Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
 
Dancers who are side-by-side and facing the same direction (i.e., a Couple) work together as a single dancer to do the given call.

As Couples CONCEPT
 
From here... imagine you are here.
 
From here... imagine you are here.
 
From here... imagine you are here.

Notes:

As Couples Walk & Dodge

 
 
before
As Couples Walk & Dodge
 after
As Couples Swing Thru

 
 
before
As Couples Swing Thru
 after
As Couples Wheel & Deal
(from an asymmetric starting formation)

 
 
before
As Couples Wheel & Deal
 after

More notes:

Tandem CONCEPT [C1]: A Tandem unit consists of one dancer immediately behind another. Both dancers must be facing the same direction. The two dancers work together as if they were a single dancer to do the given call. Tandem is similar to As Couples, but instead of being side-by-side, the dancers are front-to-back.

Siamese CONCEPT [C1] (Bill Davis 1979): Siamese means 'As Couples or In Tandem'. That is, the Couple dancers work As Couples, and the others work In Tandem to do the given call.

Solid CONCEPT [C2]: Designated dancers or dancers within a designated formation work as a unit (similar to As Couples or Tandem) to perform the given call.

Couple Of 3 [NOL]: A one-faced Line of 3 dancers work as a unit.

Single Concept [C3A,C3B,C4]: In the Single version of a call, each dancer executes the movement that would normally be done by a set of two dancers within the normal version of the call. For a call to have a Single version, it must be possible to group all dancers into sets of two, in which the dancers in each set are always facing the same direction thoughout the given call. The dancers in each set are usually dancing their portion of the call As Couples, In Tandem, Once Removed, or Twosome (or some combination of these concepts). You can think of Single as replacing each set of two dancers with a single dancer located exactly half-way between the two dancers. This single dancer then executes the given call always staying on a path located exactly half-way between where the two dancers would be in the normal version of the call. See also Single Wheel [A2].

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