Teach the common calls first thing each session then rotate each session between
*A* *B* *C*
Partner / Corner * Heads / Sides * Couple #1, #2/ #3, #4 * Boys / Girls
COMMON CALLS (and the number of steps needed to complete them)
1. Allemande Left 8 (6)
2. Circle Left / Circle Right 1/2 way 8. Full around 16
3. Courtesy Turn 4
4. Do Sa Do 8
5. Forward & Back 8
6. Pass Thru 4
7. Promenade 1/2 way 8. Full around 16
8. Right and Left Grand 8 (10)
9. Stars (Right-hand / Left-hand) 8
10. Swing 8
11. Weave the Ring 8
FOR THE "A" DANCE Arm Turns (Right / Left) 8
Lead Right / Left 4
Veer Left / Right 4 Bend the Line 4
Couples Circulate 4
FOR THE “B” DANCE California Twirl 4
Right and Left Thru 8
Star Thru 4
FOR THE “C” DANCE Grand Square 32
Ladies Chain family:
Two Ladies Chain 8
Four Ladies Chain 8
Separate around one 4
Split Two 2
SOME NOTES ABOUT THE CALLS IN THE “A”, “B”, AND “C” LISTS
THE “A” LIST
Arm Turns (Right / Left)
The Allemande Left is a Left Arm Turn and ends with two people back to back.
A Right Arm Turn (Turn your Partner Right) is simply an “Allemande Right” and also ends with two people back to back.
Bend the Line
This call is done by couples in one of two lines: A Line of Four, where all four in the line face the same direction or a Two-Faced Line, where one couple in the line is facing one way and the other couple in the same line is facing the opposite way.
To Bend the Line, the line simply folds in the middle so that all four people in the line will be facing the center of the set and facing the couple who were in the same line. This will require the center people to back up. A bend the Line will result in the square forming two facing lines of four.
If the square has formed into two Two-Faced Lines, then one couple on the end of each line will be facing in and the other couple will be facing out. If all walk forward into the next couple’s spot in the square, each couple will have ‘circulated’ one position. Those facing in simply walk
forward and stop in the next spot; those facing out have to walk forward and ‘round the bend’ to reach the next spot.
If the Head two Couple ( or the Side two Couples) are commanded to Lead Right (or Lead to the Right) they will walk forward and diagonally to the right to stand directly in front of the Side couple. ( Heads Lead Right: Couple #1 will be standing directly in front of Couple #2 and Couple #3 will be standing directly in front of Couple #4. Sides Lead Right: Couple #2 will be standing directly in front of Couple #3 and Couple #4 will be standing directly in front of Couple #1. )
Veer Left / Right
This is done after the command Lead Right. The two facing couples will slide to their Left (Veer Left) or Right (Veer Right) as a couple and adjust to make a Two Faced Line (the action is "over and up" at the same time).
THE “B” LIST
This call is done by a couple standing side by side holding inside hands.
The inside hands are raised. The lady turns left under the arch formed by the raised hands as the man walks forward and around to the right until both have changed direction 180 degrees. Hand hold is retained throughout.
Right and Left Thru
You have almost done this call using the Common Calls when you say, “Head Couples Pass Thru, Courtesy Turn your Partner.” A Right and Left Thru starts from facing couples. As they move forward towards each other to pass thru, they take right hands with the opposite person and gently pull by, dropping hands as
they pass and then courtesy turn their partner. Thus two couples will have changed places.
This is done by a couple standing side by side. The man steps back leading the woman with his right hand in her left, to roll across in front of him, face to face, to his other side. As she rolls across, they let go the joined hands and rejoin the other two hands (man’s left, lady’s right) as the lady reaches the man’s left side. The couple will have changed places.
This call is done from facing couples.
The man will always use his right hand, the lady her left.
As the man and lady approach, they raise the right (man) and left (lady) hands above shoulder height and touch palm to palm. The lady will turn 1/4 left under the arch formed and the man will walk forward and and turn 1/4 to his right. Hands are lowered and held as the two end up side by side. Two things have happened. Each dancer has a new partner and will have turned 1/4 from their original starting position - man 1/4 right, lady 1/4 left.
