Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
 
From a Mini-Wave Box or applicable T-Bone 2 x 2.

Leaders Box Circulate twice and 1/4 In as Trailers Extend, Arm Turn 3/4, and Extend.

A Mini-Wave Box ends in a Mini-Wave Box.

From a R-H Mini-Wave Box:

 
     
before
Box Transfer
 after
Leaders start to
Split Circulate
as Trailers Extend
 after
original Leaders
complete their part
as original Trailers
Cast Off 3/4
 after
original Trailers Extend
(done)
From a L-H Mini-Wave Box:

 
 
before
Box Transfer
 after
From a T-Bone 2 x 2:

 
 
before
Box Transfer
 after

Notes:

What's the difference between Split and Box?

  • Split is appropriate when starting from an 8-dancer formation (such as Parallel Waves or Columns) in which the call is done in each Box. That is, the overall 2x4 formation is "split" into two 2x2 formations, and the call is done within each 2x2.
  • Box is appropriate when the call is done from all other formations. For example: Centers Box Transfer; As Couples Box Transfer; All Eight Box Transfer.
  • It is inappropriate for the caller to simply say "Box Transfer" from Parallel Waves or Columns and expect just the Centers to do the call. The caller should be explicit and say "Centers Box Transfer". Some callers correctly assume that "Split" means each side, but then incorrectly assume that "Box" means Centers. From Parallel Waves, if a caller said "Box Transfer", We'd expect the call to be done on each side, just like any other 4-dancer call.

Transfer The Column [A1] (Lee Kopman 1974): From Mini-Wave Columns. First Two dancers in the Column (#1 and #2) move forward in Single File around the outside of the other Column until parallel with the Center Box and then individually Face In (to end as a Couple) as the Last Two dancers (#3 and #4) Circulate (to form a Center Box) and Cast Off 3/4; all Extend. Ends in Parallel Waves.

3 By 1 Transfer The Column [C2]: From Columns. The First Three dancers Transfer (as a 3-dancer group Trail Off , then individually 1/4 In) as the #4 dancers Circulate 1 & 1/2 and Cast Off 3/4; Center 4 Extend The Tag as Others Step Ahead to end in Parallel 3 & 1 Lines.

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