Caller Notes

 Half Sashay -- [Basic]

Definition

From a Couple.

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.

Teaching Hints

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.

Equivalents

• Rollaway
• Right & Left Thru + Box The Gnat
• Square Thru 3 + U-Turn Back

Flow Considerations

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.

Good Uses

Half Sashay works well after calls that flow to the left. For example:
• Right & Left Thru
• Reverse Flutter Wheel
• Wheel Around
• Chain Down The Line
• Bend The Line (from L-H 2FL)
• Recycle (from L-H Wave)
• Wheel & Deal (New Centers) (from Out-Facing Lines)
• Wheel & Deal (from L-H 2FL)
• Sweep 1/4 (after L-H flow. e.g., Reverse Flutter Wheel, Sweep 1/4)
• Trade & Roll (from L-H columns)

Other places to use Half Sashay:

• From a Squared Set, or from zero-flow (e.g., Heads Square Thru as Sides Half Sashay)
• After Cloverleaf
• From a Completed Double Pass Thru, do a Centers In, Cast Off 3/4, then Centers Half Sashay (normal couples CPDPT ends in normal couples Facing Lines)

Half Sashay does not work well after calls that flow to the right (e.g., Flutter Wheel, Recycle (from R-H Wave)).

Avoid these uses!

Gimmicks

From Facing Lines: Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay, Centers Half Sashay, all Half Sashay, Centers Half Sashay.

Interesting use: Right & Left Thru & 1/4 More; Half Sashay.

Extensions

Reverse Half Sashay is the mirror image of Half Sashay.

On Reverse Half Sashay, dancers exchange places by having the Beau sidestep in front of the Belle, as the Belle sidestep behind the Beau.

Choreography

 Static Set ➔ Resolve Half Sashay

 Singing call (Corner progression) Half Sashay

 Stir the bucket Half Sashay

 Basic   Easy   ID=689Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Half Sashay, Face Your Original Partner, Pass Thru, Star Thru (with the next), California Twirl, Four Ladies Chain 3/4(Rotated)Basic   Medium   ID=688Four Ladies Chain 3/4, Half Sashay, Four Boys Chain 3/4, Half Sashay(Rotated) Basic   Medium   ID=4293Heads Half Sashay & Pass Thru, Separate Around 1 To A Line, Square Thru 3, Wheel & Deal, Centers Sweep 1/4 & Backaway, 4 Ladies Chain 3/4(Rotated)

 Static Set ➔ Zero Line Half Sashay

 Zero Line ➔ Resolve Half Sashay

 Basic   Medium   ID=2921(Zero Line)Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay, Centers Square Thru 4, Ends Touch 1/4 & That Boy Run Right, All Square Thru 3, L.ABasic   Medium   ID=3462(Zero Line)Right & Left Thru, Flutter Wheel, Reverse Flutter Wheel, Half Sashay, Centers Flutter Wheel, Sweep 1/4, Others Touch 1/4 & That Boy Run, Centers Pass Thru, Box The Gnat, R.L.GBasic   Medium   ID=6504(Zero Line)Pass The Ocean, Swing Thru, Girls Run, Girls Trade, Couples Circulate, Bend The Line, Half Sashay, Touch 1/4, Girls Run, R.L.GBasic   Medium   ID=6512(Zero Line)Right & Left Thru, Centers Half Sashay, Ends Star Thru, Centers Square Thru 4, All Pass Thru, Trade By, Square Thru 3, L.ABasic   Medium   ID=6514(Zero Line)Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay, Centers Half Sashay, All Square Thru 3, Bend The Line, Centers Star Thru, L.AMainstream   Easy   ID=6501(Zero Line)Right & Left Thru, Square Thru 3, Half Sashay, Centers Half Sashay, Ends Cross Fold, R.L.GMainstream   Medium   ID=6491(Zero Line)Right & Left Thru & 1/4 More, Half Sashay, Boys Trade, Ferris Wheel, Centers Pass Thru, R.L.GMainstream   Medium   ID=6502(Zero Line)Pass Thru, Bend The Line, Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay, Square Thru 4, Outsides Cloverleaf, Centers Square Thru 4, R.L.G Mainstream   Medium   ID=6509(Zero Line)Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay 1 & 1/2, Boys Swing Thru, Extend, Swing Thru Double, Walk & Dodge, U-Turn Back, Square Thru 4, R.L.GMainstream   Medium   ID=6513(Zero Line)Right & Left Thru & 1/4 More,Trailers Half Sashay,Couples Circulate,Ferris Wheel,Centers Swing Thru,Extend,Spin The Top,Right & Left Thru,Dixie Style To An Allemande LeftMainstream   Medium   ID=6526(Zero Line)Pass Thru,Wheel & Deal,Centers Half Sashay,Double Pass Thru,Centers In, Cast Off 3/4,Centers Half Sashay, Ends Box The Gnat,All Pass The Ocean,Girls Trade,Boys Run,Promenade HomeMainstream   Medium   ID=6533(Zero Line)Pass Thru, Wheel & Deal, Centers Half Sashay, Double Pass Thru, Cloverleaf, Centers Swing Thru, Extend, Girls Trade, Recycle, L.AMainstream   Medium   ID=6534(Zero Line)Pass Thru, Wheel & Deal, Centers Half Sashay, Double Pass Thru, Centers In, Cast Off 3/4, Square Thru 3, Wheel & Deal, Centers Pass Thru, R.L.GPlus   Easy   ID=5981(Zero Line)Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay, Single Circle 3/4 To A Wave, Circulate, Boys Run, L.APlus   Easy   ID=6532(Zero Line)Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay, Centers Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay, All Square Thru 3, Bend The Line & Roll, Centers Pass Thru, R.L.G

 Zero Line ➔ Zero Line Half Sashay

 Basic   Medium   ID=2712(Zero Line)Pass Thru, Wheel & Deal, Centers Half Sashay, Zoom, Centers Square Thru 3, Dosado To A Wave, Swing Thru, Boys Run(Zero Line)

 Zero Box ➔ Resolve Half Sashay

 Basic   Easy   ID=6516(Zero Box)Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay, Pass Thru, R.L.GBasic   Medium   ID=4336(Zero Box)Square Thru 3, Centers Left Swing Thru, Outsides U-Turn Back, Extend (L-H), Chain Down The Line, Half Sashay, Star Thru, L.AMainstream   Medium   ID=2996(Zero Box)Right & Left Thru, Half Sashay, Touch 1/4, Scoot Back, Girls Run, Square Thru 4, R.L.G Mainstream   Medium   ID=6550(Zero Box)Swing Thru, Girls Run, Girls Circulate, Ferris Wheel, Half Sashay, Double Pass Thru, Centers In, Cast Off 3/4, Centers Star Thru, L.APlus   Medium   ID=5484(Zero Box)Square Thru 4, Chase Right But (Boys) Swing Thru, Extend, Boys Run, Reverse Flutter Wheel, Sweep 1/4, Half Sashay, R.L.G

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.
Posted by Kris Jensen on 31 January 2007     ID: 157

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