Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts

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"O" Formation [C1]

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An "O" consists of dancers occupying the following spots in a 4 x 4 matrix: EN: 10

"O" FORMATION

 From here... EN: 20 imagine you are here. EN: 30

An "O" is considered to be Distorted Columns, as if the Centers slid apart from normal Columns. EN: 40

 If you are here... EN: 50 think of workingin Columns EN: 60
 before"O" Circulate after
 before"O" Transfer The Column imagine you are here EN: 70 afterTransfer The Column after re-establishing "O" footprints EN: 80 (done)

Notes:
• For simple calls (such as "O" Circulate, "O" Split Counter Rotate 1/4, etc.) move directly to your ending footprints. For more complex calls, start the call working distorted, blend into a normal setup, complete the call normally, and then have the resulting Centers move away from the Center to re-establish the "O" footprints. EN: 90
• If dancers occupy "O" footprints but the caller wishes them to work in distorted Parallel Lines, the term Big Block [C3A] is used. EN: 100
• Sometimes the caller wants you to start the call in your "O" but finish in a normal setup. In these cases the caller will add a suffix such as 'To Normal Waves', 'To A Line', 'To Columns', etc. (e.g., "O" Checkmate To Normal Lines). EN: 110
• An "O" can also be T-Bone in which case you do your part working in your own set of distorted Columns. EN: 120

 From here... EN: 130 imagine you are here... EN: 140 ... or here. EN: 150
 before"O" Walk & Dodge after

Mini-"O" FORMATION [C1V]:
A Mini-"O" is a 6-dancer "O" with 2 Centers and 4 Ends. EN: 641

Mini-"O" FORMATION

 Mini-"O" think of working here EN: 160