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Spin Chain The Gears [Plus]
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Spin Chain The Gears -- [Plus]
   (Whit Whitcomb and Jay King 1971)
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From Parallel Waves or an Eight Chain Thru formation.

  1. Arm Turn 1/2;
  2. Centers Arm Turn 3/4 as Ends U-Turn Back;
  3. Very Centers Trade as Outsides slide inward to form two Stars;
  4. Star 3/4;
  5. Very Centers Trade;
  6. Center Wave Cast Off 3/4 as Others U-Turn Back by flipping away from the center of the set.

Ends in Parallel Waves.

Spin Chain The Gears:

Spin Chain The Gears
Arm Turn 1/2
Centers Cast Off 3/4
as Ends U-Turn Back
Very Centers Trade
as Outsides slide inward
to form two Stars
Star 3/4
Very Centers Trade
Center Wave Cast Off 3/4
as Ends U-Turn Back
by flipping away from center

  • After initial Arm Turn 1/2, new Ends U-Turn Back and slide inward, placing their hand inward to form a star.
  • Don't turn the star unless there are 4 dancers in it. If you turn the star with only 3 dancers, the missing dancer is unable to catch up, and your square will break down.
  • The last part for the Outsides can also be thought of as a Peel Off, since the movement is U-Turn Back by flipping away from center. Be sure to turn away from the Star, because if you turn toward it, you may collide with those doing the final Cast Off 3/4.


  • Star 1/4, Star 1/2, Star 3/4
  • Don't Turn The Star
  • Some callers call Spin Chain The Gears from a Tidal Wave. Although there is nothing in our definition to preclude this, we believe this usage is outside the range of the accepted usage for this call.

Spin Chain Thru [Mainstream] (Rod Blaylock 1967): From Parallel Waves, Eight Chain Thru, or other applicable formations. Arm Turn 1/2; Centers Cast Off 3/4; the Very Centers Trade; Centers Cast Off 3/4. Ends in Parallel Waves. This is a 4-part call.

Spin Chain And Circulate The Gears [C4]: Same as Spin Chain The Gears except that after each U-Turn Back, those doing the U-Turn Back do a Circulate around the outside.

See also Spin Chain & Exchange The Gears [Plus].

CALLERLAB definition for Spin Chain The Gears

Choreography for Spin Chain The Gears

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09-April-2020 17:34:16
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