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Square Chain Thru [A1]
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Square Chain Thru -- [A1]
   (Buford Evans 1965)
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From Facing Couples (or a R-H Wave). EN: 10

  1. Right Pull By and 1/4 In;
  2. Left Swing Thru;
  3. Left Turn Thru.

Ends in Back-to-Back Couples. EN: 20

Square Chain Thru
Right Pull By and 1/4 In
Left Swing Thru
Left Turn Thru

Alternate definition: EN: 30
Square Thru but on the second hand Left Swing Thru 1 & 1/2; Step Thru. EN: 40


  • Don't rush this call. It's a long call, and has many parts. It requires cooperation and teamwork. EN: 50
  • Square Chain Thru ends in Back-to-Back Couples. As such, be sure to end back-to-back with the dancer with whom you do the Left Turn Thru. EN: 60
  • Upon completion of the call, join hands with the adjacent dancer to form a Couple. EN: 70
  • When teaching Square Chain Thru, We've found that a hard part is for the original Beaus to wait while the original Belles Right Arm Turn 1/2. If you're an original Beau, stay in place and wait for the original Belles to Trade, then do the Left Turn Thru. EN: 80
  • Square Chain Thru starts like a Square Thru [Basic]. As such, use alternating hands (Right Pull By and 1/4 In, then get ready with the Left-Hand for the Left Swing Thru). EN: 90
  • As with all Turn Thrus, be sure to step Back-to-Back with the other dancer when you're done. Look behind yourself to verify that you are lined-up and back-to-back with that dancer. If not, adjust so that you are! EN: 100
  • The end result of Square Chain Thru is the same as Lead Right [Basic] or Wheel Thru [A1]. EN: 110

Left Turn Thru [Mainstream] (Wayne Moyers 1964):
From Facing Dancers or a L-H Mini-Wave. Left Arm Turn 1/2 then (drop hands) and Step Thru. Ends in Back-to-Back Dancers. EN: 73

Left Square Chain Thru [A1]:
Start with the Left hand (i.e., Left Pull By and 1/4 In; (Right) Swing Thru; Turn Thru). EN: 74

Split Square Chain Thru [A2]:
From an applicable T-Bone 2 x 2, or other applicable formations. Those who can Right Pull By and turn to face the inactives; all Left Swing Thru; Left Turn Thru. Ends in Back-to-Back Couples. EN: 75

Square Chain Thru To A Wave [C1]:
From Facing Couples (or R-H Wave). Square Thru but on the 2nd hand Left Swing Thru 1 & 1/2. Ends in a L-H Wave. EN: 78

Square Chain The Top [C1] (Al Appleton 1972):
From Facing Couples (or a R-H Wave). Right Pull By and 1/4 In; Left Spin The Top; Left Turn Thru. Ends in Back-to-Back Couples. EN: 76

Grand Square Chain Thru [C4]:
From Eight Chain Thru (or Parallel R-H Waves). Right Pull By and 1/4 In; Grand Left Swing Thru; Left Turn Thru. Ends in Back-to-Back Lines. EN: 77

See also Split [Square Thru] CONCEPT [C1] and anything To A Wave CONCEPT [C1].

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25-April-2019 22:37:54
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