For an excellent internet site with ANIMATED Square Dance Calls,
go to www.tamtwirlers.org/tamination/ --- (Tam Twirlers' "Taminations")
BASIC / MAINSTREAM CALLS
01. Dancer Naming --- a) Partner/Corner, b) Heads/Sides, c) Couples #1, #2, #3, #4, d) Boys/Girls, e) Centers/Ends
02. Circle Family --- Dancers join hands to form a circle, face slightly left or right as directed and move forward around the circle the distance directed. When left or right is not specified for circle, it is a circle to the left.
03. Foward & Back --- Each dancer steps forward three steps and pauses while bringing the free foot forward and touching it to the floor without transferring weight. Each steps back three steps beginning with the free foot and pauses while touching the free foot beside the weight-bearing foot. From facing lines of four or similar situations where eight counts are not appropriate, 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.
04. Do Sa Do --- Dancers advance and pass right shoulders. Without turning, each dancer moves to the right passing in back of the other dancer. Then moving backwards, each passes left shoulders returning to starting position.
05. Swing --- Dancers step forward ending right side to right side and move around each other turning in a clockwise direction four or more counts. Dancers break out of the swing. The lady continues turning to her right until facing the same direction as the man, they form a couple.
06. Promenade Family --- a) COUPLES PROMENADE: As a unit the couple walks forward around the circle counterclockwise. Unless otherwise specified, they promenade until reaching the man's home position. At the end of the promenade the couple turns, as a unit, to face the center of the set. If promenading to the man's home position, the couple always goes at least one quarter around the square. If need be, they continue past the man's home position for another full time around. b) SINGLE FILE PROMENADE: Dancers move forward in single file counterclockwise or clockwise around the circle, as directed.
07. Allemande Left --- Dancers face their corners and turn by the left forearm. Releasing armholds and stepping forward, each dancer ends facing his partner.
08. Arm Turns --- a) LEFT ARM TURN: Dancers join left forearms and walk forward around each other the distance specified; e.g. half, three quarters, full, etc. b) RIGHT ARM TURN: Like left arm turn except dancers turn with the right forearm.
09. Right and Left Grand Family --- a) RIGHT AND LEFT GRAND: If necessary, dancers turn to face opposite sex (men counter-clockwise, ladies clockwise) join right hands, if not already joined, and pull by. Each moves ahead, around the circle, and gives the left hand to the next, a right to the next and a left to the next until each dancer meets the person with whom he started. b) WEAVE THE RING: A right and left grand without touching hands. c) WRONG WAY GRAND: Like right and left grand, but men move clockwise and ladies move counterclockwise.
10. Star Family --- a) LEFT HAND STAR, b) RIGHT HAND STAR. The directed dancers step forward and extend designated hands to form a left or right hand star. Dancers turn the star by walking forward in a circle around the center of the star. Turning distance of the star may be specified in fractions of one quarter, one half, three quarters, or a complete revolution.
11. Star Promenade --- Directed dancers form a star and place the other arm around the waist of another directed dancer. Turn the star and promenade the distance specified.
12. Pass Thru --- Dancers move forward, passing right shoulders with each other. Each ends in the other's starting position but neither dancer changes facing direction.
13. Split The Outside Couple --- The active or directed couple moves forward between the outside couple who sidesteps slightly to let them through then sidesteps back together again.
14. Half Sashay Family --- a) HALF SASHAY: Partners exchange places without changing facing directions. Dancer on the right sidesteps to the left, while the other dancer on the left steps back, sidesteps to the right, then steps forward to rejoin partner. b) ROLLAWAY: The directed dancer, or if not specified the dancer on the right, rolls across a full turn in front of the dancer on the left, as he sidesteps to the right -to exchange places. From a circle, unless otherwise directed, the ladies roll left across in front of the men. (c) LADIES IN, MEN SASHAY: Starting formation -circle or line with alternating men and ladies. With all dancers facing in, the ladies step forward and pause, while the men move to the left behind and past one lady. Ladies step back and rejoin hands with the men. If the circle is moving to the right, the men sashay to the right.
