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Single Wheel [A2]
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Single Wheel -- [A2]
   (Gordon Blaum 1961)

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From a Mini-Wave or Couple. EN: 10

Each dancer works as if they were a Couple: all Wheel & Deal. EN: 20

A Mini-Wave ends in Facing Dancers; a Couple ends in Tandem Dancers. EN: 30

Alternate definition: As one movement, Hinge & Roll. EN: 40

Fra en R-H Mini-Wave:

Single Wheel

Fra en L-H Mini-Wave:

Single Wheel

Fra en Couple:

Single Wheel


  • Single Wheel is a two-dancer call. To find the other dancer with whom you are working, break up the overall formation into appropriate adjacent groups of two. EN: 50
  • There are two ways to think about Single WheelEN: 60

    1. Conceptualization -- "Single" means that each dancer works as if they were a couple and everybody does the call. Single Wheel (& Deal) means do the Single version of Wheel & Deal. If you think of Single Wheel in this manner, you can more easily grasp other 'Single' extensions. For example, from a R-H Mini-Wave Box, consider a Single Ferris Wheel. EN: 70
    2. Memorization -- Just memorize that Single Wheel is a Hinge & Roll, and be done with it. Whenever Single Wheel is called, just do a Hinge & Roll. Easy, right? Single Wheel's just another call to memorize. Why bother with all that conceptual stuff? EN: 80
  • To start a Single Wheel, give a slight tug on the handhold that you have with the adjacent dancer. This gets both of you moving toward the correct direction. EN: 90
  • From a Couple, Single Wheel is similar to Partner Trade except that instead of ending as a Couple, you end as Tandem Dancers (with the original Belle in front). EN: 100

Single Wheel 3 Times:

Single Wheel 3 Times:

Single Wheel 3 Times

Teamwork is required to successfully dance Single Wheel 3 TimesEN: 110
  1. Do the first instance of the call; EN: 120
  2. Verify that the resulting formation is 'reasonable' (properly aligned, symmetric, and dancers appear to be in the correct position); EN: 130
  3. Re-evaluate your position within the new formation (determine who you will work with next); EN: 140
  4. Do the second instance of the call; EN: 150
  5. Verify that the resulting formation is 'reasonable'; EN: 160
  6. Re-evaluate your position; EN: 170
  7. Do the third (and final) instance of the call. EN: 180

For those of you who may be aspiring C4 dancers, contemplate what would happen from a 1x8 Line on the call "As Couples As Couples Single Wheel"EN: 190

Hinge [Mainstream,A1]:

1/2 of a Trade. EN: 200
  • From a Mini-Wave, a Hinge (also known as Single Hinge) is an Arm Turn 1/4. EN: 210
  • From a Couple, a Hinge (also known as Partner Hinge) is 1/2 of a Partner Trade. That is, as one movement turn 1/4 to face and Step to a R-H Mini-Wave. EN: 220

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 Ferris Wheel

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

Single Turn & Deal:

Single Turn & Deal

See also Single CONCEPT [C3A,C3B,C4].

Choreography for Single Wheel

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15-October-2019 09:49:39
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