C3X Definitions - Part 1 of 5

Sue Curtis
26 Hammond Place
Woburn, MA 01801

Last Revised August 31, 1992


I would like to thank Stephen Gildea for diligently proofreading the original version of this document, and both Larry Denenberg and Stephen Gildea for extensive work on the LaTeX macros used to draw the diagrams and to format the text. Bill van Melle and Dave Wilson also provided a number of helpful comments on earlier versions.

Copyright © 1989, 1990, 1991 Sue Curtis

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Brace Yourself

This is the second part of Half Breed Thru. You should be next to a person of the opposite sex. Those people with the men on the left do a Courtesy Turn; those people with the women on the left do a U-Turn Back.

Assuming odd numbers are men, even numbers are women:


Cast a Shadow (from columns)

This is also known as Shadow the Column, a quarterly selection. The #1 and #3 dancers in the column do the ends' part of Cast a Shadow, while #2 and #4 do the centers' part.


Chain the Glade

This is usually called as ``Walk all around your corner, turn partner by the left, head ladies center for a Chain the Glade, sides keep turning.'' After the introduction, the head ladies go into the center, right pull by with each other, and left pull by with the opposite man, while the sides turn an additional full turn (making it 1 1/2 turns when you include the ``turn partner by the left''). Now from diagram (c), the head men right arm turn a full turn while the head ladies go over to the side men and (right) Turn Thru with them (d). The side ladies stand there and wait patiently. Now everyone goes back to their original partner and does a left arm turn 1/2, ending in a thar (e). However, you do not really stop in the thar, you do the call again, this time the heads keep turning (1 more full turn) and the side ladies go into the center, and repeat the above (but switching the heads' and sides' parts). At the conclusion of this part, you stop in a thar. Some sets of definitions describe this call as ending in a squared set (by finishing a Courtesy Turn from the thar), but when I have heard this used, the caller has wanted a thar.



Change Lanes/Retain Your Lane

Starting from lines, centers Any Hand Remake and Spread; ends Circulate and Crossover Circulate.


Retain Your Lane, a quarterly selection, is Change Lanes without the Spread. Or if you prefer, a full Change Lanes and Spread.

Circle to a Two-Faced Line

Starting from facing couples, Circle Left 1/2 and Veer Left. This is equivalent to As Couples Touch 1/2. Sometimes the caller will say ``Circle ... '' and the dancers are expected to join in by saying `` ... To a Two-Faced Line.'' Reverse Circle to a Two-Faced Line is the mirror image.


Clean Sweep

This call has four parts. Starting from facing couples, Circle Left 1/4, Veer Left, Tag the Line, leads Roll Right to a Wave. If a fraction is given (e.g., Clean Sweep 1/2) this means Circle Left this amount instead of 1/4. Reverse Clean Sweep is the mirror image.


Clear the Way/Centers

On a Clear the Way, starting from a 1/4 tag setup, centers 2/3 Linear Cycle and Invert 1/2 (to the outside). Ends Hinge twice, Vertical 1/2 Tag into the center, and Counter Rotate.


On Cross Clear the Way, the original centers do a Cross Invert 1/2 instead of Invert 1/2. On Criss Cross Clear the Way, the original centers do a Cross Invert 1/2, and the original ends do a Vertical Left 1/2 Tag instead of a Vertical 1/2 Tag.

On a Clear the Centers (or Cross Clear the Centers), the centers do their part of a Clear the Way (or Cross Clear the Way), and the ends simply move into the center (and are usually given some other call to do).

Common Point Concept

The easiest way to think of this concept is to consider what happens when you are dancing a call and two dancers both want to end on the same spot. They would take right hands and a parallelogram would be formed. Suppose that the caller does not want you to work in a parallelogram but instead wants everyone to dance as if the two of you were really on the same spot at the end of your wave, and there is a phantom at the other end. This is the Common Point concept. There can be Common Point diamonds, lines, hourglasses, etc. The name Common Point makes the most sense when the setup is diamonds, as in the first example below, since then there are two people on one point of the diamond. Some callers use the name ``Common Spot'' instead of Common Point.

Common Point Diamonds, Diamond Circulate:


Common Point Lines, Switch to a Diamond:


Although I used the idea of two dancers coming to the same spot to explain the concept, do not assume that this concept is only used immediately after two dancers have crashed into each other. It can be called any time you are in the setups shown above, or in any other setups where you could perceive two dancers to be jointly occupying one spot.

Here's a example where you must carefully apply the definition of the call to do it Common Point.

