Mainstream Program Definitions
START completed double pass thru or single couples on the outside of the square, facing out
END double pass thru
Movement: The lead dancers separate and move away from each other in a three quarter (270) circle. When each lead dancer meets another lead dancer from the other side of the square, they become partners and step forward to the center of the square. Each trailing dancer follows the dancer in front of him and ends directly behind that same dancer. A single couple facing out does the lead dancer’s part as described, but they may not step all the way into the center at the end of the call.
53. Turn Thru
START facing dancers
END back to back
Movement: Each dancer steps forwardto 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.
54. Eight Chain Thru
START eight chain
END eight chain / trade by
Movement: Facing dancers join right hands and pull by (this completes an eight chain one). The center facing dancers join left hands and pull by while the outside dancers do a courtesy turn (this completes an eight chain two). Repeat these actions in sequence to achieve eight chain three, eight chain four, etc.
Eight chain thru is the same as eight chain eight. Even numbers(2, 4, 6, 8) end in an eight chain thru formation. Odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7) end in a trade by formation.
55. Pass to the Center
START eight chain / parallel waves
END double pass thru
Movement: All pass thru. The dancers now on the outside partner trade. Ends in double pass thru formation.
56. Spin the Top
START ocean wave / facing couple
END ocean wave
Movement: Each end and the adjacent center dancer turn one half (180｡). The new center dancers turn three quarters (270｡) while each outside dancer moves forward in a quarter circleto meet the same center dancer with whom he started. Ends in an ocean wave which is at right angles to the original starting wave.
57. Centers In
START whenever there is a couple with their backs to the center of the set facing or standing behind another couple
Movement: The outside dancers step apart as the centers step forward and between them to form a line.