Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
Butterfly Formation [C1]
 
 

A Butterfly consists of dancers occupying the following spots in a 4 x 4 Matrix:

Butterfly FORMATION

 
 
From here... imagine you are here.

A Butterfly is considered to be distorted Columns, as if the outside dancers slid apart from normal Columns.

   
before
Butterfly Circulate
 imagine you are here after
 
before
Butterfly
Checkmate The Column
 after

Traffic pattern: For simple calls (such as Circulate, Walk & Dodge, etc.) move directly to your ending footprints. For more complex calls, start the call working distorted, blend into a normal setup, complete the call normally, and then have the resulting Ends move away from the Center in order to re-establish the Butterfly footprints.

Sometimes the caller may wish you to start the call in your Butterfly but finish in a normal setup. In these cases the caller will put a suffix such as 'To Normal Waves', 'To A Line', 'To Columns', etc. (e.g., Butterfly Transfer The Column To Normal Waves).

Note: A Butterfly can also be T-Bone in which case you do your part working within your set of distorted Columns.

   
From here... imagine you are here... ... or here.
 
before
Butterfly
Split Counter Rotate 1/4
 after

Mini-Butterfly [C1V]: A Mini-Butterfly is a 6-dancer Butterfly. E.g., from an Hourglass Ignore the points of the Center Diamond.

Mini-Butterfly FORMATION

 
 
Mini-Butterfly think of working here

Big Block CONCEPT [C3A]: From applicable 4 x 4 Matrix formations such as Interlocked Blocks, a Butterfly, or an "O". Do the call working in distorted Parallel Lines.

"X" CONCEPT [C4] (Jim Davis): An "X" occupies the same footprints as a Butterfly but is considered to be two diagonal Columns which cross over each other in the middle. An "X" Circulate is the same as a Butterfly Circulate, except that the #3 dancers (in-facing Centers) do a Concentric Box Crossover Circulate (Jaywalk with each other).

See also "O" FORMATION [C1] and Squeeze [C1].

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