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Press {direction} [C1,C2]
 
 
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Press direction -- [C1,C2]
   (Lee Kopman)
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Press Ahead [C1]:
Designated dancers move one position forward. EN: 10

Press Back [C1V]:
Designated dancers move one position backward. Press Back is typically only used as a gimmick. EN: 20

Press In|Out|Right|Left [C2]:
As one movement, designated dancers move one position forward and one position toward the given directionEN: 30

Notes:

  • Non-designated dancers do not move or adjust in any manner. EN: 40
  • Do not change your facing direction during this call. EN: 50
  • 'Position' in terms of this definition refers to a spot that could be occupied by a dancer. Within a 2 x 4 there are eight positions. A Squared Set, Butterfly, or "O" is a 16-Matrix (4 x 4) formation, and one position refers to an adjacent spot within that rectangular grid. EN: 60
  • The direction can be In, Out, Right, or Left. In and Out are relative to the Center of the Set. EN: 70

 
before
Press Right
 after

 
before
Press Left
 after

   
before
Press Ahead
 after
1/2
  (done)

Note that in the example above, dancers are completely offset after the Press Ahead. A common dancer mistake is to go only half-way. EN: 80


The following examples illustrate the differences among the similar calls Extend, 1/2 Press Ahead, and Step ThruEN: 90

This is the starting formation
for each of the following:

after
Extend

after
1/2 Press Ahead

after
Step Thru


Often callers misuse the term Extend when they mean to use Press Ahead or 1/2 Press AheadEN: 100

This is the starting formation
for each of the following:

after
As Couples Extend

after
1/2 Press Ahead


Curve direction [C4] (Dave Hodson 1985):
As one movement, Press direction while individually turning toward that direction. Direction can be In, Out, Left, or Right and is relative to the Center of the Set. EN: 646

Tip Toe [C4] (Lee Kopman 1980):
Designated dancers Press Ahead while holding onto the dancer in their partner's position, dragging that dancer with them. EN: 647

See also direction Loop n [C2] and Truck [C2].

CALLERLAB definition for Press Ahead
CALLERLAB definition for Press In/Out/Right/Left

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