Square Dance Quick Tutorial

Follow Your Neighbor

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  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.

The call Follow Your Neighbor is most frequently done from a mini-wave box. The trailers (those facing in) step straight forward and take hands to form a mini-wave, using the same hand that they were using to form the original mini-waves, then then Cast Off 3/4, becoming the center of a new wave.

Meanwhile the leaders (those facing out) step forward and start turning in the same direction, also turning 3/4 but by themselves, becoming the ends of the new wave.

Note that if Follow Your Neighbor starts in a right-handed box, it ends in a left-handed wave.

Conversely, if it starts in a left-handed box, then it ends in a right-handed wave.

As with Scoot Back, it is very important to notice whether you are starting in a right-handed or left-handed box, because this is what determines the hand-hold that is formed in the center, and this is the direction that everybody turns. As with Scoot Back, the trailers should be careful to walk straight ahead, without turning or veering, to take hands with each other.

In fact, the beginning of Follow Your Neighbor feels just like the beginning of a Scoot Back. The difference is that after the trailers meet, instead of turning 1/2 they turn 3/4 and then stay in the center. The leaders still walk forward and start turning, but instead of flipping over into the adjacent spot, they keep turning a total of 3/4 and stay out there to become the ends of a wave.