PAIR DANCING - LESSON 11
DIAMOND CALLS

2009 CPSD


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11.1   CALLS THAT FORM DIAMONDS

There are two types of diamonds, the CIRCULATION DIAMOND (or just DIAMOND) and the FACING DIAMOND.


Diamond

Figure 11-1. CIRCULATION DIAMOND (or just DIAMOND). 


Facing Diamond

Figure 11-2. FACING DIAMOND


11.1.1   CENTERS HINGE or CAST OFF 3/4

TWO-FACED LINE: The center dancers of the TWO-FACED line either HINGE or CAST OFF 3/4. The dancers end up in a DIAMOND.  The center dancers are traded in a CAST OFF 3/4, not shown.

 ANIMATI0N    
Line to Diamond

ANIMATI0N   
Diamond to Line

Hinge to a Diamond

Figure 11-3. CENTERS HINGE from a line to form a diamond

WAVE: The center dancers of the WAVE either HINGE or CAST OFF 3/4. The dancers end up in a FACING DIAMOND. The center dancers are traded in a CAST OFF 3/4 not shown.

 ANIMATI0N   
Wave to Facing Diamond

TBD
Facing Diamond to Wave
Hinge to a Diamond

Figure 11-4. CENTERS HINGE from a wave to form a facing diamond.


11.1.2   DIAMOND CIRCULATE

DIAMOND: Each dancer moves forward to the next position in the DIAMOND, changing the original facing direction by one-quarter (90) around the center of the diamond. The dancers end up in a new DIAMOND.

Points become centers, and centers become oints.

 ANIMATI0N  


Deamond Circulate

Figure 11-5. DIAMOND CIRCULATE.

FACING DIAMOND: Each dancer moves forward to the next position in the DIAMOND, passing right shoulders and changing the original facing direction one-quarter (90) toward the center of the diamond.  The dancers end up in a new FACING DIAMOND.

Points become centers, and centers become points.

 ANIMATI0N
Facing Diamond Circulate

Figure 11-6. FACING DIAMOND CIRCULATE.


11.1.3   FLIP THE DIAMOND

DIAMOND:  The center dancers do a DIAMOND CIRCULATE to the next position, while the points run ("Flip" 180) into the nearest center position. All dancers join hands. The dancers end up in a WAVE.

 ANIMATI0N 
Flip the Diamond

Figure 11-7. FLIP THE DIAMOND.


FACING DIAMOND: The center dancers do a DIAMOND CIRCULATE to the next position, while the points run ("Flip" 180) into the nearest center position. All dancers join hands.  The dancers end up in a WAVE.

Note: When "flipping", the points always take the inside path, and the centers always take the outside path. This is, in some cases, an exception t the “Pass Right Shoulder Rule”.

 ANIMATI0N  
Flip the Facing Diamond

Figure 11-8. FLIP THE FACING DIAMOND.


11.1.4   CUT THE DIAMOND

DIAMOND:  The center dancers do a DIAMOND CIRCULATE to the next position, while the points slide together and trade. All dancers join hands. The dancers end up in a TWO FACED LINE.

 ANIMATI0N 
Cut the Diamond

Figure 11-9. CUT THE DIAMOND.

FACING DIAMOND: The center dancers do a DIAMOND CIRCULATE to the next position in the diamond, while the points slide together and trade. All dancers join hands to become a WAVE.

 ANIMATI0N 
Cut the Facing Diamond

Figure 11-10. CUT THE FACING DIAMOND.


11.2   SUMMARY of calls involving DIAMONDS

    CENTERS CAST OFF 3/4 (060)
    CENTERS HINGE (068)
    CUT THE DIAMOND ((077)
    DIAMOND CIRCULATE (078)
    FLIP THE DIAMOND (084)


11.3   PRACTICE CALL SEQUENCES

 MUSIC FOR TYRING THE EXERCISES

11.3.1   EXERCISE 11.1 – FLIP THE DIAMOND

   
SQUARE YOUR SET
    VEER LEFT  
    CENTERS HINGE  
    DIAMOND CIRCULATE 
    FLIP THE DIAMOND  
    RECYCLE (home)

11.3.2   EXERCISE 11.2 – FLIP THE FACING DIAMOND

   
SQUARE YOUR SET
    STEP TO A WAVE  
    CENTERS HINGE   
    DIAMOND CIRCULATE    
    FLIP THE DIAMOND     
    WHEEL & DEAL (home)    

11.3.3   EXERCISE 11.3 – CUT THE DIAMOND

     
SQUARE YOUR SET
    VEER LEFT             
    CENTERS CASE OFF 3/4   
    DIAMOND CIRCULATE  
    CUT THE DIAMOND   
    RECYCLE (home)  

11.3.4   EXERCISE 11.4 – FLIP THE FACING DIAMOND

   
SQUARE YOUR SET
    STEP TO A WAVE  
    CENTERS CAST OFF 3/4  
    DIAMOND CIRCULATE  
    CUT THE DIAMOND 
    WHEEL & DEAL (home)

CALLER’S NOTE:

CUT THE DIAMOND starts and ends in the same type of line or wave, whereas the FLIP THE DIAMOND starts as either a line of wave and ends up as the opposite. Also a WAVE is converted into a BOX with the call RECYCLE, whereas a LINE is converted into a BOX with WHEEL & DEAL.



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