THE “C” LIST
Starting formation - square. A call that has the sides doing one part while at the
same time the heads are doing another. Heads move forward into the square (3 steps), turning one quarter (90*) on the fourth step to face partners and back away to the sides of the square (3 steps). Turn one quarter (90*) to face the original opposites. Back away to the corners of the square (3 steps) and turn one
quarter (90*) to face original partners and walk forward to home (4 steps). Do not turn. (Total to here: 16 steps.) From this point the action is reversed. Heads back away from their partners (3 steps), turning one quarter (90*) on the fourth step and walk forward to the opposites (3 steps). Turn one quarter and walk forward into the centre toward partners (3 steps). Turn one quarter (90*) to face opposites and back up to home (total: 32 steps). While the head couples are doing their first “set” of 16
steps, the sides start by facing their partners to back away and do the second “set” of 16 steps, Completing this, the sides then do the first set of 16 steps, while the heads are doing their last set of 16. The principle of walking three steps and then turning (or reversing) on the fourth step is followed throughout. This call may be broken into fractional parts by the caller directing the number of steps required.
The call may also start with the heads, or other designated dancers, directed to face.
Two Ladies Chain
From a Square formation
The two designated ladies (Heads or Sides) will walk forward and make a two hand right hand star and turn the star to their opposite man who will Courtesy Turn her.
The men will get ready to do the Courtesy Turn by stepping forward on their left foot, turning slightly to their right with their left hand ready to take the opposite lady’s left hand and then to place his right hand behind the lady’s back for the
The effect is to exchamge two opposite ladies.
The ladies’ star is always to the opposite man.
From facing lines of four:
The ladies in each facing couple star across to the opposite man who courtesy turns her.
Four Ladies Chain
From a Square formation
All four ladies make a right hand star and star across to the opposite man who courtesy turns the lady who was opposite him. The effect is to have all four ladies cross the square to be with the opposite man.
Separate around one
This call will start with the designated couple(s) turning their backs to their partner(s) and walking forward and around another dancer and wait for the next call (‘to a line’, ‘come into the middle’ ) The call Separate can start from a squared formation or from Heads or Sides Pass Thru.
Designated dancers as a couple,.step between and through the couple they face (who have to step apart to let them through and then step back together) and wait for the next call.
HERE IS A SINGING CALL WITH A 16 BEAT CIRCLE LEFT OPEN / BREAK / CLOSE
AMERICAN PIE (Royal 325)
INTRO A long, long time ago, I can still remember - the day the music died OPEN BREAK CLOSE
BYE, BYE MISS AMERICAN PIE
DROVE MY CHEVY TO THE LEVY, BUT THE LEVY WAS DRY
LEFT ALLEMANDE THE CORNER, TURN A RIGHT HAND ROUND YOUR OWN
LEFT ALLEMANDE AND WEAVE THE RING
BYE, BYE MISS AMERICAN PIE
SWING YOUR GIRL AND PROMENADE HER I CRY
THEM GOOD OLD BOYS WERE DRINKING WHISKEY AND RYE
SINGING THIS'LL BE THE DAY THAT I DIE
This you can leave as is except you may want to change “Turn your Partner Right” to: “With Your Partner Do Sa Do” as the Arm Turn figure is in the “A” list. But use it if you wish to teach the right arm turn in your Teach & Practise, then use this for the Opener / Break / Closer of any singing call music.
HEADS PROMENADE HALFWAY ROUND * LEAD RIGHT VEER LEFT SOME HOW
COUPLE CIRCULATE then BEND the LINE * PASS THRU BEND the LINE now STAR THRU * DO SI DO * PASS THRU (or do si do once and a half) SWING YOUR CORNER PROMENADE THE RING
IT WAS THE DAY THE MU,,,SIC DIED
This figure can be used with any piece of square dance music.