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Linear Cycle [Plus]
 
 
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Linear Cycle -- [Plus]
   (Dave Hodson and Lee Kopman 1979)
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From a Wave or applicable Line of 4.

  1. Hinge;
  2. Leaders Fold behind Trailers (who do not adjust);
  3. Any Shoulder Double Pass Thru;
  4. Peel Off in direction of Shoulder Pass.

Ends in Facing Couples. This is a 4-part call.

From a R-H Wave:
 
       
before
Linear Cycle
 after
Hinge
 after
Leaders Fold
 after
Right-Shoulder
Double Pass Thru
 after
To The Right
Peel Off
(done)
Note dancers are offset in the 3rd and 4th diagrams.

From a L-H Wave:
 
       
before
Linear Cycle
 after
Hinge
 after
Leaders Fold
 after
Left-Shoulder
Double Pass Thru
 after
To The Left
Peel Off
(done)
Note dancers are offset in the 3rd and 4th diagrams.

Notes:
  • Mantra: Hinge, Fold, Follow, Peel.
  • Any Shoulder means to pass the most convenient shoulder.

    • When doing Linear Cycle from a L-H Wave, pass Left-Shoulders;
    • When starting from all other formations, pass Right-Shoulders.
  • Peel Off in direction of Shoulder Pass:

    • If passing Left-Shoulders, Peel Left (as one movement, Leaders flip to the left (180°) and step forward as Trailers Left-face U-Turn Back to end as a couple);
    • If passing Right-Shoulders, Peel Right (as one movement, Leaders flip to the right (180°) and step forward as Trailers Right-face U-Turn Back to end as a couple).
  • Although Linear Cycle is a no-hands movement after the initial Hinge, you may encounter dancers who try to hold onto your hand throughout the movement.
  • From a Wave, Linear Cycle is choreographically equivalent (and almost identical in flow) to Recycle & Sweep 1/4.
  • Historically, Linear Cycle was a 3-part call:
    1. Hinge;
    2. Vertical Tag The Line (or Vertical Left Tag The Line) without adjusting to the center line;
    3. Peel Off in direction of shoulder pass.

From a One-Faced Line:
 
       
before
Linear Cycle
 after
Hinge
 after
Leaders Fold
 after
Right-Shoulder
Double Pass Thru
 after
To The Right
Peel Off
(done)
Note: Linear Cycle from other than a Wave is not appropriate at Plus, since the Hinge is a Partner Hinge (an A1 call).

Partner Hinge [A1]: From a Mini-Wave or Couple. Do 1/2 of a Trade. Ends in a Mini-Wave. From a Mini-Wave, Partner Hinge is an Arm Turn 1/4; from a Couple, Partner Hinge is 1/2 of a Partner Trade (as one movement, Face each other and Step to a Right-hand Mini-Wave). The word 'Partner' is optional: the word 'Hinge' is sufficient to describe this movement. Usually, however, the caller uses the term 'Partner Hinge' from a Couple, and 'Single Hinge' from a Mini-Wave.

Linear Action [C1] (Lee Kopman 1982): From a Generalized 1/4 Tag or other applicable formations. Centers Hinge & Box Circulate 1 & 1/2 as Outsides Hinge & Trade; those who meet (Center 4) Cast Off 3/4 as the Others move up (as in Chain Reaction). Ends in Parallel Waves, Parallel 3 & 1 Lines, or a Parallelogram (if outside dancers end on the same spot).

Linear (fraction) Tag [C4]: From a Wave or applicable Line of 4. Hinge; Leaders Fold; Extend to the given fractional Tag position. If no fraction is given, complete a full Tag The Line.

Linear Flow [C4]: From Parallel Waves or applicable Lines. Linear 1/2 Tag (Hinge; Leaders Fold, Extend to Parallel Waves); Split Circulate Twice; Centers Trade. Ends in Parallel Waves.

CALLERLAB definition for Linear Cycle

Choreography for Linear Cycle

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