Definitions of Square Dance Calls and Concepts
T-Bone Concept [C1]
 
 
T-Bone is a name given to any (usually rectangular) setup in which at least one dancer's facing direction is 90 degrees off relative to another dancers' facing direction. The word 'T-Bone' is typically not said unless the caller wishes to emphasize that the dancers should pay attention.

When doing calls from T-Bone formations, do your part of the given call. Assume that dancers T-Boned to you are facing in whatever direction is necessary for you to do your part of the call. Usually, you will not interact much with those who are T-Boned to you, and the call may feel quite different than when done from a normal setup.

Examples of T-Bone formations:
 
   
 
In the last example,
dancers act as if they are in Lines, and
dancers act as if they are in Columns.

 
before
Peel & Trail
 after

 
before
Walk & Dodge
 after

 
before
Acey Deucey
 after

 
before
Out Roll Circulate
 after

When executing Circulates (and calls involving Circulates) the Lead dancers who make a loop as part of their traffic pattern must move around the outside of any dancers who are moving straight ahead. This means that some dancers may pass Right-Shoulders while other dancers may pass Left-Shoulders. Be careful to pass the correct shoulder since the caller could fractionalize the call.

   
before
Box Circulate
 after
1/2 Box Circulate
  (done)

   
before
(all 8) Circulate
 after
1/2 Circulate
  (done)

Notes:
  • When done from T-Bones, calls that normally end in Lines often end in Diamonds and vice-versa.
  • Be very precise with your positioning when doing calls from T-Bones. Make sure your formations are compact and that you are directly lined up with a wall.

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