Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
 

Press Ahead [C1]:
Designated dancers move one position forward.

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

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

Notes:

 
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.


The following examples illustrate the differences among the similar calls Extend, 1/2 Press Ahead, and Step Thru.

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 Ahead.

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.

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.

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

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