Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
 

From Double Pass Thru, Eight Chain Thru, Facing Lines, or other applicable formations.

Those who can Right Pull By; all (move along and) Step to a L-H (Mini-)Wave; Centers Courtesy Turn the Ends 1/4 by doing a Left-face U-Turn Back placing their R-H on the End's back and Bend The Line.

From Double Pass Thru:

 
     
before
Grand Chain Eight
 after
Centers Right Pull By
 after
Step To A L-H Wave
 after
Centers Courtesy
Turn the Ends 1/4
(done)
From Facing Lines:

 
     
before
Grand Chain Eight
 after
Right Pull By
 after
move along and
Step To A L-H Wave
 after
Centers Courtesy
Turn the Ends 1/4
(done)
From Eight Chain Thru:

 
     
before
Grand Chain Eight
 after
Right Pull By
 after
move along and
Step To A L-H Wave
 after
Centers Courtesy
Turn the Ends 1/4
(done)

Notes:
  • From an Eight Chain Thru, a common dancer mistake is to do a Chain The Square [C2].
  • The Courtesy Turn movement (after the Right Pull By and move along) is sometimes described as 1/4 Out; Courtesy Turn. We dislike this definition for 2 reasons:
    1. The Belle's part is somewhat awkward because there is first a 1/4 Out (to the Right) and then Courtesy Turn (to the Left) 1/2, instead of just a smooth Courtesy Turn (1/4).
    2. If you advance into C3, the caller may call a Left | Mirror Grand Chain Eight in which case we believe it is easier to remember to Step To A R-H Wave & then the Centers always turn the Ends. If, instead, you were to 1/4 Out, it could easily become confusing to figure out who turns who.
  • An alternative way to think about the Step To A L-H Mini-Wave & Courtesy Turn movement is to do a Left Touch 1/4 & Leads U-Turn Back (Roll twice).

Split Grand Chain Eight [C2]: Those who can Right Pull By and turn 1/4 to face the inactives; all Step to a L-H Wave; Centers Courtesy Turn the Ends 1/4 to end in facing Couples (danced as Centers Left-face U-Turn Back to place R-H on adjacent End's back and Bend The Line).

Split Grand Chain Eight:

 
       
before
Split Grand Chain Eight
 after
Right Pull By
& 1/4 In
 after
Step To A L-H Wave
  after
Centers Left-face
U-Turn Back
 after
Bend The Line
(done)

Eight By anything [C3A] (Lee Kopman 1981): From applicable formations (such as a 2 x 4 with the outsides facing each other). Outside 4 do your part Grand Chain Eight & Roll as Centers do the anything call (working in the Center). Ends in various formations.

See also Split [Square Thru] CONCEPT [C1].

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