Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
Little [C1]
 
 

From a 3/4 Tag or other applicable formations.

Outsides 1/4 Right & Counter Rotate 1/4 as Centers Step & Fold.

A R-H 3/4 Tag ends in Parallel R-H Waves, a L-H 3/4 Tag ends in Parallel R-H Two-Faced Lines.

From a R-H 3/4 Tag:
 
 
before
Little
 after
Outsides 1/4 Right &
Counter Rotate 1/4
as Centers Step & Fold
(done)

From a L-H 3/4 Tag:
 
 
before
Little
 after
Outsides 1/4 Right &
Counter Rotate 1/4
as Centers Step & Fold
(done)

From an unusual setup:
 
 
before
Little
 after
Outsides 1/4 Right &
Counter Rotate 1/4
as Centers Step & Fold
(done)

Scoot & Little [C1] (Lee Kopman 1972): From a 1/4 Tag. Scoot Back; Outsides 1/4 to the hand-hold & Counter Rotate 1/4 as Centers Step & Fold. Ends in Parallel Waves. Note that from a R-H 1/4 Tag, Outsides go Right. From a L-H 1/4 Tag, Outsides go Left.

   
before
Scoot & Little
 after
Scoot Back
 after
Outsides 1/4 Right &
Counter Rotate 1/4
as Centers Step & Fold
(done)

Notes:
  • On Scoot & Little, Outsides go toward the handhold used during the Scoot Back (the "hot-hand"). On Scoot Back & Little, Outsides always go to the Right. The former is one call whose definition says the handedness of the Scoot Back determines the direction which the Outsides take. The latter is two calls stuck back-to-back: Scoot Back and Little. The definition of Little has the Outsides always going to the Right, no matter what precedes it.
  • On Little, everyone except the original Very Centers can Roll.
  • The caller can optionally give a direction (In, Out, Right, Left) for the Outsides, in which case the Outsides 1/4 toward the given direction & Counter Rotate 1/4 (e.g., Left Little, Out Little).
  • According to the CALLERLAB definitions, Little [C1], Little More [C2], and Plenty [C1] can also be called from Twin Diamonds in which case the outsides omit the 1/4 Right. This usage seems to be dropping out of favor since nowadays there are several callers who always want the outsides to 1/4 Right. We believe that dancers should have a single consistent definition to follow, hence we believe the outsides should always 1/4 Right. When callers wish to use one of these calls from Diamonds omitting the 1/4 Right, they should say 'Outsides go As You Are: all Little | Little More | Plenty'.

Interlocked Little [C3A]: From a 3/4 Line or other applicable formations. Outsides 1/4 Right & Counter Rotate 1/4 as Centers Step & Cross Fold (Ends Cross Fold as Centers 1/2 Press Ahead).

 
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Interlocked Little
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See also Little More [C2] and Plenty [C1].

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