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Criss Cross The Shadow -- [C2]
   (Ross Howell 1974)

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From Parallel Lines with the Ends in Tandem or from Promenade (in which case, the designated dancers act as Leaders in Parallel Two-Faced Lines).

As one movement, 1/2 Zoom & Slide, then Cast Off 3/4 and Spread;

Out-Facing Centers:
Cloverleaf and Slither;

In-Facing Centers:
(Concentric) Cross Extend, Hinge, and Extend.

Adjust as necessary to end in Parallel Lines.

  • The Ends and the In-Facing Centers can think of Criss Cross The Shadow as a Cast A Shadow But Use The Wrong Hand!
  • If you are an In-Facing Center, only use one hand for the Cross Extend & Hinge. Frequently, overly-excited dancers step forward, join both hands, whoop and kick, and then forget which way to turn and consequently have no idea where they belong.
  • If you are an Out-Facing Center, do the Crossing action at the end of the call (i.e., do a Cloverleaf and Slither, not a Cross Cloverleaf).
  • From Parallel Waves, dancers frequently try to do a Criss Cross Your Neighbor [C2] instead of a Criss Cross The Shadow! Wait until you hear the full name of the call before you start moving.
  • If all 4 Centers are facing in they do a Pass Out.

Criss Cross The Shadow

Hint: When Criss Cross The Shadow is called from Promenade, the designated Couple (Leaders) should keep Promenading until they are squared off to a wall and then Step Ahead as the others bend in behind them to form Parallel Two-Faced Lines, then everyone Criss Cross The Shadow. Executing the call in this manner guarantees that the ending formation (Parallel Waves) is squared off to the walls.

Relay The Shadow anyone Criss Cross [C2V]: From Facing Lines or a Tidal Wave. Do a Relay The Shadow, but those doing the Center's part of Cast A Shadow (the anyone dancers) do the Center's part of Criss Cross The Shadow [C2] instead. Ends in Parallel Two-Faced Lines.

Criss Cross Shadow The Column [C4]: From Columns. #1 and #3 dancers act as Ends while #2 and #4 dancers act as Centers of Parallel Two-Faced Lines, and all Criss Cross The Shadow.

Cast A Shadow [A1] (Lee Kopman 1973): From Parallel Lines with the Ends in Tandem or from Promenade (in which case, the designated dancers act as Leaders in Parallel Two-Faced Lines). Ends 1/2 Zoom, Cast Off 3/4 and Spread as Out-Facing Centers Cloverleaf as In-Facing Centers Extend, Hinge, & Extend. Adjust as necessary to end in Parallel Lines.

Variation:Ends Criss Cross The Shadow But Don't Spread.

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23-April-2021 04:14:07
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