Square Dance Quick Tutorial


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Alamo Rings
All 8 Circulate
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Allemande Left
Any Hand
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Bend the Line
Box Circulate
Box Counter Rotate
Box the Gnat
Brace Thru
California Twirl
Cast a Shadow
Cast Off 3/4
Centers In
Chain Down the Line
Chain Reaction
Chase Right
Clover and ...
Column Circulate
Couple Numbers
Couples Circulate
Couples Hinge
Couples Trade
Courtesy Turn
Cross Over Circulate
Cross Run
Cross Trail Thru
Cut the Diamond
Cut the Hourglass
Cycle and Wheel
Diamond Circulate
Dixie Grand
Dixie Style to a Wave
Dosado to a Wave
Double Pass Thru
Double Star Thru
Ends Bend
Explode and ...
Explode the Line
Explode the Wave
Fan the Top
Ferris Wheel
Flip the Diamond
Flip the Hourglass
Fold (and Cross Fold)
Follow Your Neighbor
fractional Tops
Grand Square
Grand Swing Thru
Half Sashay
Half Tag
Hourglass Circulate
Horseshoe Turn
In Roll Circulate
Ladies Chain
Ladies In Men Sashay
Left Swing Thru
Linear Cycle
Load the Boat
Out Roll Circulate
Pair Off
Partner Hinge
Partner Tag
Partner Trade
Pass and Roll
Pass In
Pass the Ocean
Pass the Sea
Pass Thru
Pass to the Center
Peel Off
Peel the Top
Ping Pong Circulate
Quarter In
Quarter Thru
Recycle (from a wave)
Recycle (from facing couples)
Right and Left Thru
Right Roll to a Wave
Scoot and Dodge
Scoot Back
Single Circle to a Wave
Single Wheel
Six by Two Acey Deucey
Slide Thru
Spin Chain & Exch. the Gears
Spin Chain the Gears
Spin Chain Thru
Spin the Top
Split Circulate
Split Counter Rotate
Split Square Thru
Square Chain Thru
Square Thru
Star Thru
Step and Slide
Step to a Wave
Swap Around
Sweep 1/4
Swing and Mix
Swing Thru
Tag the Line
Three Quarter Tag
Touch 1/4
Track 2
Trade By
Trade Circulate
Trade the Wave
Transfer the Column
Triple Scoot
Triple Star Thru
Triple Trade
Turn and Deal
Turn Thru
Walk and Dodge
Weave the Ring
Wheel and Deal
Wheel Around
Wheel Thru
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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.

Recycle starts from a wave. The ends and centers have separate things to do, but they all start moving at the same time, and when the action is done they form facing couples.

The end dancer does a Cross Fold to face the center dancer in the other half of the wave.

But the center dancer won't be there by then, because the center dancer will have started moving also. The center dancer starts by doing a Fold behind the adjacent end dancer. But that end dancer will already be gone.

The original center dancer continues by following the end dancer and continuing to turn, and takes hands with the end dancer to form a couple.

Note that at the beginning of the action both the end dancer and the center dancer start turning toward the hand-hold that they have with each other. From a right-handed wave, everybody will start by turning to the right. They can help each other get started turning in the correct direction by giving a slight tug on each other. But the end dancer should not try to "drag" the center dancer around. Each dancer is responsible for doing their own part.

From a left-handed wave, the actions are the same except that everybody will start turning to the left.

Note that the original center dancer actually turns all the way around (360 degrees) by the time the action is over. The end dancer only turns around halfway (180 degrees). The end and adjacent center must drop hands as they start to turn. They can take hands again, as a couple, as soon as they get to the point that they are both turning to face in approximately the same direction, toward the other couple.