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Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
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Promenade [Basic]
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From applicable formations. EN: 10

Make a (side-by-side) couple with your partner, with your left-shoulders toward the center of the set. The Boy is on the left, and the Girl is on the right. As a couple, walk forward, as desigated (e.g., Promenade Don't Stop (Don't Slow Down) in which case you keep moving until another call is given, or Promenade Home in which case you stop promenading when you reach your home position and face in as a couple to end in a squared set). EN: 20

The caller can also designate how far to Promenade, as in Heads Promenade 1/2. In this case, the Heads Promenade around the outside 1/2 way to the other Head Position, and face in as a couple to end in a squared set. Inactive Couples (in this case, the Sides) move into the middle while the Active Couples (Heads) Promenade around the outside. Those moving into the middle, see styling notes for Forward And BackEN: 30

Styling: There are 3 primary ways of joining hands during a Promenade: EN: 40
  1. Standard-position: The Boy puts both hands out in front of him, palms-up. The girl places her hands palms-down on top of the Boy's hands. EN: 50
  2. Skirt-skaters-position: The Boy places left-hand in front, and places right-hand on the Girl's back. The Girl places her left-hand in front into the Boy's left-hand, and uses her right-hand to wave her skirt. The Girl may alternately choose to place her right hand in the small of her back as a target for the Boy's hand. EN: 60
  3. Varsouvienne-position: Girl places both hands palms-up over and a bit in front of her shoulders. Boy places his hands palms-down over the Girl's shoulder so that his right-hand connects with her right-hand, and his left-hand connects with her left-hand. EN: 70

More Styling: EN: 80
  • Boys should keep their left-shoulders close to the center of the set, almost forming a 'star' with their left-shoulders. This keeps the square from getting too wide. You'll take fewer smaller steps and get to your destination sooner. EN: 90



On a Promenade Home, the amount to travel depends upon how far you are from your home position. If you are 1/4 of the way from home or less, the convention is to Promenade all the way around to end up home. This is especially true for Singing Calls, as time is allotted for you to do this! However, the #1 Couple 'controls' the Promenade, and all couples should stop when the #1 Couple stops at their home position. It is helpful if the #1 Boy says "short" or "stop" if he decides to promenade short. EN: 100

Promenade is always in a counter-clockwise direction. That is, your left-shoulder is toward the center of the set. If the caller wants you to promenade the other direction, he/she will say Wrong Way PromenadeEN: 110

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