Plus-R-Us Square Dance Club

Squares 
Plus Steps
Revised December 8, 2010
Table of Contents


ACEY DEUCEY 1  
ALL 8 SPIN THE TOP 1  
(ANYTHING) & ROLL 1  
(ANYTHING) & SPREAD 1  
CHASE RIGHT 2  
COORDINATE 2  
CROSSFIRE 2  
CUT THE DIAMOND 2  
DIAMOND CIRCULATE 2  
DIXIE GRAND 3  
EXPLODE AND ... (Anything) 3  
EXPLODE THE WAVE 3  
EXTEND 3  
FAN THE TOP 3  
FLIP THE DIAMOND 4  
FOLLOW YOUR NEIGHBOR 4  
GRAND SWING THRU 4  
LINEAR CYCLE 4  
LOAD THE BOAT 5
PEEL OFF 5
PEEL THE TOP 5  
PING PONG CIRCULATE 6
RELAY THE DEUCEY 6  
SINGLE CIRCLE TO A WAVE 7  
SPIN CHAIN & EXCHANGE THE GEARS 7
SPIN CHAIN THE GEARS 7
TEACUP CHAIN 7  
3/4 TAG THE LINE 8
TRACK II 8  
TRADE THE WAVE 8  
     

DEFINITIONS OF PLUS PROGRAM CALLS

PREFACE

Objective:

The objective of the Plus Program Definitions is to provide clear, concise, simple explanations of the terms and calls used in the Plus Program.

1. Starting Formations

Starting formations are listed for each of the defined calls. They are the most commonly occurring starting formations for the calls in use at the time these definitions were approved, but they are not necessarily the only possible starting formations, given the dynamic nature of the Square Dance Activity.

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., All 8 Spin the Top, Grand Swing Thru, Relay the Deucey, Spin Chain the Gears). 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 Relay the Deucey), in which case the dancers step into a momentary left-hand Ocean Wave and complete the call.

The following calls cannot be done from facing couples; that is, a mini-wave or ocean wave (as stated in each call's definition) is required as a starting formation:

Explode The Wave, Explode and ... (anything), Follow Your Neighbor, Ping Pong Circulate, Trade The Wave.

7. Ocean Wave Rule

Some calls that normally start from facing couples (or facing lines) can be done when the dancers are in an ocean wave (or a tidal wave (e.g., Load the Boat). In this case, the dancers have already stepped forward toward each other 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 initially to have the dancers back up into facing couples (or facing lines), then step back into the wave (or tidal wave) and complete the call.

8. Regional Styling Differences

CALLERLAB recognizes that regional differences in styling exist.
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PLUS MOVEMENTS

ACEY DEUCEY - Starting formation - parallel waves and two-faced lines. Other formations which meet the following conditions are also acceptable: Must be able to identify 4 centers and 4 ends (or outsides). Centers must be able to trade within in adjacent pairs of 2. Ends (or outsides) must be able to Circulate and not become centers. Center 4 Trade, while the others Circulate. TIMING - 4
 
ALL 8 SPIN THE TOP - Starting formation - Thar Star (stationary or in motion), Wrong Way Thar (stationary or in motion), Right & Left Grand Circle. TIMING-10

If started from a Thar Star or Wrong Way Thar, any motion is stopped, the handholds forming the center star are released, and each center dancer and the adjacent outside dancer Arm Turn one-half (180.). Those now in the middle Star three-quarters (walking forward), while the new outsides move forward one-quarter around the perimeter of the circle to join hands with the same person again in a stationary Thar Star or Wrong Way Thar formation.

If started from a Right & Left Grand Circle, everyone turns by the right halfway (180.) with the dancer they are facing, then completes the call as above (new centers Star left three-quarters, etc.). The ending formation is a stationary Wrong Way Thar.
From a Right & Left Grand Circle, the command All 8 Left Spin The Top has everyone turn by the left halfway with the dancer they are facing and complete the call as above, ending in a stationary Thar Star formation.

