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3/4 Tag (The Line)

From a Line of 4.

Turn 1/4 toward the center of the Line, step forward to a Single 3/4 Tag formation (Centers Pass Thru; all Pass Thru; Centers Step to a Wave).

Ends in a Right-Handed Single 3/4 Tag formation.


Acey Deucey

From Parallel Lines or other applicable formations.

Outer 4 Circulate as Center 4 Trade.


All Eight Spin The Top

From a Thar, facing circle, or other applicable formation.

  1. All Arm Turn 1/2 (to end in a Thar);
  2. Centers Star 3/4 as Outsides move up 1/4 around the outside.

Ends in a Thar.


Chase Right | Left

From Back-to-Back Couples.

Chase Right:
Belles Right-face U-Turn Back; all Box Circulate twice. Ends in a R-H Mini-Wave Box.

Chase Left:

Beaus Left-face U-Turn Back; all Box Circulate twice. Ends in a L-H Mini-Wave Box.

Coordinate

From Columns or other applicable formations.

  1. Circulate;
  2. 1/2 Circulate;
  3. Center 6 Trade;
  4. Very Centers Veer Out as Very Outsides do your part Fan The Top.

Columns end in Parallel Two-Faced Lines.


Cross Fire

From a Two-Faced Line or other applicable formation.

Ends Cross Fold as Centers Trade & Step Forward.

A Two-Faced Line ends in a Mini-Wave Box.


Cut The Diamond

From a Diamond.

Centers do your part Diamond Circulate as Points slide together & Trade (Cross Run) to end in the furthest Center position.

A normal Diamond ends in a Two-Faced Line; a Facing Diamond ends in a Wave.


Diamond Formation | Circulate

A Diamond is a 4-dancer formation that can be setup from a Line of 4 after Centers Hinge.

A Diamond consists of two Centers (those with handholds), and two Ends (also known as Points).

Diamond Formation:
 

 
Diamond Footprints   Typical facing directions

   
R-H Diamond L-H Diamond Facing Diamond

Diamond Circulate [Plus] (Dewey Berry 1972): From a Diamond. Walk forward to the next position in the Diamond while turning 90° toward the center of the Diamond. Centers become Points and vice-versa. Dancers facing along the Circulate path pass Right-Shoulders with each other.

From a R-H Diamond:
 

 
before
Diamond Circulate
 after

From a L-H Diamond:
 

 
before
Diamond Circulate
 after

From Facing Diamonds:
 

   
before
Diamond Circulate
  part-way  after

From Facing Diamonds, always pass right-shoulders.


Dixie Grand

From applicable formations.

  1. Those who can Right Pull By;
  2. all Left Pull By;
  3. All Right Pull By.

Ends in a Facing Circle (e.g., from a Squared Set after "Face Your Corner").


Explode And anything

The call Explode And anything is on two levels, Plus and A1.

  • At Plus, the starting formation is restricted to a Wave (or occasionally an Inverted Line).
  • At A1, the starting formation can be any Line of 4.

Explode [Plus]. From a Wave. As one movement, Step Thru & 1/4 In (face the dancer beside you). Ends in Facing Couples.

Explode [A1]. From a Generalized Line. As one movement, Centers Step Ahead & 1/4 In as Ends 1/4 In & Step Ahead, and all adjust as necessary to end in Facing Couples.

Explode and anything [Plus,A1]. From a Wave. Explode; then do the anything call.


Explode The Wave

From a Wave (or Inverted Line).

  1. Step Thru & 1/4 In (turn 1/4 in place toward the center of the 4-dancer formation);
  2. Right Pull By.

Ends in Back-to-Back Couples.


Extend

Extend means move up to the next fractional tag position.


Fan The Top

From a Wave, Facing Couples, or other 4-dancer applicable formation.

From Facing Couples, first Step To A Wave. Centers Arm Turn 3/4 as Ends move up 1/4 around the center of the 4-dancer formation.

A Wave or Facing Couples ends in a Wave.


Flip The Diamond

From a Diamond.

Centers do your part Diamond Circulate as Points Flip In (180°) towards the the nearest Center position.

A normal Diamond ends in a Wave; a Facing Diamond ends in a Two-Faced Line.


Follow Your Neighbor

From a Mini-Wave Box or applicable T-Bone 2 x 2.

Leaders as one movement 1/2 Box Circulate & U-Turn Back while Trailers Extend & Arm Turn 3/4.

A Mini-Wave Box ends in an opposite-handed Wave.


Grand Swing Thru

From a Wave of more than 4 dancers (e.g., a Tidal Wave), Facing Lines of 3 or more, or from other applicable formations.

  1. Those who can Right Arm Turn 1/2;
  2. those who can Left Arm Turn 1/2.

Ends in a Wave of more than 4 dancers.


Linear Cycle

From a Wave or applicable Line of 4.

  1. Hinge;
  2. Leaders Fold behind Trailers (who do not adjust);
  3. Any Shoulder Double Pass Thru;
  4. Peel Off in direction of Shoulder Pass.

Ends in Facing Couples. This is a 4-part call.


Load The Boat

From Facing Lines or other applicable formations.

Centers
1.  Pass Thru;
2.  Face Out (turn 1/4 in place away from the center of the set);
3.  Partner Trade;
4.  Pass Thru.
Ends
Walk forward (using Circulates) to Pass 3 dancers (right-shoulders) and immediately after passing the third dancer
Face In (turn 1/4 in place towards the center of the set).

Facing Lines end in an Eight Chain Thru.


Peel Off

From an applicable 2 x 2 (usually a Mini-Wave Box or Tandem Couples) or a "Z".

