Tech Squares Class

Definitions for Week 5

CROSS RUN: Starting formation - line, two-faced line, or wave. Each of the two directed (active) dancers, who must either both be centers or both be ends, runs into the spot vacated by the farthest inactive dancer. If the inactive dancers are centers, they sidestep to become ends; if they are ends, they sidestep to become centers. When the active dancers are both facing the same direction, they move forward in a semi-circle, pass right shoulders with each other and then run into the vacated spot on the far side.

EXTEND: Starting formation - double pass thru, parallel ocean waves, any tag formation (1/4 or 3/4). All dancers release handholds (if necessary), step forward and form an ocean wave with the couple they are facing. If the extend leaves dancers facing no one, they remain facing out. If the starting formation is right-handed, dancers extend to a right-handed formation; if the starting formation is left-handed, dancers extend to a left-handed formation. From a double pass thru formation, dancers extend to a right-hand quarter tag formation. Another extend would give parallel waves. Another extend would give a 3/4 tag formation. Another extend would give a completed double pass thru formation.

FERRIS WHEEL: Starting formation - two parallel two-faced lines. The couples facing out wheel and deal to become the outside couples in a double pass thru formation. Meanwhile, the couples facing in step straight ahead to momentarily form a two-faced line in the center. Without stopping, they wheel and deal in that line to finish as the center couples in a double pass thru formation.

FLUTTERWHEEL/REVERSE FLUTTERWHEEL: Starting formation - facing couples. For a Flutterwheel, the right-hand dancers go in to the center and join right hands. Maintaining that handhold, they begin to turn clockwise. As they approach the opposite left-hand dancer, they reach out with the free (left) hand and, taking the right hand of the opposite dancer, all four dancers continue to move clockwise as couples. As they approach the right-hand dancers' original starting position, the right-hand dancers release their center handhold, and the couples turn to face the center. The right-hand dancers end in their original starting position. For a Reverse Flutterwheel, the two left-hand dancers start with a left-hand turn and pick up the opposite dancers to return to their (the left hand dancer's) starting position.

SCOOT BACK: Starting formation - a box. From a box, dancers facing in step straight forward to join adjacent forearms with each other, turn half (180°) and step forward to end in the position vacated by the dancer who was facing out. Meanwhile, each dancer facing out runs into the position vacated by the dancer who is doing the forearm turn. When done from right hand boxes, the dancers facing in turn by the right and the dancers facing out run right. When done from left hand boxes, the dancers facing in turn by the left and the dancers facing out run left. Finish in a box circulate formation.

SPLIT/BOX CIRCULATE: Starting formation - a box. Dancers facing in to their box walk straight forward to take the position of the dancer in front of them. Other dancers flip over to take the spot vacated by the adjacent dancer in their box. For split circulate, divide the square into two separate boxes.

SWEEP A QUARTER: Starting formation - facing couples in a circling movement (right or left). Dancers as couples continue the circling movement one quarter (90°) in the direction of their body flow.

TURN THRU: Starting formation - facing dancers. Each dancer steps forward to join right forearms with the other dancer. They turn by the right one-half (180°), release armholds and step forward, ending back to back with each other.