- Checker Cheats are short cuts used by square dance callers when
pushing Square Dance Checkers
(also known as Choreos or Dolls) to write square dance sequences.
Checker Cheats are primarily used by callers,
hence we list the manner in which callers think about a call.
That is, a cheat may be worded in terms of higher-level
calls or a cheat may just be a description of how to manipulate
the checkers to get to the ending formation.
Each bulleted item is a cheat. For example, on the call
Alter The Wave [C1],
there are 3 different cheats listed.
Alter The Wave [C1]
- From a Wave: Centers Slither as Ends Stable Trade
- From a Wave: Single Concentric Half Sashay
- From a Wave: Swing & Mix
As a caller, I find that knowing checker cheats improves my sight calling.
I can more easily anticipate ending formations along with correct
sex arrangement, and I can extemporaneously formulate getouts.
As a challenge dancer, I find that knowing checker cheats allows me to more
easily dance complicated phantom calls. I can often determine my ending
position and the ending position of others even before the call starts.
For example, a call such as Alter & Circulate
[C2] may be disorienting to dance phantom, but
if you're a center and you know that the Center's part is equivalent to
'Centers Cross Back', then you know where you're supposed to end up.
Of course, you should not use cheats to replace either the definition or
the dance action of the call.