Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts

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Offset Column | Line | Wave Formation [C2]
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An Offset FORMATION is a formation which has been divided into two equal sub-formations that have been shifted some amount relative to the dividing line. EN: 10

An Offset Column looks like this: EN: 20

 If you are here... EN: 30 work as if you were here. EN: 40
Offset (Parallel) Columns look like this: EN: 50

 (12-Matrix)Offset Columns(50% offset) (16-Matrix)Offset Columns(100% offset) In either case,work as if you were here. EN: 60
An Offset Line | Wave looks like this: EN: 70

 If you are here... EN: 30 work as if you were here. EN: 40
Offset (Parallel) Lines | Waves look like this: EN: 100

 (12-Matrix)Offset Lines | Waves(50% offset) (16-Matrix)Offset Lines | Waves(100% offset) In either case,work as if you were here. EN: 60

In Offset Lines | Waves, Centermost dancers should reach forward or backward (if possible) to touch hands with the adjacent dancers in their distorted Line. This helps identify who is working with whom. EN: 120

CONTRAST THE FOLLOWING

 This is the starting formationfor each of the following: afterOffset Columns Circulate afterOffset Waves Circulate

Other formations can also be offset: EN: 130

 Offset Diamonds imagine you are here EN: 140 Offset Butterfly imagine you are here EN: 140

At C2, the caller generally restricts Offset FORMATION calls to easy calls which are not shape-changers. If the given call is a shape changer (that is, you are unable to end on the same set of footprints because the original 2 x 4 has rotated by 90°), then retain the Shear Line and the Shift Direction. See Appendix A for a discussion on Shape-Changing. EN: 160