15. Turn Back Family --- a) U TURN BACK: The dancer does an in-place about-face turn (180?), turning toward partner unless the body flow dictates otherwise. If alone (i.e. no partner), the dancer turns toward the center of the set. If the dancer is facing directly toward or away from the center of the set, he may turn in either direction. b) GENTS OR LADIES BACKTRACK: The dancer does a U turn back by stepping out and turning away from partner or the center of the set.
16. Separate --- The dancers in the couple turn back to back with each other and walk forward around the outside of the square. The distance traveled is determined by the next call.
17. Courtesy Turn --- The man (left hand dancer) takes the lady's (right hand dancer) left hand (palm down) in his left (palm up) and places his right hand in the small of the lady's back. Working as a unit, the couple turns around with the left hand dancer backing up and right hand dancer walking forward. Unless otherwise specified, the couple faces the center of the set or the center of the formation in which it is working.
18. Ladies Chain Family --- a) TWO LADIES CHAIN: The ladies step forward, extend right hands to each other and pull by. Each man steps forward and to the right, turning left to face the same direction as the lady beside him. The lady extends a left hand to the man for a courtesy turn. Couples end facing each other. b) FOUR LADIES CHAIN: Starting formation -square or circle of 8 dancers. Similar to two ladies chain except that all four ladies step to the center and form a right hand star. They turn the star halfway around to their opposite men. All courtesy turn to face the center of the set. NOTE: TWO (or FOUR) LADIES CHAIN THREE QUARTERS: Starting formation -facing couples, a square or circle of 8 dancers. The directed ladies step to the center, form a right hand star and turn the star three quarters. All courtesy turn to face the center of the set. c) CHAIN DOWN THE LINE: From a right hand line or left hand ocean wave, centers trade while ends adjust as necessary. Then the ends courtesy turn the centers. Ending formation is facing couples.
19. Do Pa So --- Each dancer faces partner or directed dancer and does a left arm turn half to face in the opposite direction. Releasing armholds and moving forward, each dancer goes to the corner for a right arm turn half (180?). Each returns to the starting partner to courtesy turn to face the center of the set or to follow the next call.
20. Lead Right --- Dancers step forward, join right hands with the dancer directly ahead and pull by. Each couple then does a courtesy turn to face the other couple.
21. Right And Left Thru --- Dancers step forward, join right hands with the dancer directly ahead and pull by. Each couple then does a courtesy turn to face the other couple.
22. Grand Square --- A call that has the sides doing one part while at the same time the heads are doing another. Heads move forward into the square (4 steps), turning one quarter on the fourth step to face partners and back away to the sides of the square (4 steps). Turn one quarter to face the original opposites. Back away to the corners of the square (4 steps) and turn one quarter to face original partners and walk forward to home (4 steps). Do not turn. (Total to here: 16 steps.) From this point the action is reversed. Heads back away from their partners (4 steps), turning one quarter on the fourth step and walk forward to the opposites (4 steps). Turn one quarter and walk forward into the center toward partners (4 steps). Turn one quarter to face opposites and back up to home (total: 32 steps). While the head couples are doing the first 16 steps, the sides start by facing their partners to back away and do the second 16 steps. Completing this, the sides do the first 16 steps, while the heads are doing the last 16. The principle of walking three steps and then turning (or reversing) on the fourth step is followed throughout. This call may be broken into fractional parts by the caller directing the number of steps required. The call may also start with the heads, or other designated dancers, directed to face.
23. Star Thru --- Man's right hand is placed against the lady's left, palm to palm with fingers up, to make an arch. As the dancers move forward the lady does a one quarter left face turn under the arch, while the man does a one quarter turn to the right moving behind the lady. They end up side by side with the lady on the man's right.
