Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts

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 Find call:

Square The Bases [C1]
(Holman Hudspeth 1968)

From Facing Lines (or a R-H Tidal Wave).

1. Centers Square Thru 3 as Ends Pass Thru & Ends Bend;
2. Split Square Thru 2;

Ends in an Eight Chain Thru.

 beforeSquare The Bases afterCenters Square Thru 3 as Ends Pass Thru & Ends Bend afterSplit Square Thru 2 afterTrade By (done)

Notes:
• The first movement for the Ends is a Pass Thru, not a Right Pull By. If you do a Right Pull By, it is easy to get confused as to which hand to use to start the Split Square Thru 2.
• Callers often Replace the Split Square Thru 2 and|or the Trade By with another call.
• The final movement, Trade By, is rather tight for those doing the Pass Thru. To make it less awkward, turn slightly to the Left while doing the Pass Thru (turn to the Left because you have just done a Left Pull By, and you are now "leading" with your Right shoulder for the Pass Thru).
• Originally, Square The Bases was written such that Double Pass Thru was also a valid starting position. The Ends were to Divide (Veer Out) and then proceed as in the above definition. Usage from Double Pass Thru is considered inappropriate today.
• Choreographically, Square The Bases is equivalent to Ends Cross Fold. This fact is useful to dancers when dancing the call with Phantoms, and to callers when sight-calling.

Square The Bases But anything [C1]: Do a Square The Bases but replace the Split Square Thru 2 and the Trade By with the anything call. Be aware that there are some callers who may expect you to do a Trade By after the anything call. In this case, the caller should be more explicit by saying Square The Bases Replace Split Square Thru with anything.

Square The Bases Plus 2 [C4]: Do a Square The Bases but replace the Split Square Thru 2 with a Split Square Thru 4.

CALLERLAB definition for Square the Bases

Choreography for Square The Bases