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From a Couple.
Left-hands joined in front, the left-side dancer (the Beau)
places his/her right-hand behind the other dancer's back.
The right-side dancer (the Belle) places her/his right-hand
in the small of his/her back to join the other dancer's right-hand.
As a couple turn to the left 1/2 way (Beau 'pushing'
the Belle) to face in.
Technically, Courtesy Turn and most other square dance calls
are gender-neutral (i.e., not sex-dependent). As such, calls that
start from couple formations will often be described in terms of
Beaus and Belles.
| From a couple... |
| || the Beau is the left-side dancer (the Boy's normal position); |
| || the Belle is the right-side dancer (the Girl's normal position). |
In practice, Courtesy Turn is almost always called from
positions where the Boy turns the Girl.
Courtesy Turn can also be called from positions other than a Couple.
For example, the Girls could be turning a right-hand star, and the caller
could say Boys (reach in and) Courtesy Turn Your Original Corner.
In this case, the turn itself is more than 180°. Turn whatever
amount is necessary to end facing toward the center of the set.
Boys Courtesy Turn The Girls
Courtesy Turn is used as part of many other calls, including:
- Two Ladies Chain
- Four Ladies Chain
- Right & Left Thru
- Chain Down The Line
- Brace Thru
- and more...LINK EM, OF COURSE!