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Half-Breaks for Singing Calls

by Orlo Hoadley - 2/29/96

These are 32-beat zero sequences for the standing set. Give your dancers some variety in choreography by using any of these sequences with another half-break - like Grand Square or Teacup Chain for instance - to make up a complete 64-beat Break. Or, use two of these together, being careful that the final movement of the first leads smoothly into the beginning of the second. Don't forget to call Weave the Ring occasionally instead of Right & Left Grand. Timing for the normal Allemande is 2 beats to get to corner, 4 beats to turn corner, and 2 beats to to get back to partner. For the Alamo Allemande the timing is 2 + 6 beats, and be sure to have the dancers take 8 steps to do an Alamo Swing Thru. Read in "Square-Dance Music and Timing" why the "Alamo" should come ahead of the "Allemande", and why you should call "Square Thru Two" rather than "Half Square Thru."
Circle left, full around (16)
Promenade (full around) (16).

Circle left 3/4 (12)
Allemande left (8)
Promenade (3/4) (12).

Circle left halfway (8)
Allemande left (8)
Dos-a-dos (8) (or: Swing partner twice)
Promenade (1/2) (8).

Allemande left (8)
Dos-a-dos (8)
Promenade (full) (16).

Alamo allemande (8)
Slide thru & promenade (full) (16)
All eight to the middle & back (8).

Circle left halfway (8)
Allemande left (8)
Promenade (1/2) (8)
All eight to the middle & back (8).

Circle left halfway (8)
Allemande left (8)
Single circle 3/4 (6)
Slide thru (2)
Promenade (1/2) (8).

Circle left halfway (8)
Allemande left (8)
Right & left grand (12)
Swing once at home (4).

Circle left halfway (8)
Face partner, do Paso (6+6)
Swing partner (4)
Promenade (1/2) (8).

Heads pass thru (4)
Sides pass thru (4)
Men run right (4)
Allemande left (6+2)
Swing partner (4)
Promenade (1/2) (8).

Men star right once around (8)
Turn partner left (4)
Ladies star right once around (8)
Do Paso & face in (6+6).

Men star left once around (8)
Right & left grand (12)
Partner swing (4)
Promenade (1/2) (8).

Heads right & left thru (8)
Sides right & left thru (8)
Allemande left (8)
Promenade (1/2) (8).

Heads right & left thru (8)
Sides right & left thru (*+4)
Allemande left (8)
Swing & promenade (1/2) (4+8).
(Sides pull by while heads courtesy turn.)

Left allemande (8)
Right & left grand (12)
Promenade home (1/2) (8)
Balance forward & back (4).

Face partner, do Paso (6+6)
Left touch, men run left (4)
U-turn back & promenade (full) (16).

Four ladies chain across (8)
Four couples flutter wheel (12)
Partner swing (4) & promenade (1/2) (8).

Four ladies chain across (8)
Balance forward & back (4)
Four couples flutter wheel (12)
Join hands & circle home (1/2) (8).

Four ladies chain across (8)
Four couples flutter wheel (12)
Face right, file promenade home (8)
Face in & balance forward & back (4).

Alamo allemande (8)
Balance (4)
Slide thru & promenade (full) (16)
Face in & balance fwd & back (4).

Face partner, do Paso (6+6)
Turn ptr. like an Allemande thar (4)
(Turn the star 1/2) (8)
Men U-turn back & promenade (1/2) (8).

Left allemande , box the gnat (8+2)
Ladies star left 1x, box the gnat (8+2)
Men star left 1x, box the gnat (8+2)
Slide thru (2).

Heads pass the ocean (4)
Swing thru, outsides divide (6)
Right & left thru (6)
Slide thru (4), left allemande (8)
Swing once at home (4).

All around the corner lady (8)
Men star left once around (8)
Seesaw around your taw (8)
Allemande left, square your set (8).
(or: Heads face in, to start a Grand Square).

Four couples flutter wheel (12)
Circle left halfway (8)
Men run right (4)
Ladies sneaky chain (8).

Four couples flutter wheel (12)
Men star left 1/2 (4)
Pick up partner &
Star promenade home (full) (16)

Four couples California twirl (4)
Join hands & circle left 1/2 (8)
Men run right (4)
Left allemande (8)
Promenade (1/2) (8).

Four ladies chain (8)
California twirl (4)
Circle left 1/2 (8)
Men run left (4)
Slide thru (2)
Short promenade (6).

Four couples lead to the right (4)
Circle left 1/4 (4)
Partner hinge (2)
Spin the top, ladies U-turn (4+6)
Promenade (3/4) (12).

Four ladies chain (8)
Alamo allemande (8)
Four men scoot back (8)
Four ladies sneaky chain (8).

Four ladies chain (8)*
Ladies seesaw, men sashay (8)
Men seesaw, ladies sashay (8)
Four ladies chain home (8)*.
*or Circle Left halfway.

Hd men dos-a-dos, girls sashay (8)
Sd men dos-a-dos, girls sashay (*+4)
Hd ladies dos-a-dos, men sashay (*+4)
Sd ladies dos-a-dos, men sashay (*+4)
Four ladies star once around (8)
Courtesy turn (4).
(* overlaps previous call 4 beats)

Allemande left (2+4)
Ladies star right once around (8)
Turn corner left (4)
Men star right once around (8)
Allemande left, square your set.(4+2).

Face partner, dos-a-dos (8)
Right & left grand (12)
Swing & promenade (1/2) (4+8).

Four ladies chain across (8)
Four couples flutter wheel (12)
Join hands & circle left halfway(8)
Face partner, box the gnat (2)
And slide thru (2).

Heads star right 1/2 (2+4)
All star left, full turn (8)
Heads star right 1/2 (4)
Left allemande (4+2)
Swing, twirl, square your set.(4+2+2)

All 8 to the middle & then fall back (8)
Head ladies chain (8)
Four ladies chain (8)
Side ladies chain (8)

Circle left halfway (8)
Left allemande (8)
Right & left grand (12)
Box the gnat & slide thru. (2+2).

Heads right & left thru; (8)
Sides right & left thru (*+4)
Four ladies chain across (8)
Four couples flutter wheel. (12)
* Sides pull by while heads C-turn

Four ladies chain across (8)
Circle left halfway (8)
Cali-twirl (4), men run left (4)
Slide thru (2), short promenade. (6)

Heads pass thru & go around one (8)
Into the middle, pass thru (4)
Split two and go around one (4)
Down the middle, right & left thru (8)
Four couples forward & back. (8)

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