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OBJECTIVE:
  The objective of the Mainstream call definitions is to provide clear, concise, simple explanations of the terms and calls used in the Mainstream Program.

(1) STARTING FORMATIONS
Starting formations are listed for each of the defined calls. The smallest basic formation has been listed. Multiples of this formation may be possible. For example, the minimum number of dancers required to dosado is two. It is possible, however, to have four dancers in a line facing four dancers in an opposite line ready for a dosado. In this case, there are four multiples of the basic formation.

(2) FACING DANCERS
Facing dancers, unless otherwise specified, may be any combination of men and women.

(3) COUPLES
Couples, unless otherwise specified, may be any combination of men and women.

(4) PASSING RULE
Whenever two dancers are walking toward each other and are about to collide, they pass right shoulders and continue.

(5)SAME POSITION RULE
Whenever two dancers are walking toward each other and are required to occupy the same position, they join right hands in a mini wave sharing that position.

(6) FACING COUPLES RULE
Some calls, which normally start from ocean waves, can also be done when dancers are in facing couples (e.g. Swing Thru, Spin the Top, etc.). 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 swing thru, etc.) in which case the dancers step into a momentary left hand ocean wave and complete the call. Exceptions to this rule are listed in the body of the definitions.

(7) OCEAN WAVE RULE
Some calls which normally start from facing couples can be done when dancers are in ocean waves (e.g. Right and Left Thru, Box the Gnat, Square Thru, Slide Thru, Pass to the Center, etc.). In this case, the dancers have already stepped forward toward the facing dancer and are ready to complete the remaining action of the directed call. For the sake of dancer comprehension and teaching purposes, it may be necessary to initially have the dancers back up into facing couples, then step back into the wave and complete the call.
This rule also applies when calls which normally start from two facing dancers (e.g., Turn Thru) are called from a mini wave.

(8) REGIONAL STYLING DIFFERENCES
CALLERLAB recognizes that regional differences in styling exist.

DEFINITION OF STYLING TERMS

Arms in Natural Dance Position: Arms should be held slightly bent in comfortable position in anticipation of the next movement.

Dance Step: Should be a smooth, effortless gliding step in which the ball of the foot touches and slides across the surface of the floor before the heel is gently dropped to floor. The length of stride should be fairly short with the movement coming mostly from knees down. Dance step must be coordinated with the beat of the music. In general terms, short gliding steps which utilize both ball and heel of the foot make a comfortable dance step.

DANCING HAND POSITIONS

Couple Handhold: Inside hands joined. Men should always hold palms up, ladies palms down. In the event of a same sex couple, the left-hand dancer turns palm up, right-hand dancer turns palm down. Arms should be bent with hands held slightly higher than the elbow. Forearms are adjacent and can be held close together in locked-in position for wheel around type movement.

Forearm: The arms are held past the wrist but not past the elbow joint. Each dancer places the hand on the inside of the arm of the person with whom he is to work. The fingers and thumb are held in close. The center of the turn will be at the joined arms, so, while turning, each dancer is moving equally around the other.

Handshake Hold: Use a comfortable handshake with hands reached and touched at about average waist height. Thumb should overlap the back of the opposite dancer's hand. It is important in right and left grand to release hands when passing. Do NOT stretch or lean over to reach the next hand.

Loose Handhold: Hands revolve around each other maintaining contact and a certain degree of security or stabilization. Slight pressure is all that is required.

Hands Up: Hands are joined in crossed palm position; i.e. opposing dancers place palms together with finger pointing up, then tilt hand out slightly which will result in a crossed palm position. Thumbs are gently closed on the back of the opposing dancer's hand. As the turning action starts, wrists are straightened.

Box Star/Packsaddle: Four men with palms down take the wrist of the man ahead and link up to form a box.

Palm Star: Place all hands together with fingers pointing up and thumbs closed gently over the back of the adjacent dancer's hand to provide a degree of stabilization. Arms should be bent slightly so that the height of the handgrip will be at an average eye level.

Posture: Dancers should stand erect and tall, shoulders back. Often tall people have a tendency to stoop, but should not.

Pull By:The action brings two people toward each other. Hands should be dropped before bodies cross a common plane.

Skirt Work: Ladies hold skirt in free hand about waist high using very slight rhythmical flourish to move skirt in front and back, right hand moving with left foot, left hand moving with right foot.

Promenade Ending Twirl: Man raises his right hand holding the lady's right hand loosely as she twirls clockwise underneath, ending in a squared up couples position.

STYLING FOR MAINSTREAM SQUARE DANCE CALLS


BOW (HONORS)
To Your Partner:
Men: Turn slightly to face your partner making eye contact. Place left hand behind back or at left hip, palm out. Place right foot in front of left foot. The right foot should be pointed toward the lady with the toe touching the floor. man's right hand holds lady's left hand. Both legs are straight, with weight on the back foot.

Ladies: Turn slightly to face your partner making eye contact. Left foot should be pointed forward with toe touching floor, right foot in back. Right hand holds skirt toward center of square, right arm bent at elbow. Place left hand in partner's right hand. Both legs are straight with weight on back foot. [An acceptable traditional variation of styling is that the men bow slightly from the waist as the ladies acknowledge with a curtsy.]