Common Point Lines, Tally Ho:


Coordinate to a Diamond

Coordinate, and then the new centers Hinge.

Count Your Blessings

The designated people Press Out and the others do their part of Split Circulate, then everyone Counter Rotate. This is a two-part call and is called from many different setups.

Beaus Count Your Blessings:


Centers Count Your Blessings:



Starting from columns, the ends Trade and Split Counter Rotate. The centers Counter Rotate (in the center), then have the trailer Anchor 1/2. This is equivalent to Trade and Stretched Box Counter Rotate for everyone, as long as the call is not fractionalized.


Couplet Concept

This is a short way of saying ``Own the Couple.'' ``Couplet {call1} by {call2}'' means those people who are next to each other as a couple (as opposed to a miniwave) do their part of {call1} and the others do their part of {call2}. It does not mean to work As Couples; it is just a means of selecting people from setups such as 3-and-1 lines. It can also be called from siamese setups.

Cover Up

Circulate 1 1/2, then ends Pass In and centers Recycle. This call can be used from waves, lines facing in, lines facing out, eight chain, and various T-bone setups.


On Cover Up But {call}, replace the Recycle with {call}.

Create a Column

Starting from an arbitrary 16 matrix, those in the center phantom columns do 2 Phantom Column Circulates. Those in the outside phantom columns do either 2 Butterfly Circulates or 2 O-Circulates, depending on which setup they think they are in. This can usually be danced as ``all slide together as necessary to make columns, then do 2 Column Circulates,'' but be aware of the correct definition in case 1/2 Create a Column is called. On a Magic Create a Column, replace all Column, Butterfly, or O-Circulates with Magic Circulates in that setup.


As far as I can tell, the definition of Create a Column is the same as Deflate. The only difference is that callers usually call Deflate only when people are on O-spots (or perhaps Butterfly spots), but they will call Create a Column from an arbitrary 16-matrix.

Cross Follow Thru

Follow Thru, but those who meet use the other hand. Starting from a box, this is the same as Weave.


Cross Lockit

Lockit and Spread.


Cross Roll to a Diamond

This call usually starts from two-faced lines. The centers Cross Roll to a Wave and the ends slide together and Hinge.


Cross the Ocean

This call starts from facing couples, and is danced about like Vertical 1/2 Tag and Weave. It is equivalent to Half Sashay and Pass the Ocean. From a single double pass thru setup, you can do ``Single File Cross the Ocean,'' in which case you Extend twice (to a box) and Weave.


Curl Apart

Starting from lines, centers Trade and flip away from each other; ends Cross Fold and step ahead (Cross Run). This is the same as Slip and Switch.


Curve {direction} means Press {direction} while turning 1/4 the same way. It feels like the beaus' part of Wheel Thru.

Leads Curve Right:

Cycle and {call}

This is a generalization of Cycle and Wheel. Those who can, Recycle; the others do {call}. Some people get confused because they think Cycle and Wheel is ``those who can, Recycle, and those who can, Wheel and Deal.'' Then Cycle and 1/2 Tag is called, and they are confused because everyone can do a 1/2 Tag. The solution to this is to first determine who can Recycle, and if you cannot do the Recycle, then do the other call.

Cycle and 1/2 Tag:

Occasionally the Recycle in Cycle and {call} is a Split or Facing Recycle; it does not have to be a wave-type Recycle.

Cycle and Detour:

All 8 Cycle and {call} is a variation on All 8 Recycle. The most common usage is All 8 Cycle and Wheel from a 1/4 line setup (1/4 tag with a two-faced line in the center). The ends Recycle into the center, and the centers Wheel and Deal to the outside (Cross Concentric).


Deflate is usually called from an O. On Deflate the O, those close together do 2 Phantom Column Circulates; those far apart do 2 O-Circulates, ending in a normal column. On Deflate the Butterfly (rare), those close together do 2 Phantom Column Circulates; those far apart do 2 Butterfly Circulates, again ending in a normal column.

Deflate the O:

Frequently only four people are asked to ``Deflate to a Box of Four.'' These people are generally ends of a column and must do 2 Phantom Column Circulates to end in a box of four with each other in the center.

#1, #4, #5, #8 Deflate to a Box of Four:


Centers Counter Rotate and Roll; ends Zing and Divide. The Counter Rotate may be a Box Counter Rotate or a Lockit. Starting from lines, this call ends T-boned; it is also used from T-bones to create normal lines.

If you find it hard to do Counter Rotate and Roll accurately from a Box, try doing Couple Up instead.

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