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Pass The Axle [C1]
   (Lee Kopman 1971)

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From Eight Chain Thru, Parallel R-H Waves, or other applicable formations. EN: 10
Fra Eight Chain Thru, Parallel Right Hand Waves, eller andre anvendelige formationer. DK: 10

  1. Pass Thru; EN: 20
    Alle laver Pass Thru; DK: 20
  2. Centers Pass Thru as Ends Cross Cast BackEN: 30
    Centers laver Pass Thru mens Ends laver Cross Cast BackDK: 30
  3. all Trade; EN: 40
    alle laver Trade; DK: 40
  4. Centers Trade. EN: 50
    Centers laver en Trade. DK: 50

Ends in Facing Lines. Pass The Axle is a 4-part call. EN: 60
Ender i Facing Lines. Pass The Axle er et 4-part kald. DK: 60

Pass The Axle
Pass Thru
Centers Pass Thru
mens Ends Cross Cast Back
all Trade
Centers Trade

Note: Historically, those doing the Cross Cast Back always passed Left Shoulders. Then a group of callers decided it would be easier if the definition were changed to specify passing Right Shoulders, and began teaching it this way to their dancers. The CALLERLAB definition of Pass The Axle is defined in terms of Cross Cast Back (which is defined in terms of Trail Off, which in turn is defined as a Left shoulder pass from a Couple), hence the shoulder pass should be Left shoulders. The moral of all this is that you should be aware that some dancers may insist on passing Left Shoulders and others may insist on passing Right Shoulders. We prefer passing Left Shoulders, but will yield when faced with a conflict. Please be aware that there is a controversy and try not to collide with anybody. EN: 70
Husk i Cross Cast Back skal der passers venstre skulder akkurat som i Trail OffDK: 70


  • Pass The Axle But Cast 1/4 (or 3/4). Replace the Partner Trade (Cast 1/2) with Cast 1/4 (or 3/4). EN: 80

Pass & Roll The Axle [C4] (Ross Howell):
From Eight Chain Thru (or Parallel R-H Waves). Pass Thru; Centers Turn Thru as Ends Right-face U-Turn Back; all Pass The Axle. Ends in Facing Lines. This call must be memorized as a separate call since it is not a Pass & Roll [A2] followed by The Axle [C1]. We believe callers should avoid using this call. EN: 484

See also anything The Axle [C1] og Cast Back, Cross Cast Back [C1].

CALLERLAB definition for Pass the Axle

Choreography for Pass The Axle

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24-July-2024 12:25:07
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