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Turn & Deal [A1]
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Turn & Deal -- [A1]
   (Colin Walton 1963)

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From any Line of 4. EN: 10

As one movement, 1/2 Tag then turn 1/4 in place toward your initial turning direction. EN: 20

Ends in a 2 x 2. EN: 30
  • A R-H Two-Faced Line ends in Facing Couples. EN: 40
  • A L-H Two-Faced Line ends in Back-to-Back Couples. EN: 50
  • A L-H Wave ends in a R-H Mini-Wave Box. EN: 60
  • A One-Faced Line ends in Tandem Couples. EN: 70

From a R-H Two-Faced Line:

Turn & Deal

From a L-H Two-Faced Line:

Turn & Deal

From a L-H Wave:

Turn & Deal

From a One-Faced Line:

Turn & Deal


  • Turn & Deal is danced as one smooth flowing movement. EN: 80
  • Turn & Deal feels like a 1/2 Tag & Roll. EN: 90
  • As with Tag The Line, remember to pass right-shoulders with any dancers you meet. EN: 100
  • Drop hands with adjacent dancers and move individually toward the center of your Line. EN: 110
  • Turn & Deal has historically been fractionalized into thirds (mantra: Turn, Step, Turn). Today, however, it is rare that a caller would fractionalize Turn & Deal since a 2/3 Turn & Deal is the same as a 1/2 Tag. However, at the upper levels, there are calls that contain Turn & Deal as part of their definition (e.g., Mini-Busy [A2]) that are occasionally fractionalized. EN: 120

    Fractionalization of Turn & DealEN: 130

    1. Turn 1/4 in place toward the center of the line; EN: 140
    2. Passing right-shoulders, step forward to the 1/2 Tag position (a R-H Mini-Wave Box); EN: 150
    3. Turn 1/4 in place toward the same direction as the first turn 1/4. EN: 160
  • From a R-H Two-Faced Line (the most common starting formation), Turn & Deal is similar to Wheel & Deal except that the dancers move individually instead of as a Couple. EN: 170
  • The mirror image of Turn & Deal has historically been known as Left Turn & Deal. When doing a Left Turn & Deal, pass left-shoulders instead of right-shoulders. EN: 180
  • Turn & Deal & Roll always ends in a Left-Hand Box. EN: 190

Line Of n Turn & Deal [NOL]:
From a Line of n (n is an even number, usually 6 or 8). Do a 1/2 Tag in the Line of n, then turn 1/4 in place toward your initial turning direction. Ends in Parallel Lines of n/2. EN: 41

Line Of 6 Turn & Deal

Any Shoulder Turn & Deal [NOL]:
From a Two-Faced Line. Passing the most convenient shoulder (right-shoulders from a R-H Two-Faced Line; left-shoulders from a L-H Two-Faced Line), do a Turn & Deal. Ends in Facing Couples. EN: 42

Vertical Turn & Deal [C4]:
From a non-T-Bone 2 x 2. Vertical 1/2 Tag; Original Leaders Turn an extra 1/4 in place toward their initial turning direction. Hint: Think about doing a Vertical 1/2 Tag & RollEN: 44

Turn To A Line [C2]:
From an applicable 2 x 2. As one movement, Zig-Zag, Complete The Tag (Tandem Step Thru) and Turn 1/4 in your initial turning direction. A non-T-Bone 2 x 2 ends in a Line. EN: 43

Triple Turn [C4]:
From a non-T-Bone 2 x 2. Turn To A Line; Turn & Deal; Turn To A Line. Ends in a Line. Triple Turn is a 3-part call. EN: 45

Single Turn & Deal [C4]:
From a Couple or a Mini-Wave. As one movement, 1/4 In, Touch, and turn 1/4 toward your initial turning direction. A Couple ends in Tandem dancers; a R-H Mini-Wave ends in Facing dancers; a L-H Mini-Wave ends in Back-to-Back dancers. From a Couple or R-H Mini-Wave, Single Turn & Deal is the same as Single Wheel [A2]; from a L-H Mini-Wave, Single Turn & Deal ends in Back-to-Back Dancers whereas Single Wheel ends in Facing Dancers. EN: 46

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