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Managing Choreography

In an earlier post, I offered this Get-Out to my readers: Zero Lines: Pass the Ocean Swing Thru Boys – Run Half Tag Face Right (Find Original Partner) Right and Left Grande While I believe that there is nothing wrong with it as it is, I think there’s a way...

Clever Mainstream Get-Outs

Here are a three interesting Get-Outs for the Mainstream Program. Two of them take dancers to their Corner for an Allemande Left. The third one takes dancers to their original Partner for a Right and Left Grande.  A fair warning, test these with checkers before using...

The Square Thru – Courtesy Turn Issue

In every class that I’ve taught (or been a part of as a dancer) I’ve found that there nearly always a couple of dancers that, when they learn the call Square Thru, after the 3rd hand, want to add a Courtesy Turn. The reason for this is pretty clear.  The...

Sequence

The numerical sequence of the dancers, I think, only becomes important when it is time to resolve. Given the symmetry of the square and the nature of the calls, dancers are either in sequence or they are out of sequence.  Sometimes, callers and dancers will describe...

Chaining the Ladies

A phrase square dance callers say very frequently is “Chain the Ladies.” I find this very amusing.  The command, Chain, comes from someone’s inability to either say (or hear) the word “Change.”  Callers “Change the Ladies.”...