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Switch The Wave [A2]
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Switch The Wave -- [A2]
   (Roger Chapman 1969)

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From a Wave.

Centers Run as Ends Cross Run.

Ends in a Two-Faced Line.

From a R-H Wave:

Switch The Wave

From a L-H Wave:

Switch The Wave


  • From a R-H Wave, everyone moves to the Right;
    From a L-H Wave, everyone moves to the Left.
  • Think about moving toward the handhold that you have with the adjacent dancer. You might even give that dancer a slight tug to get both of you moving toward the correct direction.
  • At A2, Switch The Wave may only be called from a Wave. However, at C1, Switch The Line (same definition as Switch The Wave) may be done from any Line of 4.
  • If you start as a Center, be sure to Run toward the nearest End position. Think about flipping away from the Center.
  • Ends Cross Run to the far Center, passing each other in the process.
  • Everyone can Roll after Switch The Wave.
  • Switch The Wave can also be thought of as a Swing-Slither (except that everyone can Roll after a Switch The Wave, whereas those doing the Slither can not Roll).

Switch To A Diamond [A2] (Ron Schneider 1973): From a Wave (or any other Line of 4). Centers Run as Ends do your part Diamond Circulate. Ends in a Diamond.

Switch To An Hourglass [A2] (Sandy Knowles 1975): From Parallel Waves (or applicable Parallel Lines). Centers Run as Ends do your part Hourglass Circulate (Lead Ends 1/2 Circulate as Trailing Ends Veer Inward to end in a Mini-Wave with their opposite). Ends in an Hourglass.

Switch To An Interlocked Diamond [C1] (Sandy Knowles 1976): From Parallel Lines|Waves. Centers Run as Ends (do your part) Interlocked Diamond Circulate. Ends in Twin Diamonds.

Cross Roll To A Wave | Line [C1] (Chuck Peel 1971): From any Line of 4. Centers Cross Run as Ends Run. A Two-Faced Line ends in a Wave and vice-versa. This is the opposite of Switch The Wave.

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17-October-2019 08:29:47
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