Ocean wave is a formation of three or more dancers holding adjacent hands and with each dancer facing
in an opposite direction to that of the adjoining dancer(s). MINI WAVE is an ocean wave consisting of two
dancers. RIGHT HAND WAVE: An ocean wave with an even number of dancers is a right-hand wave if
the end dancers and the dancers adjacent to them have right hands joined. LEFT HAND WAVE: An
ocean wave with an even number of dancers is a left-hand wave if the end dancers and the dancers adjacent
to them have left hands joined. ALAMO STYLE WAVE: Alamo style is a formation of an even number
of dancers in a circle holding adjacent hands and with each dancer facing in an opposite direction to that
of the adjoining dancers.
(a) STEP TO A WAVE: Starting formation - facing dancers. Dancers 1/2 Pass Thru (i.e. walk forward a
small step and make a mini-wave). Ending formation is a right-hand mini-wave. Usually STEP TO A
WAVE is called from facing couples, ending in a right-hand ocean wave.
(b) WAVE BALANCE: Starting formation - mini-wave, ocean wave. Each dancer steps forward and pauses
while bringing the other foot forward and touching it to the floor without transferring weight. Each steps
back on the free foot and pauses while touching the other foot beside it.
STYLING: Dancers should use hands-up position. Forward distance between dancers should be
determined by the arm position of the dancer which is extended forward and bent slightly at the elbow.
Care should be taken not to pull down on the partner's arm. In the Ocean Wave Balance, hands should
never come behind the shoulders. Step forward touch, step back touch. Or, as a pleasing variation, use
a two-step (step, close, step, hold) forward and a two-step (step, close, step, hold) back. Hands may be used
to resist forward motion to prevent stepping through too far. TIMING: One balance forward and back,