This "quick tutorial" introduces the general idea of a call and explains the most common cases. It does not explain or illustrate all cases. For additional details and/or examples, refer to the links in the "MORE INFO" box.
In the most common case of four dancers in a mini-wave box, all the dancers are moving and turning in the same direction at the same time, so they can maintain their hand-holds throughout the entire action. This case is an example of a Box Counter Rotate.
Note that the direction of the turning is determined by the facing direction of the dancers. If they have their right shoulders toward the center, they will be turning to their right, and moving clockwise around the center (as viewed from above).
If they have their left shoulders toward the center, they will be turning to their left, and moving counter-clockwise around the center.
The term Box Counter Rotate is most commonly applied to the center box of a larger formation. The caller will identify the four dancers somehow, e.g., Centers Box Counter Rotate. In a formation where there are two boxes side by side, if the caller wants the dancers to do a box counter rotate action in each box, usually the term Split Counter Rotate will be used instead.