Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
Ends Bend [A1]
 
 
From a Line of 4, or other applicable formations.

As one movement, the Ends

  1. Step Forward;
  2. Turn 1/4 toward the Center of the 4-dancer formation;
  3. Step Forward.
That is, Ends do the Ends part of Bend The Line.

From a One-Faced Line:

 
 
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Ends Bend
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From a Wave:

 
 
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Ends Bend
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From Inverted Lines:

 
 
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Ends Bend
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From Facing Lines:

 
 
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Ends Bend
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The Centers need to back up to allow for Square Breathing.
From Funny Diamonds:

 
 
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Ends Bend
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From a 1 x 8:

 
 
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Ends Bend
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Notes:
  • Only the Ends are active on Ends Bend. Centers do not move (except to allow for square breathing, such as when Ends Bend is called from Facing Lines -- in which case, Centers back up to allow the Ends to get into the middle).
  • The Ends can Roll. This is because the definition contains the phrase 'as one movement'.
  • If both Ends start facing the same direction, they must be facing each other upon completion of the call.
  • A common mistake dancer make on Ends Bend is to do a 1/4 In instead. Be sure to Step Forward, 1/4 In, then Step Forward again.
  • The most common choreographic application of Ends Bend is from Out-Facing Lines. At A2, the most common follow-up calls for an Ends Bend are Split Square Thru (n) and Split Square Chain Thru.
  • Ends Bend was originally named Bend The Ends.

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