Heads Right and Left Thru
Head Ladies Chain
Sides Wheel Around
Those In The Head Position
Description: From a Squared Set, at the start of the tip, the Heads are the two opposing couples who are
facing toward or away from the caller. The Sides are the two opposing couples who are standing
perpendicular to the caller.
Dancers retain their Head or Side identity established when they first squared up. That is, "Heads"
means "Original Heads". Examples include Heads Run, Heads Trade, Sides Pass Thru, Sides Fold.
In a squared set, when the original Sides are standing in the Heads position, the caller must explicitly
designate "Original Heads" or "Those In The Head Position" because simply saying "Heads" could mean
either of these. Similarly for "Sides".
In a squared set, when a mixture of Heads and Sides occupies the Heads position, the caller should
explicitly designate "Head Man And The Girl With You" or "Those In The Head Position" because
simply saying "Heads" could mean either of these. Similarly for "Sides".
When a Head Man is promenading with a Side Woman, the term "Heads" means "Head Boy And The
Girl With You" (e.g., Heads Wheel Around). Similarly for "Sides".
The figure portion of singing calls almost always causes each woman to progress to a new man. Once
this has happened, she temporarily takes on the Head/Side identity and home position of that man.
Some areas "rotate" or "stir the bucket" (i.e., rotate the square 90 degrees to the right so everyone has
a new home position) before the singing call. This can be done by the caller as part of his last patter
sequence, or by the dancers before the singing calls starts. Either way, the dancers reestablish new
Heads and Sides for the singing call.