Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
 
From a Wave (or other applicable 4-dancer formation).

Slip:
Centers Arm Turn 1/2.

Slide:
Ends and adjacent Centers slide nose-to-nose past one another to exchange places.

Swing:
Ends and adjacent Centers Arm Turn 1/2.

Slither:
Centers slide nose-to-nose past one another to exchange places.

before
Slip-Slide-Swing-Slither
 
     
after
Slip
 after
Slide
 after
Swing
 after
Slither
(done)

Notes:

CONTRAST THE FOLLOWING:

This is the starting formation
for each of the following:

after
Slip

after
Centers Slip
Intending to be helpful, some callers routinely say phrases such as Centers Slip or Centers Slither when they really mean Slip or Slither, respectively. This can be misleading because normally the word 'Centers' identifies and activates the Center 4 dancers only. If the (active) Centers are not in a Wave or other applicable 4-dancer formation, then they can't do a Slip or Slither. For example, from Parallel Waves, consider the call Centers Slip: the caller identified the Centers, who are in a Box; but Slip from a Box makes no sense. Also, from formations such as Twin Diamonds or a Tidal Wave, Slip (or Slither) and Centers Slip (or Centers Slither) are different calls!

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