As one movement, Leaders flip 180° away from the center of the 4-dancer formation and step forward if necessary as the Trailers step forward if necessary and U-Turn Back by turning away from the center of the 4-dancer formation.

A Non-T-Bone starting formation always ends in a Line.


Peel The Top

From a Mini-Wave Box, from the "Z" obtained from a Wave after the Ends Fold, or from an applicable T-Bone 2 x 2.

  1. Leaders Peel Off as Trailers step ahead (to join inside hands with each other);
  2. Fan The Top.

A Mini-Wave Box or "Z" ends in a Wave.


Ping Pong Circulate

From a 1/4 Tag.

As one movement, Extend twice & new Outsides Trade (or Left-shoulder Trade if the starting formation was a L-H 1/4 Tag).

Ends in a 1/4 Tag.


Relay The Deucey

From Parallel Waves or Eight Chain Thru (in which case dancers first step to Parallel Waves).

  1. Arm Turn 1/2;
  2. Center 4 Arm Turn 3/4 as Others 1/2 Circulate;
  3. Wave Of 6 Arm Turn 1/2;
  4. Center Wave Of 4 Arm Turn 1/2 as Others (do a Big) Diamond Circulate;
  5. Wave Of 6 Arm Turn 1/2;
  6. Center Wave Of 4 Arm Turn 3/4 as Others move up.

Ends in Parallel Waves.


Roll

From any formation.

If you had turning motion on your last part of the previous call, then turn an extra 1/4 (90°) in place toward that direction. If you had turning motion on your last part of the previous call, then turn an extra 1/4 (90°) in place toward that direction.


Single Circle To A Wave

From Facing Dancers.

Join hands (in a group of 2), Circle Left 1/2 way, drop hands and Step to a Right-Hand Mini-Wave.

Ends in a Right-Hand Mini-Wave.


Spin Chain & Exchange The Gears

From Parallel Waves or Eight Chain Thru (in which case dancers first step to Parallel Waves).
  1. Arm Turn 1/2;
  2. Center 4 Cast Off 3/4 as Outsides U-Turn Back;
  3. Very Centers Trade as the Outsides slide inward to form two Stars;
  4. Turn each Star 3/4;
  5. New Very Centers walk forward around the other Star (like a figure "S") as the Others in their Star follow them in Single File;
  6. After the Leaders (#1 dancers in the Stars) have gone 3/4 around the other Star, the #1 and #3 dancers in the Star do a U-Turn Back (turning toward the Center of the Star) and form a Wave with the dancers behind them.

Ends in Parallel Waves.


Spin Chain The Gears

From Parallel Waves or an Eight Chain Thru formation.

  1. Arm Turn 1/2;
  2. Centers Arm Turn 3/4 as Ends U-Turn Back;
  3. Very Centers Trade as Outsides slide inward to form two Stars;
  4. Star 3/4;
  5. Very Centers Trade;
  6. Center Wave Cast Off 3/4 as Others U-Turn Back by flipping away from the center of the set.

Ends in Parallel Waves.


Spread

There are four different versions of Spread (only the first two are used at Plus):

  1. From Columns: Centers spread apart as ends move in.
  2. From a Line: Ends and adjacent Centers exchange places by sidestepping into each other's position.
    • If adjacent dancers are in a Mini-Wave, slide nose-to-nose;
    • If adjacent dancers are a Couple, do a Half Sashay (Belle slides in front of Beau).
  3. Desginated dancers Spread (e.g., from Columns: Ends Spread, check a Butterfly)
  4. The call Wheel & Spread. From a One-Faced Line. Wheel & Deal; Leaders sidestep apart from one another (and backup slightly) as Trailers move in between.

Teacup Chain

From a normal Squared Set (or everyone turning opposite sex by the Left).

Head Ladies Center for a Teacup Chain proceeds as follows:

  • Head Ladies:
    1. to center, R-H Star 3/4
    2. L-H turn corner
    3. R-H turn new corner (original opposite man)
    4. to center, L-H Star 1 & 1/4
    5. R-H turn new corner (next man)
    6. L-H to original partner for a Courtesy Turn
  • Side Ladies:
    1. R-H turn corner
    2. to center, L-H Star 1 & 1/4
    3. R-H turn new corner (original opposite man)
    4. L-H turn new corner (next man)
    5. to center, R-H Star 3/4
    6. L-H to original partner for a Courtesy Turn
  • Ladies -- Important points:
    • Start with the R-H, and use alternating hands.
    • Head Ladies start to the Center, Side Ladies start with the corner.
    • Visit each man exactly once, progressing counter-clockwise through the men, starting with the corner, then opposite, then corner's opposite, and finally original partner.
    • Concentrate on progressing to the next man, rather than worrying about alternating hands (or how far to turn the star), as handholds (and star turns) become automatic.
  • Men -- Important points:
    • Head Men always send the Ladies to the Center.
    • Side Men always send the Ladies to the Right.
    • Take whatever hand the ladies give you, and send them to their next destination. At some point, men use the same hand is twice in a row.
    • Be sure to lead the Ladies. Don't be a wimp - send the ladies to their destination with a firm but gentle lead.
    • The final L-H turn (with original partner) blends into a Courtesy Turn to end in a Squared Set.

Ends in a Squared Set, everyone paired with original Partner.


Track 2

From a Completed Double Pass Thru formation.

Beaus (left-side dancers) work around the outside in a wide loop for 3 Column Circulates as
Belles (right side dancers) work inside for 3 Column Circulates.

Ends in Parallel Right-Hand Waves.


Trade The Wave

From a Wave.

As one movement, Step Thru, Trade, and Step to an opposite-handed Wave.

Ends in an opposite-handed Wave.

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