Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
All 8 Concept [A2]
 
 
From a Generalized Thar, Squared Set, or other applicable formation.

The 4 dancers nearest the Heads' position work together as the 4 dancers nearest the Sides' position work together. All eight dancers work simultaneously using appropriate traffic patterns.

The All 8 CONCEPT is similar to the All 4 Couples CONCEPT [A2] but is usually used from a Generalized Thar instead of from a Generalized Squared Set. Many callers use these terms interchangeably.

All 8 Swing Thru [A2] (Leland Cooper): From a Thar (or Squared Set after everyone 1/4 In). Those who can Right Arm Turn 1/2; those who can Left Arm Turn 1/2. Ends in a Thar. Some of the Arm Turns require a Star across the Center.

All 8 Swing & Mix [A2]: From a Thar or other applicable formations. Arm Turn 1/2; Centers Cross Run (Star 1/2 & Slide); New Centers Trade (Star 1/2). Ends in a Thar. This is a 3-part call.

All 8 Swing Thru
 
   
before
All 8 Swing Thru
 after
Right Arm Turn 1/2
 after
Centers Left Arm Turn 1/2
(done)

All 8 Swing & Mix:
 
     
before
All 8 Swing & Mix
 after
Arm Turn 1/2
 after
Centers Cross Run
 after
Centers Trade
(done)

All 8 Switch To A Diamond:
 
 
before
All 8 Switch To A Diamond
 after

Notes:
  • Callers often use the words 'All 8' in a strictly helpful manner (e.g., All 8 Circulate, All 8 Motivate, etc.). In these cases, the caller is making sure that everyone is active for the next call, but is not using the All 8 CONCEPT.
  • For traffic patterns, most All 8 calls use stars, whereas most All 4 Couples calls work around the outside with a 'Weave The Ring'-action.

All Eight Spin The Top [Plus]: From a Thar, a Squared Set after everyone Face In, or from other applicable formations. Arm Turn 1/2; Centers Star 3/4 as Outsides move up 1/4 of a Circle around the outside. Ends in a Thar.

See also All 4 Couples CONCEPT [A2].

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