)
  
  
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 Split Your Corners 

Definition:

From a Squared Set.

Designated Couples move into the middle, turn 1/4 to face out (face their corner), then Split the Outside Couple.

Comments and Examples:

Same as Designated dancers Pair Off, then Split the Outsides.

ID: 104
  
  
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 Spread The Star 

Definition:

From a Thar or a Promenade.

While still holding hands, Ends and adjacent Centers slide away from each other, to arm's length.

ID: 85
  
  
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 Square The Barge  -  C4 

Definition:

From Facing Lines.

  1. Square Thru 4;
  2. Trade By.

Ends in an Eight Chain Thru.

Comments and Examples:

Square The Barge 3/4 is a Square Thru 3/4 and Trade By.

Deuce Williams 1968

Square The Barge

ID: 45  (handle=1061)
  
  
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 Star The Route 

Definition:

Heads Star The Route:

From a Squared Set.

Heads Star Right 3/4 (to face original couple on their right);
All Star Left one full turn;
Heads Star Right 1/2 (to face original couple on their left);
All Star Left one full turn;
Heads Star Right 3/4 to end at home position.

Ends in a Squared Set.

Comments and Examples:

The "Star Left one full turn" stars are mixed sex stars
(i.e., two boys together and two girls together).

Star The Route

ID: 30  (handle=2075)
  
  
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 Star The Square 

Definition:

From Facing Couples.

Right-hand star 1/2 way to end in facing couples
(equivalent to circle left 1/2);
1/2 Square Thru.

Ends in Back-to-Back Couples.

Comments and Examples:

Equivalent to Square Thru.

Ted Wegener 1969

ID: 48
  
  
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 Star Track 

Definition:

From a Static Square.

Heads Star Thru, all Double Pass Thru, start a Track Two, but when you meet your partner, all Star Thru.

Repeat for a total of 4 times, alternate starting with the heads, then the sides, then the heads, then the sides.

ID: 203
  
  
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 Star Twirl 

Definition:

From (opposite sex) Facing Dancers.

Star Thru; California Twirl.

Ends in a Couple.

Pete Peters pre 1964

Star Twirl

ID: 12  (handle=1996)
  
  
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 Stroll And Cycle  -  C4 

Definition:

From a 1/4 Line.

Very Centers Trade; End of center line Press Ahead and Recycle
with outside dancer as unapproached outside dancer Press Out
(to become the end of the center line); As Couples Extend.

Ends in Parallel Two-Faced Lines.

Stroll & Cycle

ID: 17  (handle=1098)
  
  
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 Substitute  -  C1 

Definition:

From Tandem Couples.

Lead Couple make an arch and backover Trailing Couple
as Trailing Couple moves under and through the arch.

Ends in Tandem Couples.

Comments and Examples:

From other formations (e.g., Eight Chain Thru, 1/4 Box),
Centers arch and move over Outsides who move into the middle.

Clarence Watson 1961

Substitute

ID: 90  (handle=1102)
  
  
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 Suzy Q 

Definition:

From Facing Couples.

Turn Thru;
1/4 In and Left Turn Thru;
1/4 In and Turn Thru;
1/4 In and Left Arm Turn to a Courtesy Turn.

Ends in Facing Couples.

Comments and Examples:

Suzy Q is a zero - everyone ends where they started.

1/2 of a Suzy Q is a Turn And Q (Turn Thru; 1/4 In; Left Turn Thru).

Jim York 1949

ID: 4
  
  
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 Swat (Box) The Flea  -  C4 

Definition:

From (opposite sex) Facing Dancers.

Join left hands (cupped grip); exchange places by
making an arch, Lady does a right face 1/2 turn under
the arch as the Man does a left face 1/2 turn.

Ends in Facing Dancers.

Comments and Examples:

Swat The Flea is the mirror image of Box The Gnat.

Swat The Flea

ID: 21  (handle=1109)
  
  
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 Swing Back  -  C4 

Definition:

From a Wave.

