Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts

Split Counter Rotate fraction [A2]:

From Parallel Waves, Mini-Wave Columns, or other applicable formations.

Divide the overall formation into two equal-sized sub-formations (e.g., from a 2x4, work in each 2x2). Locate the center point of each sub-formation. Walk forward in an arc for a total of fraction of a circle, around the flagpole center of the sub-formation, keeping the same distance from the center of the sub-formation.

If the given fraction is 1/4, Parallel Waves end in Mini-Wave Columns and vice-versa.

Box Counter Rotate fraction [A2]: From a 2x2. Walk forward in an arc for a total of fraction of a circle, around the flagpole center of the 2x2, keeping the same distance from the center of the 2x2. Ends in a 2x2.

Fra en R-H Box:

 førBox Counter Rotate 1/4 efter
Fra en L-H Box:

 førBox Counter Rotate 1/4 efter

Fra R-H Columns:

 førSplit Counter Rotate 1/4 efter
Fra L-H Waves:

 førSplit Counter Rotate 1/4 efter

Noter:
• The given fraction is almost always 1/4.
• If no fraction is given, assume 1/4.
• At A2, Split Counter Rotate is usually only done from a 2x4.
• From Parallel Waves and Mini-Wave Columns (or a Mini-Wave Box), hold onto the adjacent dancer and turn your box 1/4 of a Circle (as if a big hand reached out of the sky, grabbed your box of 4, and turned it 1/4 in place).
• Everyone can Roll after a Split Counter Rotate.
• Some dancers learn this 'cheat' definition: Walk & Turn | Turn & Walk.

This means:

• Trailers Walk & Turn (Circulate & 1/4 In);
• Leaders Turn & Walk (1/4 In & Circulate).

This cheat is bad because:

1. It only works from a 2x2.
2. It allows only some dancers to Roll.
3. It does not work if the caller calls 1/2 of a Counter Rotate 1/4.

This cheat should be avoided. Instead, try to visualize turning your entire box 1/4.

• From a 2x2, Leaders remain Leaders, and Trailers remain Trailers.
• Some dancers visualize facing a different wall for each 1/4 turn. Others visualize a clock, and face the 3:00, 6:00, 9:00, or 12:00 position.
• A more technical definition for Split Counter Rotate fraction:

Split the formation into two equal sub-formations by drawing an imaginary line bisecting the long axis of the overall formation. Dancers in each sub-formation walk forward in an arc for a total of fraction of a circle, around the flagpole center of the sub-formation, keeping the same distance from the center of their sub-formation. From Parallel Lines or Columns work in each Box; from Diamonds work in each Diamond; from a 1 x 8 Line work in each Line.
• Occasionally, you will be asked to do a Split | Box Counter Rotate from a formation in which some dancers within the 4-dancer formation are facing clockwise, and others are facing counter-clockwise, with respect to the center of the 4-dancer formation (e.g., Facing Couples, Back-to-Back Couples, Facing Diamond, or a Wave). In this case, do your part of the call, passing right shoulders when necessary.
• Imagine that all dancers in your formation are facing in whatever direction is necessary so that your entire formation can be smoothly turned the given fraction.
• From Facing Couples, a Box Counter Rotate 1/4 is like a (Box) Pass In.
• From Back-to-Back Couples, a Box Counter Rotate 1/4 is like a Partner Tag, except that everyone can Roll after a Box Counter Rotate 1/4.

Fra en Tidal Two-Faced Line:

 førSplit Counter Rotate 1/4 efter

From a Tidal Wave or Two-Faced Line,
Split Counter Rotate 1/4 is identical to Lockit.

Fra en unusual formation:

 førSplit Counter Rotate 1/4 efter

Fra Point-to-Point Diamonds:

 førSplit Counter Rotate 1/4 efter
Center 6 Split Counter Rotate 1/2:

 førCenter 6Split Counter Rotate 1/2 efterturning 1/4 efterturning 1/2 (færdig)

CONTRAST THE FOLLOWING:

 Dette er startformationfor hver af de følgende: efterSplit Counter Rotate 1/2 efterSplit Counter Rotate 1/4 Twice

• For Split Counter Rotate 1/2, find the center of your 4-dancer formation, then Counter Rotate 1/2 around that center point. From the starting formation shown above, this is danced like (each side) 'Ends Trade, Centers Trade'.
• For Split Counter Rotate 1/4 Twice, do a Split Counter Rotate 1/4 (to end in Parallel Waves); now re-evaluate (divide the 2x4 formation into two 2x2 formations); (working in your 2x2) Split Counter Rotate 1/4.

Counter Rotate fraction [C1] (Lee Kopman 1973): From applicable formations. Walk forward in an arc, for a total of fraction of a circle, around the flagpole center of the set, keeping the same distance from the center of the set.

Lickety Split [C3B] : From an applicable 2 x 4. Ends Split Circulate as Centers Split Counter Rotate 1/4. Ends in a 2 x 4.

Tickle [C4]: From applicable formations. Hinge; Split Counter Rotate 1/4.