Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
Peel The Top [Plus]
 
 
From a Mini-Wave Box, from the "Z" obtained from a Wave after the Ends Fold, or from an applicable T-Bone 2 x 2. EN: 10

  1. Leaders Peel Off as Trailers step ahead (to join inside hands with each other); EN: 20
  2. Fan The Top.

A Mini-Wave Box or "Z" ends in a Wave. EN: 30

From a Mini-Wave Box:
 

   
before
Peel The Top
 after
Leaders Peel Off
as Trailers
step ahead EN: 40
 after
Fan The Top
(done)

From a "Z":
 

   
before
Peel The Top
 after
Leaders Peel Off
as Trailers
step ahead EN: 40
 after
Fan The Top
(done)

From a T-Bone 2 x 2:

(used only at C1 or above) EN: 50

 
   
before
Peel The Top
 after
Leaders Peel Off
as Trailers
step ahead EN: 40
 after
Fan The Top
(done)

Notes:

  • The words 'step ahead' mean that the Trailers need to 1/2 Circulate if the starting formation is a 2 x 2, or (full) Circulate if the starting formation is a "Z". EN: 60
  • At the Plus level, the standard starting position for Peel The Top is a L-H "Z" in which the Boys are Leaders and the Girls are Trailers. This formation is usually setup from Parallel R-H Waves (Girls as Ends, Boys as Centers) by having the Girls Fold. EN: 70
  • From a Wave, Ends Fold followed by Peel The Top is equivalent to Spin The Top [Mainstream]. EN: 80
  • From Parallel Waves, Peel The Top can be difficult to see. Work with the 4 dancers in your Box, not your Wave. EN: 90

Fan The Top [Plus] (Deuce Williams 1967):
From a Line or Diamond with the Centers in a Mini-Wave; or from Facing Couples, in which case dancers first Step To A Wave. Centers Arm Turn 3/4 as Ends walk forward in an arc, turning 90°, to move up 1/4 of a circle around the center of the 4-dancer formation. A Wave or Facing Couples ends in a Wave. EN: 355

Peel Off [Plus] (Howard Liffick 1962):
From an applicable 2 x 2 (usually a Mini-Wave Box or Tandem Couples) or a "Z". As one movement, Leaders flip away (180°) from the center of the 4-dancer formation and step forward if necessary as the Trailers step forward if necessary and U-Turn Back by turning away from the center of the 4-dancer formation. A Non-T-Bone starting formation always ends in a Line. EN: 347

Trail The Top [C4]:
From a Mini-Wave Box, applicable "Z", or applicable T-Bone 2 x 2. Leaders Trail Off as Trailers step ahead (to join inside hands with each other); Fan The Top. Trail The Top is the same as Peel The Top except that the Leaders Trail Off instead of Peel Off. EN: 539

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