Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
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All 4 Couples Concept

From a Generalized Squared Set or other applicable formations.

The All 4 Couples CONCEPT simultaneously activates eight dancers to do a 4-dancer call.

The four dancers at the Heads' position work together to do the given call, while simultaneously, the four dancers at the Sides' position work together to do the same given call.

Dancers at the Heads' position maneuver around the dancers at the Sides' position and vice-versa.


All 8 Concept

From a Generalized Thar, Squared Set, or other applicable formation.

The 4 dancers nearest the Heads' position work together as the 4 dancers nearest the Sides' position work together. All eight dancers work simultaneously using appropriate traffic patterns.

The All 8 CONCEPT is similar to the All 4 Couples CONCEPT [A2] but is usually used from a Generalized Thar instead of from a Generalized Squared Set. Many callers use these terms interchangeably.


Checkmate The Column

From applicable 2 x 4 Columns.

First Two (#1 and #2) Circulate 4 spots & 1/4 In as Last Two (#3 and #4) Circulate twice, 1/4 In, & Circulate.

Normal Columns end in Parallel Two-Faced Lines.


Cut | Flip The Hourglass

From an Hourglass.

Cut The Hourglass:
Points slide together and Trade as Centers Hourglass Circulate.

Flip The Hourglass:
Points flip in (Phantom Run) as Centers Hourglass Circulate.

Usually ends in Parallel Lines.


Diamond Chain Thru

From Twin Diamonds.

  1. Diamond Circulate;
  2. Very Centers Trade;
  3. Center 4 Cast Off 3/4.

Usually ends in Parallel Lines.

Diamond Chain Thru is a 3-part call.


Hourglass Formation | Circulate

An Hourglass FORMATION can be set up from Parallel Lines with the Centers in a Mini-Wave, by having the Centers do a 1/2 Circulate.

 
Hourglass FORMATION  Typical facing directions
within an Hourglass

An Hourglass FORMATION consists of a Diamond inside of a Box. Dancers in the Diamond are the Centers of the Hourglass; dancers in the Box are the Ends (or Points) of the Hourglass.

Hourglass Circulate [A2]: From an Hourglass. The Circulate path of an Hourglass consists of 8 spots. Move forward to the next position in the Hourglass, moving from a Diamond position to a Box position or vice-versa. Change your facing direction (by 90°) if and only if you are moving to or from the Point of the Center Diamond. If the Circulate does not involve dancers ending on the same spot, then Hourglass Circulate ends in an Hourglass.


In Roll Circulate

From Parallel Lines in which the Ends of each Line all have their right-shoulder toward the center, or all have their left-shoulder toward the center.

In-Facing Ends Circulate as the Others Flip (180°) one position down the line toward the vacated End position.

Ends in Parallel Lines.


Mini-Busy

From Parallel Two-Faced Lines.

Leaders Any Shoulder Turn & Deal as Trailers 1/2 Circulate; Very Centers Hinge; and Flip The Diamond.

Ends in a 1/4 Tag.


Motivate

From Parallel Waves or other applicable formations.

  1. Circulate;
  2. Centers Cast Off 3/4 as the Ends 1/2 Circulate;
  3. Center 4 Star 1/2 as Outsides Trade;
  4. Those who meet Cast Off 3/4 as Others move up (Phantom Hourglass Circulate).

Parallel Waves end in Parallel Waves.


Out Roll Circulate

From Parallel Lines in which the Ends of each Line are facing opposite directions.

Out-Facing Ends Circulate as the Others Flip (180°) one position down the line toward the vacated End position.

Ends in Parallel Lines.


Pass & Roll

From a Single Eight Chain Thru (or a R-H Mini-Wave Box).

  1. Pass Thru;
  2. Centers Turn Thru as Ends Right-face U-Turn Back;
  3. Pass Thru;
  4. Centers Pass Thru and all Right Roll To A Wave.

Ends in a R-H Mini-Wave Box.


Pass & Roll Your Neighbor

From a Single Eight Chain Thru (or a R-H Mini-Wave Box).

  1. Pass Thru;
  2. Centers Turn Thru as Ends Right-face U-Turn Back;
  3. Pass Thru;
  4. Centers Right Arm Turn 3/4 as Ends individually turn 3/4 to the Right (1/4 Right 3 times).

Ends in a L-H Wave.


Peel & Trail

From an applicable 2 x 2 or "Z".

Leaders Peel Off as Trailers Trail Off.

A Mini-Wave Box ends in a Wave; Tandem Couples end in a One-Faced Line.


Recycle [from Facing Couples]

From Facing Couples.

Beaus 1/2 Box Circulate and Right-face U-Turn Back as Belles Left Dodge and Veer Left.

Ends in a R-H Wave.


Remake

From applicable 3- or 4-dancer formations. The formation must have some dancers in a R-H Mini-Wave. For example, a R-H Mini-Wave Box or a Facing Diamond with the Centers in a R-H Mini-Wave.

  1. Those who can Right Arm Turn 1/4;
  2. those who meet and can Left Arm Turn 1/2;
  3. those who meet and can Right Arm Turn 3/4.

Usually ends in the same formation as the starting formation.

Remake is a 3-part call.


Remake The Thar

From a Thar.

  1. Arm Turn 1/4 (to an Alamo Ring);
  2. alternating hands, Arm Turn 1/2;
  3. alternating hands, Arm Turn 3/4.

Ends in a Thar.


