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 Spin the Top is most frequently done from a wave. First, each end and the adjacent center Arm Turn 1/2 (or trade). Then the end and center dancers drop hands with each other, and everybody walks forward around the center point of the wave. The new end dancers walk 1/4 of a circle. Meanwhile the new center two dancers, holding hands with each other, do a Cast Off 3/4, walking in a smaller circle.
- Everybody ends up with the same person with whom they started.
- If they start facing head walls they end facing side walls, and if they start facing side walls they end facing head walls.
Spin the Top can also be done from facing couples. In this case, the dancers first step to a wave and trade with the dancers they were facing -- then the new centers turn 3/4 while the new ends walk 1/4 of a circle around them.