24. Circle to a Line --- Couples circle left one half. The lead dancer in the couple who started on the inside (man's position) releases the left handhold, but retains the handhold of the dancer on his right to become the left end dancer of the line. The released dancer moves forward under the raised arm arch formed by that dancer and the adjacent dancer to become the right end dancer in the line.
25. Bend the Line --- The center dancers in the line drop hands with each other. With each half of the line working as a unit, the ends move forward while the centers back up until both halves of the line are facing.
26. All Around The Corner --- All dancers face their corners. Walking forward and around each other while keeping right shoulders adjacent, dancers return to face their partner.
27. See Saw --- When combined with all around the left hand lady, each dancer walks forward and around the partner keeping left shoulders adjacent, then steps forward to face the corner. In all other cases, it is a left shoulder dosado. Dancers advance and pass left shoulders. Each without turning moves to the left passing in back of the other dancer and then moves backward passing right shoulders returning to starting position.
28. Square Thru Family --- a) SQUARE THRU: Facing dancers join right hands and pull by. Turn in one quarter, join left hands and pull by. (A half square thru has been completed.) Turn in one quarter and join right hands with facing dancer and pull by. (A three quarter square thru has been completed.) Turn in one quarter, join left hands and pull by but do not turn. (A full square thru has been completed.) Variations of square thru may be specified by fractions or by the number of hands, e.g. square thru three quarters is the same as square thru three hands, etc. b) LEFT SQUARE THRU: Similar to square thru except that it is started with the left hand and hands are alternated accordingly. When a left square thru is required, "left square thru" must be directed.
29. California Twirl --- Partners join hands (man's right with lady's left) and raise them to form an arch. The lady walks forward and under their joined hands making a one half left-face turn while the man walks around the lady in a clockwise direction one half (180?). Dancers have exchanged places and are both facing in the opposite direction from which they started.
30. Dive Thru --- The couple whose back is to the center of the square (unless a specific couple is directed) makes an arch by raising their joined inside hands. The other couple ducks under the arch and moves forward. The couple making the arch moves forward and does a California twirl. If neither couple has its back to the center of the set, then one couple must be directed to dive thru the other couple.
31. Wheel Around --- The couple, working as a unit, turns around (180 degrees). The left hand dancer backs up while the right hand dancer moves forward. The pivot point is the handhold between the two dancers.
32. Thar Family --- a) ALLEMANDE THAR: An allemande thar star is a formation and may be formed at the end of any left arm turn by the center dancers (or those directed) forming a right hand box star and backing up. Each outside dancer holds the left forearm of a center dancer and walks forward. b) WRONG WAY THAR: A wrong way thar may be formed at the end of any right arm turn by the center dancers (or those directed) forming a left hand box star and backing up. Outside dancers hold the right forearm of a center dancer and walk forward.
33. Shoot the Star --- The handholds forming the center star are released as each center dancer and the adjacent outside dancer arm turn one half or full as directed. If half or full is not directed, the arm turn is one half.
34. Slip the Clutch --- Dancers in the center of the thar stop and, while retaining the star, release armholds with the dancers beside them. Everyone then moves forward within the circle in which he was traveling while in the thar.
35. Box the Gnat --- Dancers step forward, join and then raise their right hands. The lady steps forward and does a left-face U turn back under the raised joined hands, as the man walks forward and around the lady while doing a right-face U turn back. Dancers end facing each other, each in the other's starting position.
36. Ocean Wave Family --- 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. a) 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. b) 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.
37. Alamo Ring Formation --- a) 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. 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.
38. Pass The Ocean --- Dancers pass thru, turn in to face their partners and step into a right hand ocean wave.
39. Extend from 1/4 tag --- Dancers in the wave release hands and step forward to the couple they are facing and join hands in a right hand wave. If the wave is left handed, dancers extend to a left hand wave. Note: Centers in the wave remain centers in the new waves and ends in the wave end as ends in the new waves.
