PAIR DANCING - INTRODUCTION


This script describes lessons that use the subset of square dance calls that can be done with only two couples, that is, four people.

The lessons are organized to make it easy for one of the four dancers to learn and call dance sequences. Hence, the call teaching sequence is different from the order in which calls are usually taught to eight dancers in Modern Western Square Dancing.

The lessons recognize that most new dancers are "pattern walkers" as opposed to "definition dancers".  A "pattern walker" expects to associate with each call the same sequence of moves. Hence, initially only right-handed formations will be used. Even so, each dancer will have to learn some calls from both the men's and ladies' positions.

Some left-handed formations have been added in the last lessons, and these left-handed formations should only be used after the dancers and new callers are thoroughly familiar with the right-handed formations.

The exercises require that a rhythm be supplied either through music or by a synthetic rhythm machine. The dancers have to march to this rhythm in order to execute the calls in the time allotted.

The calls taught in the order given the the CALLERLAB, INC call list dated August 19, 2005 are summarized below.

******* 60 MAINSTREAM CALLS **********

    SQUARE YOUR SETS
    FACE IN and FACE OUT
    FACE LEFT and FACE RIGHT

    CIRCLE LEFT 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR HOME (002)
    UP TO THE MIDDLE AND BACK (003)
    DOSADO YOUR PARTNER (004)
    SWING YOUR PARTNER (005)
    PROMENADE 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR HOME (006)
    ALAMANDE LEFT (007)
    LEFT (RIGHT) ARM TURN  (007)
    STAR 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 OR TO ORIGINAL PARTNER (010)
    PASS THRU (012)
    MEN IN, LADIES SASHAY (014)
    HALF SASHAY (014)
    LADIES OR MEN  U-TURN BACK (015)
    U-TURN BACK  (015)
    COURTESY TURN (017)
    LADIES CHAIN (018)
    CHAIN DOWN THE LINE (018)
    LEAD TO THE RIGHT (020)
    RIGHT AND LEFT THRU (021)
    STAR THRU (023)
    BEND THE LINE (025)
    ALL AROUND THE CORNER (026)
    SEE SAW (027)

    SQUARE THRU (028)
    CALIFORNIA TWIRL (029)
    WHEEL AROUND (031)
    BOX THE GNAT (035)
    STEP TO A WAVE (036)
    PASS THE OCEAN (038)
    EXTEND (039)
    SWING THRU (040)
    MEN RUN (041)
    CENTERS CROSS-RUN (041)
    PARTNER TRADE (042)
    WHEEL AND DEAL (043)
    ZOOM (046)
    FLUTTER WHEEL (047)
    REVERSE FLUTTER WHEEL (047)
    VEER LEFT (RIGHT) (049)
    TOUCH A QUARTER (051)
    CIRCULATE (052)  
    CLOVER LEAF (054)
    SPIN THE TOP (058)
    CAST OFF 3/4 (060)
    WALK AND DODGE (061)
    SLIDE THRU (062)
    ENDS FOLD (063)
    DIXIE STYLE TO A WAVE (064)
    TAG THE LINE (065)
    HALF TAG THE LINE (066)
    SCOOT BACK (067)
    HINGE (068)
    CENTERS HINGE (068)
    RECYCLE (069)

******* 16 PLUS-LEVEL CALLS **********

    ACEY DEUCEY (070)
    CHASE RIGHT (074)
    AND SPREAD (075)
    CROSSFIRE (076)
    CUT THE DIAMOND ((077)
    DIAMOND CIRCULATE (078)
    EXPLODE AND (080)
    EXPLODE THE WAVE (081)
    FAN THE TOP (083)
    FLIP THE DIAMOND (084)
    FOLLOW YOUR NEIGHBOR (085)
    LINEAR CYCLE (087)
    PEEL OFF (089)
    PEEL THE TOP ((090)
    SINGLE CIRCLE TO A WAVE (093)
    TRADE THE WAVE (100)


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