Square Dance Tutorial

Guided Tour of A-1

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Grand 1/4 Thru
Grand 3/4 Thru
Grand Follow Your Neighbor
Triple Scoot
The Plus call Grand Swing Thru introduces the idea of a "Grand" call. The difference between Swing Thru and Grand Swing Thru is that in the Grand case the people in the very center trade with each other.

More generally, "Grand" changes a call that is normally done within a four-person formation into one where all eight people work together. Instead of the dancers staying strictly within their group of four, the people in the very center interact with each other. How, exactly, they interact depends on the call, but it is usually obvious from the nature of the call.

Here are the "Grand" calls used in A-1, listed along with the corresponding four-person calls:

Four-Person VersionGrand Version
Swing ThruGrand Swing Thru
1/4 ThruGrand 1/4 Thru
3/4 ThruGrand 3/4 Thru
Scoot BackTriple Scoot
Follow Your NeighborGrand Follow Your Neighbor

The Grand version of Scoot Back might have been called "Grand Scoot Back", but the name Triple Scoot is used for historical reasons.