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Appendix B of the Ceder Chest of C3. The material is copyrighted, so please treat it accordingly.

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 Tagging Calls

A Tagging Call as a call wherein a part of the call (usually the last part) feels like a Double Pass Thru.

The caller can stop the tagging action at any of the fractional Tag formations: 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4.

Several tagging calls include the word 'Tag' in their name.

Tagging Calls:

• Chase The (fraction) Tag [C3B] (Author unknown): From Back-to-Back Couples. Belles Right-face U-Turn Back as Beaus Fold; all Extend to the given fractional Tag formation. If no fraction is given, complete a full Tag The Line.
• Circle The (fraction) Tag [C4] (Vic Ceder 1990): From Facing Couples. Circle Left 1/4; Beaus 1/2 Walk as Belles 1/2 Dodge (this is Circle The 1/4 Tag); Extend to the given fractional Tag formation. If no fraction is given, complete a full Tag The Line.
• Cross Flip The Line (fraction) [C3B] (Ron Schneider 1973): From a Two-Faced Line. As one movement, Centers Cross Run and all Any Shoulder Tag The Line to the given fractional Tag formation. If no fraction is given, complete a full Tag The Line.
• Cross Loop & (fraction) Tag [C3B] (Emanuel Duming 1972): From a Mini-Wave Box or Tandem Couples. Leaders Trail off, Roll, and step forward as Trailers follow (Trail The Deal); Extend to the given fractional Tag position. If no fraction is given, complete a full Tag The Line. If starting from Tandem Couples, pass left-shoulders for the Trail Off movement.
• Dixie (fraction) Tag [C4] (Vic Ceder 2006): From Facing Couples or Single Double Pass Thru formation. From Facing Couples, put the Belle in the lead. Centers Right Pull By; all Left Touch (this is the 1/2 tag position); Extend to the given fractional tag position. If no fraction is given, complete a full tag the line. Dixie Tag starts like a Vertical Tag The Line, but finishes in a left-handed formation.
• Double Pass Thru [Basic] (Madelline Allen 1956).
• Flip The Line (fraction) [C1] (Jack Lasry 1973): From a Wave. As one movement, Centers Run and all Any Shoulder Tag The Line to the given fractional Tag formation. If no fraction is given, complete a full Tag The Line.
• Invert The Column [C2] (Ed Foote & Russ McGowan 1974): The first n dancers (those corresponding to the given fraction. E.g., from Parallel Columns of 4, n=1 for 1/4; 2 for 1/2; 3 for 3/4; 4 for full), as a Tandem unit of n, Peel Off to end in Concentric Columns of n as the Trailing dancers Extend (using Circulates) to join hands creating a compact symmetric formation. Invert The Column is not a true Tagging call since there is no Zero Tag position or 1/4 Tag position.
• Invert The (fraction) Tag [C4] (Vic Ceder): From Mini-Wave Columns. First Two Tandem U-Turn Back by turning away from the center of the set; all Extend to the given fractional Tag position, passing the shoulder that causes to First Two to move outside of the Last Two. That is, from a R-H Column, pass left shoulders, and vice versa. Invert The 1/2 Tag is the same as 1/2 Invert The Column.
• Loop & (fraction) Tag [C3B] (Emanuel Duming 1972): From a Mini-Wave Box or Tandem Couples. Leaders Peel off, Roll, and step forward as Trailers follow (Peel The Deal); Extend to the given fractional Tag position. If no fraction is given, complete a full Tag The Line.
• Pass & Roll [A2] (Lee Kopman 1972): Pass & Roll is not really a tagging call, but it is sometimes used that way. (e.g., Pass & Roll Your Neighbor, Pass & Roll Your Leader, Pass & Roll Chain Thru). The "1/2 Tag position" is after all Pass Thru; Centers Turn Thru as Ends Right-Face U-Turn Back; all Touch.
• Snap The (fraction) Tag [C4] (Lee Kopman 1974): From a Line. Partner Tag; Outsides Right-face U-Turn Back; all Extend to the given fractional Tag formation. If no fraction is given, complete a full Tag The Line.
• (fraction) Tag The Line [Mainstream] (Will Orlich 1969): From a Line. Individually Turn 1/4 Toward the Center of the Line; Extend to the given fractional Tag formation. If no fraction is given, Extend to the full Tag position.
• Tag The Star (fraction) [C4] (Bill Hamilton 1971): From Facing Couples. 1/2 Reverse Swap Around; Diamond Counter Rotate 1/2; Points Roll (this is Tag The Star 1/4); Extend to the given fractional Tag formation. If no fraction is given, complete a full Tag The Line.
• Track n [C3B] (Dick Bayer and Gus Greene 1976): From a Completed Double Pass Thru formation. Tandem Partner Trade; Extend n times (where 0 <= n <= 4).
• Vertical (fraction) Tag (The Line) [C1] (Lee Kopman 1974): From a non-T-Bone 2 x 2. Vertical; Extend to the given fractional Tag formation.

