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
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.
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.