40. Swing Thru Family --- a) SWING THRU: Those who can, turn by the right one half, then those who can, turn by the left one half. If "right" is not specified preceding the command to swing thru, it is a right swing thru. b) ALAMO SWING THRU: Everyone turns half by the right, then everyone turns half by the left. When left swing thru is directed from an alamo formation, everyone turns half by the left, then everyone turns half by the right. c) LEFT SWING THRU: Those who can, turn by the left one half, then those who can, turn by the right one half. If left swing thru is required, it must be specifically directed "left swing thru".
41. Run Family --- GENERAL RULE: The directed (active) dancer moves forward in a semi-circle around an adjacent (inactive) dancer to end in the adjacent dancer's starting position. Meanwhile, the inactive dancer, who may be facing in any direction, adjusts by stepping (without changing facing direction) into the vacated starting position of the active dancer. The active dancer doing the run has reversed his original facing direction. If the direction to run is not specified (right or left) and if the active dancer has an inactive dancer on each side, then centers run around ends and ends run around centers. Runs from an alamo circle are to the right unless otherwise directed. a) BOYS RUN, b) GIRLS RUN, c) ENDS RUN, d) CENTERS RUN: The directed (active) dancers run around the inactive dancers using the general rule. e) CROSS RUN: Starting formation -line, two-faced line, or wave. Each of the two directed (active) dancers, who must both be either centers or ends, run into the spot vacated by the farthest inactive dancer. If the inactive dancers are centers, they sidestep to become ends; if they are ends, they sidestep to become centers. When the active dancers are both facing the same direction, they move forward in a semi-circle, pass each other and then run into the vacated spot on the far side.
42. Trade Family --- GENERAL RULE: Any two directed dancers exchange places by walking forward in a semi-circle ending in the other dancer's starting position. Each trading dancer has reversed his original facing direction. If the trading dancers start while facing in the same direction, they pass right shoulders when they meet per the right shoulder rule (see Passing Rule). a) BOYS TRADE, b) GIRLS TRADE, c) ENDS TRADE, d) CENTERS TRADE: Directed dancers (boys, girls, ends or centers) exchange places, changing facing directions using the general rule. e) COUPLES TRADE: Starting formation -line or two-faced line. Working as a unit, each couple exchanges places with the other couple in the same line. Couples, as a unit, follow the right shoulder passing rule as defined for individual dancers. f) PARTNER TRADE: Starting formation -couple, mini wave. Two dancers exchange places with each other.
43. Wheel And Deal --- a) WHEEL AND DEAL (from a line of four). The left hand couple only takes a step forward. The couples wheel (180 degrees) toward the center of the line with the center dancer of each couple acting as the pivot point about which the couples turn. The couple that started on the right half of the line wheels in front of the other couple. Both couples end facing the same direction with the original left hand couple standing behind the original right hand couple. (b) WHEEL AND DEAL (from a two-faced line): Each couple steps straight ahead one step. Each couple then wheels toward the center of the line with the center dancer of each couple acting as the pivot point about which the couples turn. Couples end facing each other.
44. Double Pass Thru --- Dancers move forward, passing right shoulders with two other dancers to finish facing away from the center of the set in a completed double pass thru formation.
45. First Go L/R Next Go L/R --- Each couple works as a unit and walks forward in an arc in the indicated direction.
46. Zoom --- From one couple following another, each dancer in the lead couple separates away from his partner and walks around a full circle (360?) to end in the position of the dancer who was directly behind him. Meanwhile, each trailing dancer steps directly forward into the vacated position of the lead dancer. Every dancer ends facing in the same direction he started. From a setup where one dancer is following another, the lead dancer walks away from the center of the square and around in a full circle (360?) to the position of the dancer who was directly behind him. Meanwhile, the trailing dancer steps directly forward into the position vacated by the lead dancer.
47. Flutter Wheel Family --- a) FLUTTERWHEEL: The right hand dancers go in to the center and turn by the right forearm. As they move adjacent to the opposite dancer, they reach out with the free (left) hand and, taking the right hand of the opposite dancer, each continues on around to the original right hand dancer's starting position, releasing arms in the center and turning as a couple to face the center. b) REVERSE FLUTTERWHEEL: Generally the same as flutterwheel except that the two left-hand dancers start with a left forearm turn and pick up the opposite dancers to return to their (the left hand dancer's) starting position.