Prefixes for Tagging Calls:

• Reflected [C3B] (Clark Baker 1984): From various formations. Do the any Tagging call (or any variation of a Tagging call) to the 1/2 Tag position; Tandem Arm Turn 1/4 (i.e., Split Counter Rotate 1/4); complete the given call.
• Revert [C4] (Author unknown): From various formations. Do the any Tagging call (or any variation of a Tagging call) to the 1/2 Tag position; Arm Turn 3/4; complete the given call.

When a Tagging call is used with one of the suffixes listed below, the part of the call name shown in bold-face type indicates what would be used (i.e., the italicized part is conventionally omitted).

 Chase The Tag Double Pass Thru Snap The Tag Circle The Tag Flip The Line Tag The Line Cross Flip The Line Invert The Column Tag The Star Cross Loop & Tag Invert The Tag Track n Dixie Tag Loop & Tag Vertical Tag The Line

Suffixes for Tagging Calls: (some C4 calls have been omitted)

• any Tagging call & Scatter [C3B] (author unknown): Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; Scatter Scoot. Ends in Parallel Waves.
• any Tagging call & Spin direction [C4] (author unknown): Do the any Tagging call to the 3/4 Tag position; Centers Arm Turn 3/4 as the Outsides individually Turn 1/4 toward the given direction.
• any Tagging call Back (To A Wave) [C1] (author unknown): Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; Scoot Back.
• any Tagging call Back & Dodge [C4] (author unknown): Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; Scoot & Dodge.
• any Tagging call Chain Thru [C3A] (author unknown): Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; Scoot Chain Thru.
• any Tagging caller's Delight | Dilemma [C3A] (Lee Kopman 1971): Do the any Tagging call to the 3/4 Tag position; Delight | Dilemma.
• any Tagging call Eroo [C4] (author unknown): Do the any Tagging call to the 3/4 Tag position; Centers Cast Off 3/4 as Outsides 1/4 To The Handhold & Circulate. Ends in Parallel Two-Faced Lines.
• any Tagging call (Cross) Nuclear Reaction [C3B] (Lee Kopman 1988): Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; Scoot Back, Centers To A Wave; (Cross) Nuclear Reaction.
• any Tagging call (Cross) Reaction [C3A]: (Norm Poisson): Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; Scoot Back, Centers To A Wave; (Cross) Chain Reaction.
• any Tagging call (Cross) Reactivate [C3B]: Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; Scoot Back, Centers To A Wave; (Cross) Reactivate.
• any Tagging call The Top [C3B] (Bob Kennedy 1971 (Tag The Top)): Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; 1/2 Circulate; Center Wave Spin The Top as the Others Trade. Ends in a Tidal Wave.
• any Tagging call To A Diamond [C4]: Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; 1/2 Split | Box Circulate.
• any Tagging call Your Criss Cross Neighbor [C4]: Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; Criss Cross Your Neighbor.
• any Tagging call Your Cross Neighbor [C4]: Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; Cross Your Neighbor.
• any Tagging call Your Neighbor [C2]: Do the any Tagging call to the 1/2 Tag position; Follow Your Neighhbor.