Square Dance Quick Tutorial

Split Counter Rotate

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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.

In a Counter Rotate action, each dancer in a group moves forward and turns around the center of the group, maintaining the same distance from the center and keeping the same shoulder toward the center. By default the amount of moving and turning is 1/4 of a circle (90 degrees), but the caller can specify some other fraction.

Split Counter Rotate means that the four dancers in each half of the square should Counter Rotate around the center of their own half. By far the most common applications of this call are from parallel waves and columns, where each half of the square is a mini-wave box. In that case, each half of the square is doing a Box Counter Rotate.

The result of Split Counter Rotate 1/4 from parallel waves is parallel columns. The result of Split Counter Rotate 1/4 from parallel columns is parallel waves. (This is also true for any other odd number of quarters, e.g., 3/4. For a Split Counter Rotate 1/2, waves would again become waves, and columns would again become columns.)

Split Counter Rotate can also be applied to diamonds.

Note carefully how this is different from Diamond Circulate from the same formation. The whole diamond turns, with the centers remaing centers and the points remaining points. The result of Split Counter Rotate 1/4 from twin diamonds is point-to-point diamonds, and vice versa.