Exchange places by sliding sideways into the
other dancer's position.
The Belle (right-side dancer)
slides in front of the Beau (left-side dancer).
A normal couple ends in a half-sashayed couple and vice-versa.
The Belle slides forward to the left, then backward to the left;
the Beau slides backward to the right, then forward to the right.
Dancers can give a slight tug on each other to
start moving toward the correct direction.
The Belle always goes in front. This can be emphasized
by doing 1/2 of a Half Sashay.
Half Sashay is not a Rollaway.
No turning is involved during the call.
Dos And Don'ts
Be sure to say the word "Half" (i.e., say "Half Sashay" instead
of "Sashay"). It is technically incorrect to just say "Sashay",
since Sashay is a (rarely used) separate call.
A Sashay is a sideways Dosado, each dancer ending in their original
starting position! A Sashay is a Half Sashay twice.
Right & Left Thru + Box The Gnat
Square Thru 3 + U-Turn Back
Half Sashay should be preceeded by a call where
everyone is turning to the left, preferably as a couple.
Good preceding calls include Right & Left Thru, Wheel Around,
Reverse Flutter Wheel, and (from a L-H 2FL) Bend The Line.
Proper prior flow is important because on a Half Sashay
the Beau starts by backing up, and it only feels smooth if
their prior flow direction is a turn to the left.
When calling, think of Half Sashay as being a
suffix to the previous call. For example, think of
"Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay" as one call,
and call it that way. Another example...
From Out-Facing Lines, "Wheel & Deal, Centers Half Sashay" --
if you don't deliver it as one call, the dancer success rate
won't be as good since the dancers will have stopped flow,
and can't easily blend the Half Sashay into the Wheel & Deal movement.
Half Sashay works well after calls that flow to the left. For example:
Right & Left Thru
Reverse Flutter Wheel
Chain Down The Line
Bend The Line (from L-H 2FL)
Recycle (from L-H Wave)
Wheel & Deal (New Centers) (from Out-Facing Lines)
Heads Star Thru,
Girls Only Zoom,
Double Pass Thru,
Centers In, Cast Off 3/4,
Square Thru 3,
Bend The Line,
Forward & Back,
Right & Left Thru (same sex),
Half Sashay 1 & 1/2,
Centers Square Thru 3,
Heads Right & Left Thru,
Separate Around Two To A Line Of 4,
Forward & Back,
Men Together Half Sashay,
Girls Together Half Sashay,
Centers Only Half Sashay,
Everybody Half Sashay,
Half Sashay is a useful call. It can be done from
any Couple, and will normalize half-sashayed couples.
What about Half Sashay once and a half, to set up a tandem with (from a normal
couple) boys in front? A lot of callers were using this a few years ago; since you
don't mention it, I wonder if you consider it an illegitimate use.
This section is a wonderful resource for callers! Someone asked if Half Sashay Once and a Half is legit. Since Half of a Half Sashay was specifically mentioned, by implication Half Sashay Once and a Half is okay also.
Posted by Nasser Shukayr on 14 February 2007 ID: 158
Well, I guess a mathematician would call a "half sashay 1 + 1/2" probably like a "3/4 of a full sashay"....
Here is a little European gimmic call belonging to the same figure family: "guillutine"; the figure to be executed on this is: "heads roll away" (French Revolution)
Posted by Joachim Bradl on 16 February 2007 ID: 159
Half sashay will also work after Walk & Dodge from left hands waves (but not right hand waves!). Likewise for Scoot & Dodge from left hand waves.
Posted by Tony Collingwood on 19 March 2007 ID: 160