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Explode The Top [C3A]
(Holman Hudspeth 1969)

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From Parallel Lines. EN: 10

1. Explode;
2. End Beau Circulate 1 & 1/2 as End Belle Circulate, Veer inward, and U-Turn Back as Centers Touch 1/2 and the Very Centers Cast Off 3/4 while the other Center Step Ahead to form a R-H Star; EN: 20
3. Turn the Star 1/4; EN: 24
4. The End of the Center Wave walks forward as everyone else follows to Unwrap The Star, and everyone Face In to end in Facing Lines. EN: 26

 beforeExplode The Top afterExplode after Ends move to their Star position EN: 30 as Centers Touch 1/2 afterVery Centers Cast Off 3/4 as remaining Centers Step Ahead(i.e., before turning the Stars) EN: 40 afterStar 1/4; Very Outsides lead Unwrap The Star;and Face In EN: 50 (done)

Notes:
• The Center who Stepped Ahead should raise their Left hand to indicate that they are leading the Unwrap The Star; EN: 61
• The leader of the Unwrap is the End of the Center Wave after th star has turned 1/4. EN: 64
• Dancing hint: The very ends of the Unwrap (dancers EN: 60
and EN: 63
in the above diagrams) can alternatively dance the Unwrap & 1/4 In as a Star 1/2, walk forward & 1/4 Left moving under the raised arm of the adjacent dancer (like the original outside Belle does on Circle To A Line [B]). EN: 66

Variation: Explode The Top turn the Star n less (or more) position(s). The leader of the Unwrap is always the dancer who becomes the End of the Center Wave after the Star has turned. EN: 70

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