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Split | Box Counter Rotate {fraction} [A2]
 
 
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Split Counter Rotate fraction [A2]:

From Parallel Waves, Mini-Wave Columns, or other applicable formations. EN: 10

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. EN: 20

If the given fraction is 1/4, Parallel Waves end in Mini-Wave Columns and vice-versa. EN: 30

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. EN: 446

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. EN: 180
  • If no fraction is given, assume 1/4. EN: 50
  • At A2, Split Counter Rotate is usually only done from a 2x4. EN: 60
  • 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). EN: 70
  • Everyone can Roll after a Split Counter RotateEN: 80
  • Some dancers learn this 'cheat' definition: Walk & Turn | Turn & Walk. EN: 90

    This means: EN: 100
    • Trailers Walk & Turn (Circulate & 1/4 In);
    • Leaders Turn & Walk (1/4 In & Circulate).

    This cheat is bad because: EN: 110
    1. It only works from a 2x2. EN: 120
    2. It allows only some dancers to RollEN: 130
    3. It does not work if the caller calls 1/2 of a Counter Rotate 1/4EN: 140

    This cheat should be avoided. Instead, try to visualize turning your entire box 1/4. EN: 150
  • From a 2x2, Leaders remain Leaders, and Trailers remain Trailers. EN: 160
  • 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. EN: 170
  • A more technical definition for Split Counter Rotate fractionEN: 190

    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. EN: 200
  • 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. EN: 210
    • 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 fractionEN: 220
    • From Facing Couples, a Box Counter Rotate 1/4 is like a (Box) Pass In. EN: 230
    • 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 1/4EN: 240

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 LockitEN: 250

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'. EN: 260
  • 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. EN: 270

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. EN: 443

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. EN: 444

Tickle [C4]:
From applicable formations. Hinge; Split Counter Rotate 1/4. EN: 445

CALLERLAB definition for Box Counter Rotate
CALLERLAB definition for Split Counter Rotate

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