STYLING: The initial arm turn one half (180.) is a forearm turn. The star portion is performed using standard star styling utilizing palm star hand positioning. Outside dancers moving forward have hands in natural dance position, ready to assume appropriate position for the next call. Ladies may use skirt work.

(ANYTHING) & ROLL - Starting formation - Various. TIMING - 2
The term "... & Roll" may be added to any call which, by definition, causes one or more dancers to have turning body flow to the right or left as they complete their portion of the call. It is an instruction to those dancer(s) to turn individually, in place, one quarter (90.) more in the direction of body flow determined by the preceding command.

Note that if "... and Roll" is added to a call, which by definition, has some dancers walking in a straight line at the completion of their portion of the call, those dancers will do nothing for the "... and Roll".

STYLING: At the completion of the movement preceding the roll (anything), release all handholds and allow the established momentum to set the direction for the solo turn in place. Arms are returned to natural dance position and ready to assume appropriate position for the next call.

(ANYTHING) & SPREAD - Starting formation - Various. TIMING - 2

This call can be used in three ways:

(1) If only some of the dancers are directed to Spread (e.g., from a static square, Heads Star Thru & Spread), they slide apart sideways to become ends, as the inactive dancers step forward between them.

(2) If the (Anything) call finishes in lines or waves (e.g., Follow Your Neighbor), the centers anticipate the Spread action by sliding apart sideways to become the new ends, while the original ends anticipate the Spread action by moving into the nearest center position.

(3) If the (Anything) call finishes in tandem couples (e.g., Wheel & Deal from a line of four), the lead dancers slide apart sideways, while the trailing dancers step forward between them.
STYLING: All dancers blend into the appropriate hand position and styling designated by the formation resulting at the conclusion of the call (e.g., ocean wave styling after the call "Follow Your Neighbor and Spread").

CHASE RIGHT - Starting formation - Two Couples Back-to-Back. TIMING - 6

Each right-hand dancer does an exaggerated Zoom action, moving into the position previously occupied by the right-hand dancer behind him, to finish facing in the same direction as when he started the Zoom action. (The net result is the same as if the right-hand dancer had done a right face U Turn Back & Box Circulate twice). The left-hand dancer follows ("Chases") the right-hand
dancer by doing a Box Circulate two positions. The call finishes in a Box Circulate formation.

STYLING: All dancers have arms in natural dance position. Ladies' skirt work optional. Right hand dancer uses flowing motion rather than an abrupt turn around. When two couples (e.g., the heads) do chase right in the center of the square, it is important for those doing the zoom motion to keep the action tight and avoid bumping into the outside dancers. At the same time, those, not
involved in the Chase Right, move, if possible and comfortable, away from the center to allow more space for the action.

COORDINATE - Starting formation - Columns. (at Plus, Columns only)
TIMING – 8

Circulate. Then 1/2 (Half) Circulate. The center six (three adjacent pairs) Trade. The very center two dancers release handholds and walk diagonally outward without turning, while the two lonesome dancers walk ahead, moving in a quarter circle. From Columns, Coordinate ends in Two-Faced Lines.

STYLING: The center six dancers (three adjacent pairs) use hands up position for trading action. After the very center two dancers release handholds and move forward, all dancers join hands with a couple handhold. No time allowed for skirt work.

CROSSFIRE - Starting formation - Two faced line, Parallel lines of four, Inverted Line(s).
TIMING - 6

As the centers begin to Trade, the ends Cross Fold. Upon completing their Trade, the centers release hands and step straight forward forming an ocean wave or mini-wave with the dancers they are facing. If the Trade leaves the original centers facing no one, they step forward and remain facing out.

STYLING: If starting formation is a two-faced line, center dancers use hands up position for trading action and blend into normal mini wave styling. If starting formation is parallel lines of four that results in centers facing no one, that couple joins hands with a couple handhold.

