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Counter Rotate {fraction} [C1]
   (Lee Kopman 1973)

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From applicable formations.

Walk forward in an arc, for a total of fraction of a circle, around the flagpole center of the set, keeping the same distance from the center of the set.

  • Counter Rotate cannot be done if a dancer is facing directly toward (or away from) the flagpole center of the set.
  • If no fraction is given, assume 1/4.
  • When starting from a symmetric setup, and everyone is active, the ending formation for Counter Rotate 1/4 is the same as the starting formation but rotated by 90°.
  • You may have to vary the distance from the center of the set to allow for square breathing if not everyone is active for the Counter Rotate.
  • You can try visualizing Counter Rotate 1/4 as if all of a sudden the formation was placed upon an empty merry-go-round, with the center of the square being the center of the merry-go-round, and somebody pushed the merry-go-round 1/4 of a circle (clockwise or counter-clockwise, whichever would cause you to move forward). Your formation would remain the same, you would still be the same distance from the Center, but your facing direction would have changed 90°. Note that some dancers might be on a merry-go-round which is turning in the opposite direction from yours.

From Parallel Waves:

Counter Rotate 1/4
From (Magic) Columns:

Counter Rotate 1/4
From an Hourglass:

Counter Rotate 1/4


This is the starting formation
for each of the following:
Counter Rotate 1/4
In Your Block Counter Rotate 1/4

Split Counter Rotate fraction [A2]: Split the formation into 2 equal sub-formations by drawing an imaginary line bisecting the long axis. Dancers in each sub-formation walk forward in an arc for a total of fraction of a circle, around the flagpole center of the sub-formation, keeping the same distance from the center of their sub-formation. From Parallel Lines or Columns work in each Box; from Diamonds work in each Diamond; from a 1 x 8 Line work in each Line.

Trade Counter Rotate [C4] (Jack Lasry 1973): From applicable formations. As one movement, Counter Rotate 1/4 & Spread.

CALLERLAB definition for Counter Rotate

Choreography for Counter Rotate fraction

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02-July-2022 10:25:12
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