48. Sweep a Quarter --- Dancers continue the circling movement one quarter in the direction of their body flow.
49. Veer Family --- Two facing couples working as a unit, or two facing dancers move to the left (or right, as directed) and forward to end in a two-faced line or mini wave respectively. From a mini wave or a two-faced line, the veering direction must be toward the center of the mini wave or line. Each dancer, or couple working as a unit, moves forward and inward to end back to back with the other dancer or couple respectively.
50. Trade By --- The couples facing each other pass thru, the couples facing out do a partner trade to face in.
51. Touch 1/4 --- Dancers touch and without stopping turn one quarter by the right.
52. Circulate Family --- GENERAL RULE: Directed (active) dancers move forward along the circulate path to the next position. The circulate paths for various formations are indicated by the dotted lines in the diagrams. a) BOYS CIRCULATE, b) GIRLS CIRCULATE, c) ALL EIGHT CIRCULATE, d) ENDS CIRCULATE, e) CENTERS CIRCULATE: Directed dancers circulate using the general rule. f) COUPLES CIRCULATE: Starting formation -lines or two-faced lines. Each couple, working as a unit, moves forward along the circulate path to the next position, using the general rule. g) BOX CIRCULATE: Starting formation -box circulate. Each dancer moves forward along the circulate path to the next position, using the general rule. h) SINGLE FILE CIRCULATE (COLUMN): Starting formation -columns. Each dancer moves forward along the circulate path to the next position, using the general rule. i) SPLIT CIRCULATE: Starting formation -lines, waves or columns. The formations divide into two separate boxes and dancers circulate within their own foursome, using the general rule.
53. Ferris Wheel --- The couples facing out wheel and deal to become the outside couples in a double pass thru formation. Meanwhile, the couples facing in step straight ahead to momentarily form a two-faced line in the center. Without stopping, they wheel and deal in that line to end as the center couples in a double pass thru formation.
54. Cloverleaf --- The lead dancers separate and move away from each other in a three quarter circle. When each lead dancer meets another lead dancer from the other side of the square, they become partners and step forward to the center of the square. Each trailing dancer follows the dancer in front of him and ends directly behind that same dancer. A single couple facing out does the lead dancer's part as described, but they may not step all the way into the center at the end of the call.
55. Turn Thru --- Each dancer steps forward to join right forearms with the other dancer. They turn by the right one half, release armholds and step forward, ending back to back with each other.
56. Eight Chain Thru --- Facing dancers join right hands and pull by (this completes an eight chain one). The center facing dancers join left hands and pull by while the outside dancers do a courtesy turn (this completes an eight chain two). Repeat these actions in sequence to achieve eight chain three, eight chain four, etc. Eight chain thru is the same as eight chain eight. Even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8) end in an eight chain thru formation. Odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7) end in a trade by formation.
57. Pass to the Center --- All pass thru. The dancers now on the outside partner trade. Ends in double pass thru formation.
58. Spin the Top --- Each end and the adjacent center dancer turn one half (180?). The new center dancers turn three quarters (270?) while each outside dancer moves forward in a quarter circleto meet the same center dancer with whom he started. Ends in an ocean wave which is at right angles to the original starting wave.
59. Centers In -- The outside dancers step apart as the centers step forward and between them to form a line.
60. Cast Off 3/4 --- Each half of the line or wave works as a unit and moves forward around a pivot point three quarters. If the adjoining dancers are facing the same direction, the end dancer becomes the pivot while the other dancer moves ina semi-circle around the pivot. If the adjoining dancers are facing in opposite directions, the pivot point is the handhold between them and they move equally around that pivot point.