To Your Corner:
Men: Right hand holding partner's left hand, turn slightly to face corner, making eye contact. Place left hand behind back or at left hip, palm out. Place left foot in front of right foot. The left foot should be pointed toward corner with toe touching floor. Both legs are straight with weight on the back foot.

Ladies: Left hand in partner's right hand, turn slightly to face corner making eye contact. Place right foot in front of left foot with the right foot pointed toward corner and the toe touching floor. Both legs are straight with weight on back foot. An acceptable traditional variation of styling is that the men bow slightly from the waist as the ladies acknowledge with a curtsy.



SQUARE DANCE FORMATION

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SQUARE DANCE MOVEMENT

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BASIC PROGRAM
LIST NO.1(BASIC) LIST NO.2(BASIC) LIST NO.3(BASIC)
  1. Dancer Naming
        a. Partner/Corner
        b. Heads/Sides
        c. Couple#1,#2,#3,#4
        d. Boys/Girls
        e. Centers/Ends

  2. Circle Left/Circle Right
  3. Fowerd & Back
  4. Do Sa Do/
        Dosado to a Wave
  5. Swing
  6. Promenade/
      Single File Promenade
        a. Couples(Full,1/2,3/4)
        b. Single File Promenade
        c. Star Promenade
  7. Allemande Left
  8. Arm Turns
        a. Left Arm Turn
        b. Right Arm Turn

  9. Right and Left Grand Family
        a. Right & Left Grand
        b. Weave the Ring
        c. Wrong Way Grand

  10. Left-Hand Star/
        Right-Hand Star
  11. Pass Thru
  12. Split Two
  13. Half Sashay Family
        a. Half Sashay
        b. Rollaway
        c. Ladies In, Men Sashay

  14. Turn Back Family
        a. U-Turn Back
        b. Back Truck

  15. Separete Around 1 or 2
        a. to a Line
        b. and come into the middle

  16. Courtesy Turn
  17. Ladies Chain Family
        a. Two Ladies Chain(Reg. and 3/4)
        b. Four Ladies Chain(Reg. and 3/4)
        c. Chain Down the Line
LIST NO.4(BASIC) LIST NO.5(BASIC) LIST NO.6(BASIC)
  18. Do Pa So
  19. Lead Right
  20. Right And Left Thru
  21. Grand Square
  22. Star Thru
  23. Circle to a Line
  24. Bend the Line
  25. All Around The Corner
  26. See Saw
  27. Square Thru(1,2,3,4)/
        Left Square thru (1,2,3,4)
  28. California Twirl
  29. Dive Thru
  30. Wheel Around
  31. Thar Family
        a. Allemand Thar
        b. Allemande Left
            to an Allemand Thar
        c. Wrong Way Thar

  32. Shoot the Star/
        Shoot the Star Full Around
  33. Slip the Clutch
  34. Box the Gnat
  35. Ocean Wave Family
        a. Step To A Wave
        b. Balance
LIST NO.7(BASIC) LIST NO.8(BASIC) LIST NO.9(BASIC)
  36. Alamo Ring Formation
        a. Allemand Left in the Alamo Style
        b. Ballance

  37. Pass The Ocean
  38. Extend
        (from 1/4 tag only)
  39. Swing Thru/ Left Swing Thru
  40. Run/Cross Run
  41. Trade Family
        a. (named dancers)Trade
        b. Couples Trade
        c. Partner Trade
  42. Wheel And Deal
  43. Double Pass Thru
  44. First Couples Go Left/Right
      Next Couples Go Left/Right
  45. Zoom
  46. Fluteter Wheel/
        Revers Flutter Wheel
  47. Sweep a Quarter
  48. Veer Left/Veer Right
  49. Trade By
  50. Touch 1/4
  51. Circulate Famly
        a. (named dancer)Circulate
        b. All 8 Circulate
        c. Couple Circulate
        d. Single File Circulate
        e. Splite/Box Circulate

  52. Ferris Wheel
MAINSTREAM PROGRAM
LIST NO.10(MAINSTREAM) LIST NO.11(MAINSTREAM) LIST NO.12(MAINSTREAM)
  53. Cloverleaf
  54. Turn Thru
  55. Eight Chain Thru
        Eight Chain 1,2,3,etc
  56. Pass to the Center
  57. Spin the Top
  58. Centers In
  59. Cast Off Three Quarters
  60. Walk & Dodge
  61. Slide Thru
  62. Fold/Cross Fold
  63. Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave
  64. Spin Chain Thru
  65. Tag the Line
        (In/Out/Left/Right)
  66. Half Tag
  67. Scoot Back
  68. Single Hinge/Couples Hinge
  69. Recycle(from a wave only)
PLUS PROGRAM

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This Animated Square Dance Text was created by Mr. Hiroshi Yaoko,is member of
Japan Square Dance Association Home Page Steering Committee, and member of
Tokyo Square Dance Club. He presented this text to Japan Square Dance Association.
Copyright (C) 2000 Japan Square Dance Association. All Rights Reserved.

SQUARE DANCE TEXT
CALLERLAB BASIC & MAINSTREAM DEFINITIONS
Descriptions are quoted from [ DoSaDo.com ] in U.S.A

Last Up Date:Octorber 1 2006

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