Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
 
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.

From a R-H Box:

 
 
before
Box Counter Rotate 1/4
 after
From a L-H Box:

 
 
before
Box Counter Rotate 1/4
 after

From R-H Columns:

 
 
before
Split Counter Rotate 1/4
 after
From L-H Waves:

 
 
before
Split Counter Rotate 1/4
 after

Notes:
  • 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.

From a Tidal Two-Faced Line:

 
 
before
Split Counter Rotate 1/4
 after

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

From an unusual formation:

 
 
before
Split Counter Rotate 1/4
 after

From Point-to-Point Diamonds:

 
 
before
Split Counter Rotate 1/4
 after
Center 6 Split Counter Rotate 1/2:

 
   
before
Center 6
Split Counter Rotate 1/2
 after
turning 1/4
 after
turning 1/2
(done)

CONTRAST THE FOLLOWING:

This is the starting formation
for each of the following:

after
Split Counter Rotate 1/2

after
Split 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] (Lee Kopman): 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.

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