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Single Concept -- [C3A,C3B,C4]
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Single is a way to take an 8-dancer call and make it a 4-dancer call; or to take a 4-dancer call and make it a 2-dancer call. EN: 10

In the Single version of a call, each dancer executes the movement that would normally be done by a set of two dancers within the normal version of the call. Hence, for a call to have a Single version, it must be possible to group all dancers into sets of two, in which the dancers in each set are always facing the same direction thoughout the given call. The dancers in each set are usually dancing their portion of the call As Couples, In Tandem, Once Removed, or Twosome (or some combination of these concepts). EN: 20

You can think of Single as replacing each set of two dancers with a single dancer located exactly half-way between the two dancers. This single dancer then executes the given call always staying on a path located exactly half-way between where the two dancers would be in the normal version of the call. EN: 30

Here is a partial list of calls that might be done Single at C3B: EN: 40

Bounce anyone Checkmate Circle By
Cross Chain & Roll Cross Chain Thru Divide The Ocean | Sea
Ferris Wheel Flare Out To A Line Polly Wally
Rotary Spin | anything Shakedown Shake & Rattle
Sidetrack Slant anything Split Swap
Strut Left | Right Travel Thru Turn & Deal
Turn To A Line Veer Left | Right  

In 1996, callers voted to restrict the usage of the Single CONCEPT at C3A to the following calls: EN: 50

In 2000, callers voted to drop the generalized Single CONCEPT from C3B. EN: 60

Single Ferris Wheel [C3A] (Walt Wentworth 1974):
From a Mini-Wave Box. Leaders do your part Single Wheel, as Trailers Extend & Single Wheel. Ends in a Zero-Tag (Single Starting Double Pass Thru Formation). Equivalent to Follow Thru & Roll. EN: 342

Single Ferris Wheel

Single Rotary Spin [C3A]:
From a Single Eight Chain Thru. Right Pull By; Centers Step To A L-H Mini-Wave and Cast Off 3/4 as Outsides Left-face U-Turn Back (Single Courtesy Turn) and Roll. Ends in a R-H Wave. EN: 343

Single Rotary Spin
Right Pull By
and Centers Step To A L-H Wave
Outsides Single Courtesy Turn & Roll
as Centers Cast Off 3/4

Single Shakedown [C4] (Lee Kopman 1979):
From Back-to-Back Dancers. As one movement, Right Roll To A Wave & Roll. Ends in Facing Dancers. EN: 345

Single Shakedown

Single Turn & Deal [C4]:
From a Couple or a Mini-Wave. As one movement, 1/4 In, Touch, and turn 1/4 toward your initial turning direction. A Couple ends in Tandem dancers; a R-H Mini-Wave ends in Facing dancers; a L-H Mini-Wave ends in Back-to-Back dancers. From a Couple or R-H Mini-Wave, Single Turn & Deal is the same as Single Wheel [A2]; from a L-H Mini-Wave, Single Turn & Deal ends in Back-to-Back Dancers whereas Single Wheel ends in Facing Dancers. EN: 46

From a R-H Mini-Wave:

Single Turn & Deal
From a L-H Mini-Wave:

Single Turn & Deal
From a Couple:

Single Turn & Deal

  • As with Turn & Deal, remember to always pass Right Shoulders! EN: 70
  • From a Couple or a R-H Mini-Wave, Single Turn & Deal is identical to Single Wheel [A2]. EN: 80
  • From a L-H Mini Wave, be sure to pass Right shoulders so that you end Back-to-Back! EN: 90

Single Turn To A Line [C3A]:
From Tandem dancers, Facing dancers, or Back-to-Back dancers. As one movement, Zig-Zag, Step Thru, and turn 1/4 toward your initial turning direction. Ends in a Couple or a Mini-Wave. EN: 344

From Tandem Dancers:

Single Turn To A Line
From Back-to-Back Dancers:

Single Turn To A Line
From Facing Dancers:

Single Turn To A Line

There are several calls that contain the word 'Single' but that do not follow the 'Single' definition. For example: EN: 100

For more information on Single, please read The Single Concept by J. Eric Brosius. EN: 110

CALLERLAB definition for Single Concept

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