Scoot & Weave

There are two slightly different definitions for Scoot & Weave depending upon the starting formation.

From a Mini-Wave Box (or applicable T-Bone 2x2):
Scoot Back; Weave.
Ends in a Wave.

From a Single 1/4 Tag:
Extend; Arm Turn 1/2; Weave.
Ends in a Wave.

For the above definitions, Weave is equivalent to Leaders 1/2 Box Circulate as Trailers Cross Extend & Hinge. A precise definition of Weave is given below.

Weave [C1] (Lee Kopman 1974): From a Mini-Wave Box (or applicable T-Bone 2 x 2) or a Single Eight Chain Thru. Pass Thru or Step Thru; Ends turn 1/4 in place toward the shoulder just passed as Centers, using the opposite hand as the shoulder just passed, do an Arm Turn 1/4. Ends in a Wave.


Scoot Chain Thru

From Parallel Waves:
Leaders Split Circulate as Trailers Extend, Swing, Slip, Swing, & Extend.
Ends in Parallel Waves.

From a 1/4 Tag:
Extend, Swing, Slip, Swing, & Extend.
Ends in a 3/4 Tag.

Single Wheel

From a Mini-Wave or Couple.

Each dancer works as if they were a Couple: all Wheel & Deal.

A Mini-Wave ends in Facing Dancers; a Couple ends in Tandem Dancers.

Alternate definition: As one movement, Hinge & Roll.


Slip | Slide | Swing | Slither

From a Wave (or other applicable 4-dancer formation).

Slip:
Centers Arm Turn 1/2.

Slide:
Ends and adjacent Centers slide nose-to-nose past one another to exchange places.

Swing:
Ends and adjacent Centers Arm Turn 1/2.

Slither:
Centers slide nose-to-nose past one another to exchange places.

Spin The Windmill direction

From a Generalized 1/4 Tag, Generalized Columns with the Centers facing In, or other applicable formations.

Centers
Arm Turn 1/2; Very Centers Trade; & Cast Off 3/4.
Outsides
Individually turn 1/4 toward the given direction & Circulate twice.

Generalized Columns or Generalized 1/4 Tag ends in Parallel Lines.


Split | Box Counter Rotate fraction

Split Counter Rotate fraction [A2]:

From Parallel Waves, Mini-Wave Columns, or other applicable formations.

Divide the overall formation into two equal-sized sub-formations (e.g., from a 2x4, work in each 2x2). Locate the center point of 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 the sub-formation.

If the given fraction is 1/4, Parallel Waves end in Mini-Wave Columns and vice-versa.


Split Square Chain Thru

From an applicable T-Bone 2 x 2, or other applicable formations.

  1. Those who can (those facing, or those in a R-H Mini-Wave)
    Right Pull By and turn 1/4 to face the inactive dancers;
  2. Left Swing Thru;
  3. Left Turn Thru.

Ends in Back-to-Back Couples.


Split | Box Transfer

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

Leaders Box Circulate twice and 1/4 In as Trailers Extend, Arm Turn 3/4, and Extend.

A Mini-Wave Box ends in a Mini-Wave Box.


Switch The Wave

From a Wave.

Centers Run as Ends Cross Run.

Ends in a Two-Faced Line.


Switch To A(n) Diamond | Hourglass

Switch To A Diamond [A2] (Ron Schneider 1973):
From a Wave (or any Line of 4).
Centers Run as Ends do your part Diamond Circulate.
Ends in a Diamond.

Switch To An Hourglass [A2] (Sandy Knowles 1975):
From Parallel Waves (or applicable Parallel Lines).
Centers Run as Ends do your part Hourglass Circulate (Lead Ends 1/2 Circulate as Trailing Ends Veer Inward to end in a Mini-Wave with their opposite).
Ends in an Hourglass.

Trade Circulate

From Parallel Waves, Two-Faced Lines, or other applicable formations.

Leaders Trade as Trailers diagonal Pass Thru.

Parallel Waves end in opposite-handed Parallel Waves;

Parallel Two-Faced Lines end in opposite-handed Parallel Two-Faced Lines.

Trail Off

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

As one movement, Leaders step forward if necessary, Run (180° toward the center of the 4-dancer formation) and Veer Out as the Trailers step forward if necessary and Trade (passing left-shoulders if facing the same direction).

A Non-T-Bone starting formation always ends in a Line. In particular, a Mini-Wave Box ends in a Two-Faced Line, and Tandem Couples end in a One-Faced Line.


Transfer And anything

From Columns or other applicable formations.

First Two dancers in the Column (#1 and #2) move forward in Single File around the outside of the other Column until parallel with the Center Box and then individually Face In (to end as a Couple) as the Others step forward to form a compact formation ("normalize") and do the anything call.


Zig-Zag, Zag-Zig

From a Generalized Tandem (i.e., Tandem Dancers, Facing Dancers, or Back-to-Back Dancers) or other applicable formations.

Zig-Zag:
Leaders 1/4 Right (Zig) as Trailers 1/4 Left (Zag).
A Generalized Tandem ends in a R-H Mini-Wave.

Zag-Zig:
Leaders 1/4 Left (Zag) as Trailers 1/4 Right (Zig).
A Generalized Tandem ends in a L-H Mini-Wave.

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