61. Walk & Dodge --- From box circulate formation, each dancer facing into the box walks forward to take the place of the dancer who was directly in front of him. Meanwhile, each dancer facing out of the box steps sideways (dodges) into the position vacated by the "walker" who was formerly beside him. Dancers end side byside, both facing out. If walk and dodge is called from facing couples, the caller must designate who is to walk and who is to dodge (e.g., "men walk,ladies dodge"). Ending is a box circulate formation.
62. Slide Thru --- Dancers pass thru. A man always turns right one quarter; a lady always turns left one quarter. Dancers end side by side with each other.
63. Fold Family --- GENERAL RULE: Directed dancers step forward and move in a small semi-circle to end facing toward an adjacent dancer or position. The adjacent inactive dancer may be facing in any direction and does not move. If not specified, centers fold toward ends and vice versa. a) BOYS FOLD, b) GIRLS FOLD, c)ENDS FOLD, d) CENTERS FOLD: Directed active dancers fold toward the inactive dancers using the general rule. e) CROSS FOLD: Starting formation-line, two-faced line, or wave. The directed (active) dancers who must either both be centers or both be ends, fold toward the farthest inactivedancer by walking in a semi-circle to end facing toward that same dancer. When the active dancers are both facing the same direction, they move forward in a semi-circle, pass each other and fold toward the inactivedancer.
64. Dixie Style Ocean Wave --- From Facing Couples: The right hand dancer steps forward andto the left to become the lead dancer in a tandem. Lead dancers join righthands and pull by. Moving to the other trailing dancer, each extends a left hand and touches to a left hand mini wave and turns one quarter. New center dancers join right hands and form a left hand ocean wave.
65. Spin Chain Thru --- Each end and the adjacent center dancer turn one half. The new centers of each ocean wave turn three quarters to make a new ocean wave across the set. Thetwo centers of this wave turn one half to reform the wave across the set. The two outside pairs of dancers of the center wave now turn three quarters to join the waiting ends and form parallel ocean waves.
66. Tag the Line --- Each dancer turns to face the center of the line. Taking a short side step to the left, each dancer walks forward passing right shoulders with oncoming dancers until he has walked past all of the dancers from the other half of the line. The call may be followed by any one of the directions In, Out, Right or Left. When this happens, dancers turn in place one quarter in the direction indicated.
67. Half Tag --- Like tag the line, except the dancers stop walking forward when the original center from each side of the line meets the original end from the other side. If started from a four person line, the ending is a right hand box circulate formation; from longer lines the ending is a right hand column formation.
68. Scoot Back --- From Box: dancers facing in step straight forward to join adjacent forearms, turn half and step forward to end in the position vacated by the dancer who was facing out. Meanwhile, each dancer facing out runs into the position vacated by the dancer who is doing the forearm turn. When done from right hand boxes, the dancers facing in turn by the right and the dancers facing out run right. When done from left hand boxes, the dancers facing in turn by the left and the dancers facing out run left. Finishes in a box circulate formation. From quarter tag: dancers step ahead, join forearms (right if center wave was right handed or left if center wave was left handed), turn half and step straight forward. Those returning to the center step to a wave(using same hands as original wave); the others finish as a couple facing out. Ending formation is a 3/4 tag.
69. Fan the Top --- The centers of the line or wave turn three quarters while the outsided ancers move forward in a quarter circle. The ending formation is at right angles to the starting formation. Centers remain centers and ends remainends.
70. Hinge Family --- A hinge is a half of a trade. Any two adjacent couples or dancers who can trade can also hinge. a) COUPLES HINGE: Starting formation-line or two-faced line. Working as a unit, each couple does half of a couples trade to end in a two-faced line at right angles to the original line. b) SINGLE HINGE: Starting formation -mini wave. Dancers do half of a trade with each other to end in a mini wave at right angles to the original mini wave.
71. Recycle --- The ends of the wave cross fold as the centers of the wave fold in behind the ends and follow them around, then face in to end as two facing couples.
For an excellent internet site with ANIMATED Square Dance Calls,
go to www.tamtwirlers.org/tamination/ --- (Tam Twirlers' "Taminations")