  1. Arm Turn 1/2;
  2. Centers Arm Turn one full turn.

Ends in a Wave.

Comments and Examples:

From Facing Couples, first step to a right-hand wave.

Swing Back

ID: 49  (handle=1118)
  
  
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 Swing Star Thru 

Definition:

From a Right-Hand Wave (Boys as Ends, Girls as Centers),
or from Normal Facing Couples.

Swing Thru, blending into a Star Thru (Swing Thru, rear back, then Star Thru).

Ends in Facing Couples.

Doug Rieck 1964

ID: 57
  
  
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 Tea Party Promenade 

Definition:

From Squared Set.

Head Ladies Chain 3/4 as Head Man Promenade 1/4
then (Heads) Courtesy Turn original partner as
Sides around the outside Veer Right (to the next Head position)
and (push) Cast Right 3/4.

Repeat for a total of 4 times.

Comments and Examples:

32 beats

Nate Bliss 1972

ID: 80
  
  
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 Throw In The Clutch 

Definition:

From a Thar or Wrong Way Thar.

Drop joined hands with adjacent dancer (but keep the center star intact);
Walk forward in a circle at least until you meet the same person again.

Comments and Examples:

Also known as Throw The Clutch In Low.

Throw In The Clutch is typically used with directional calling.
The caller indicates how far to go and whom to meet for the next call.
E.g., second time you meet your partner (or corner)...

Fenton "Jonesy" Jones 1949

ID: 10
  
  
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 Track And Trade  -  C4 

Definition:

From Mini-Wave Columns.

#1 and #2 Track 2 (promenade single file 1/2 way around the other column);
#3 and #4 Circulate (straight ahead) and Trade.

Ends in Parallel Two-Faced Lines.

Comments and Examples:

Track And anything:
1/2 Cross Invert The Column; do the anything call.

Track And (anything)

ID: 13  (handle=1173)
  
  
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 Track To A Diamond 

Definition:

From Columns.

First Two do a Track 2, as Last Two Circulate and Cast Off 3/4.

Ends in Twin Diamonds.

ID: 4993
  
  
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 Trade Sashay 

Definition:

From a Wave.

Ends Trade as Centers Slither; all Partner Trade.

Ends in a Two-Faced Line.

Howard McCreery 1971

ID: 202
  
  
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 Trail Thru 

Definition:

Same as Cross Trail Thru.

ID: 62
  
  
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 Triple Allemande 

Definition:

From Circle or Squared Set.

Allemande Left;
Ladies Star Right as Men Promenade outside;
Meet same corner, Left Arm Turn 1/2;
Men Star Right as Ladies Promenade outside;
Allemande Left.

Comments and Examples:

Same as Face Corner; All 8 Left Spin The Top Twice; then Allemande Left.

Vera Hollefleur 1945

ID: 113
  
  
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 Turn And Left Thru  -  C4 

Definition:

From Facing Couples or a Right-Hand Wave.

  1. Turn Thru;
  2. Courtesy Turn.

Ends in Facing Couples.

Comments and Examples:

Usually called from half-sashayed couples to end normal.

Turn And Left Thru was on the Plus list many years ago.

Turn & Left Thru

ID: 14  (handle=1237)
  
  
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 Turn Your Corner Under 

Definition:

From a half-sashayed couple, or from a circle (men work with
the lady on their left).

Raise joined hands (man's left, lady's right);
Walk forward to exchange places, turning 180 degrees,
lady going under the arch.

Comments and Examples:

Turn Your Corner Under is the mirror image of California Twirl.

Turn Your Corner Under

ID: 43  (handle=2062)
  
  
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 Twist The Line  -  C1 

Definition:

From a Line of 4 where the Ends are opposite sex.

Centers step forward and Partner Trade as
Ends face toward the center of the line, step forward, and Star Thru.

A Half-Sashayed One-Faced Line of 4 ends in Facing Couples.

Don Browne 1962

Twist The Line

ID: 65  (handle=1255)
  
  
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