CUT THE DIAMOND - Starting Formation - Any Diamond. TIMING - 6

The centers of the diamond do a Diamond Circulate to the next position in their diamond, while the points slide together and Trade. Ends in a line or wave.

STYLING: From a normal diamond formation, all dancers blend into a couple handhold. If the starting formation is a facing diamond, all dancers blend into hands up position as required for ocean wave basic.

DIAMOND CIRCULATE - Starting formation - Any Diamond. TIMING – 3

Each dancer moves forward to the next position in his diamond, changing his original facing direction one-quarter (90.) toward the center of the diamond. Points become centers, and vice versa.
If the call is directed to facing diamonds, all must pass right shoulders.

STYLING: It is important that dancers maintain diamond formation as they move diagonally from one position to the next. Center dancers of diamond blend into hands up position as in ocean wave.

Dancers at the points maintain arms in natural dance position. Ladies may utilize skirt work.

DIXIE GRAND - Starting formation - Dixie Grand Circle, Double Pass Thru, Quarter Tag, or any formation where at least two dancers can start. TIMING - 6

Those who can start the call by joining right hands with the facing dancer and pulling by. Each dancer moves ahead around the circle and gives a left hand to the next, pulling by, and a right hand
to the next, pulling by. Regardless of the starting formation, as the movement progresses, the formation converts to a circle.
STYLING: Styling is similar to the description for the basic right and left grand. Dancers use handshake hold for alternating pull by movements, releasing hands as dancers pass each other.
Skirt work is not recommended.

EXPLODE AND ... (Anything)(From waves only) - Starting formation - Any 4-dancer ocean wave.
TIMING - 2 for the explode portion.

Everyone releases handholds, steps forward and turns a quarter in (90.) to face the adjacent dancer, and does the (Anything) call (e.g., Right & Left Thru, Star Thru, etc.).

STYLING: In all "Explode and ..." figures, follow the styling suggestions for each of the "and ..."
figures used.

EXPLODE THE WAVE (From waves only) - Starting formation - Any 4-dancer ocean wave.
TIMING - 6

Everyone releases handholds, steps forward and turns a quarter in (90.) to face the adjacent dancer and right hand pull by that person, to end as couples back-to-back.

STYLING: A handshake hold is used as the dancers right hand pull by. For position orientation, hands are joined in a couple handhold at the completion of the call.

EXTEND - Starting formation - Double Pass Thru, Parallel Ocean Waves (1/2 Tag), any Tag (1/4 or
3/4) formation. TIMING - 2

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. From a Quarter Tag formation, dancers Extend to parallel waves. From parallel waves, dancers Extend to a 3/4 Tag formation, from a 3/4
Tag formation, dancers Extend to a completed Double Pass Thru formation.

STYLING: All dancers move forward smoothly during extending action. Dancers utilize previously described styling for resulting formations at the completion of the call (e.g., ocean wave styling,
couple handhold for double pass thru formation, etc.)

FAN THE TOP - Starting formation - ocean wave or two-faced lines. TIMING - 4

The centers of the line or wave turn three quarters (270.) while the outside dancers move forward in a quarter circle. The ending formation is at right angles to the starting formation. Centers remain centers and ends remain ends.

STYLING: Center dancers use hands-up position and styling similar to that of swing thru. End dancers' arms are in natural dance position and hands are ready to assume appropriate position for the next call.

FLIP THE DIAMOND - Starting formation - Any Diamond. TIMING - 3

The centers of the diamond do a Diamond Circulate to the next position in their diamond, while the points Run ("Flip" 180.) into the nearest center position and join hands to become the centers of the forming wave or line. When "flipping" a facing diamond, the points always take the inside path, and the centers always take the outside path.

STYLING: From a normal diamond formation, all dancers blend into hands up position as required for ocean wave basic. If the starting formation is a facing diamond, all dancers blend into a couple handhold.

FOLLOW YOUR NEIGHBOR - Starting formation - Box Circulate. TIMING - 6

Dancers facing in release han