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Grand 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru [A1]
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Grand 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru -- [A1]
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From applicable formations consisting of more than 4 dancers.

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

This is a 2-part call.

Grand 1/4 Thru
Right Arm Turn 1/4
Left Arm Turn 1/2
Grand 1/4 Thru
Right Arm Turn 1/4
Left Arm Turn 1/2
Center 6 Grand 3/4 Thru
Right Arm Turn 3/4
Left Arm Turn 1/2

  • Start with the Right-hand, unless the caller explicitly says the word 'Left'.
  • Grand 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru is to 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru as Grand Swing Thru is to Swing Thru. Grand means that dancers can work outside of their 4-dancer sub-formation.
  • From R-H Columns, the caller could call either 1/4 Thru or Grand 1/4 Thru.
    • On 1/4 Thru, dancers stay in their group of 4 (without crossing the center of the set).
    • On Grand 1/4 Thru, the Very Center Two dancers also Left Arm 1/2.
  • Those doing each part of the call should be in a Mini-Wave, not facing dancers. Most callers believe it is inappropriate to call Grand 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru from a setup such as a Grand Single Eight Chain Thru.
  • From a Thar or Alamo-Ring, the word 'Grand' is not used, even though the formation consists of more than 4 dancers. Historically, callers have called these variations as All Eight 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru, or just plain 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru.

Grand Left 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru [A1]: Those who can Left Arm Turn 1/4 (or 3/4); those who meet and can Right Arm Turn 1/2.

Any Hand Grand 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru [A1]: From applicable formations (e.g., Magic Columns). Those who can Arm Turn 1/4 (by either hand); those who meet Trade. The Trade can be either an Arm Turn 1/2 (from a Mini-Wave) or a Partner Trade (from a Couple).

1/4 (or 3/4) Thru [A1] (Dick Bayer and Holman Hudspeth 1969): From a R-H Mini-Wave Box, a R-H Facing Diamond (Centers with R-H, Ends with L-H), or other applicable formations. Those who can Right Arm Turn 1/4 (or 3/4); those who meet and can Left Arm Turn 1/2. Ends in a Wave.

See also Grand Follow Your Neighbor [A1].

CALLERLAB definition for Grand Quarter Thru
CALLERLAB definition for Grand Three-Quarter Thru

Choreography for Grand 1/4 (or 3/4) Thru

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19-January-2020 09:56:38
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