SQUARE DANCE RULES
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- Couples, unless otherwise specified may be any combination of men and
- Facing Couples
- Some calls, which normally start from ocean waves, can also be done when
dancers are in-facing couples (e.g., all eight spin the top, grand swing thru,
relay the deucey, spin chain the gears). In this case, the dancers first step
into a momentary right hand ocean wave and complete the call, unless the caller
specifically directs a left hand call (e.g., left relay the deucey), in which
case the dancers step into a momentary left hand ocean wave and complete the
- Facing Dancers
- Facing dancers, unless otherwise specified, may be any combination of men
- Lost Squares
1. Return to home ASAP
2. Head ladies take their corners hand and head couples will back out to
form lines at the sides of the square.
3. On the caller's command, EVERYBODY go forward and back, they enter into
the dance pattern.
1. Recognize that a number of sets have broken down and have formed lines at
the sides of the hall.
2. Place the dancing squares into lines that they are in a normal boy/girl
3. Give the command EVERYBODY go forward and back in a bold voice which is
the command for the broken squares to enter into the dance pattern.
- Ocean Wave
- Some calls which normally start from facing couples can be done when
dancers are in ocean waves (e.g., right and left thru). In this case the dancers
have already stepped forward toward the facing dancers and are ready to complete
the remaining action of the directed call.
- The directed (active) dancer moves forward in a semi-circle (180') around
an adjacent (inactive) dancer to end in the adjacent dancer's starting position.
Meanwhile, the inactive dancer, who may be facing in any direction, adjusts by
stepping (without changing facing direction) into the vacated starting position
of the active dancer. The active dancer doing the run has reversed his original
facing direction. If the direction to run is not specified (right or left) and
if the active dancer has an inactive dancer on each side, then centers run
around ends and ends run around centers. Runs from an alamo circle are to the
right unless otherwise directed.
- Whenever two dancers are walking toward each other and are about to
collide, they pass right shoulders and continue.
- Same Position
- Whenever two dancers are walking toward each other and are required to
occupy the same position, they join hands in a mini wave, sharing that position.
- Those Who Can
- Refers to those who are so situated that they can execute intelligently the
given call. This is to assume that some of the dancers are not in the proper
- Any two directed dancers exchange places by walking forward in a
semi-circle ending in the other dancer's starting position. Each trading dancer
has reversed his original facing direction. If the trading dancers start while
facing in the same direction, they pass right shoulders when they meet per the
right shoulder passing rule.
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