Arm Turns – Standard Applications

Basic Part 1
Arm Turns

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Standard Applications:

a) Left Arm Turn
— i) Center 4-Dancer Right-Hand Star with others in Static Square Positions or Circle or after a Slip the Clutch, 4 Boys in Center Star
Comment: (e.g. Boys Star Right, Turn Partner Left full turn to an Allemande Thar) Also feasible if 4 girls are in the Center Star but this is not called nearly as often.

— ii) Right & Left Grand Circle, Boys facing one way, Girls facing the other way
Comment: One common example is: Walk Around Your Corner, Turn Partner Left, Four Ladies Chain.

— iii) Waves or Columns, All Arrangements
Comment: Left Arm Turns can be successfully used with fractions in place of Single Hinge, Trade or Cast Off 3/4.

b) Right Arm Turn
— i) Center 4-Dancer Left-Hand Star or 4-Dancer Single File Promenade with others in Static Square or Circle, 4 Boys in Center Star or Promenade
Comment: Called most often in singing call choreography and requires clear directions on who is interacting. (e.g. Men Promenade, Turn Partner Right, Allemande Left)

— ii) Right & Left Grand Circle, All 4 Boys facing one way, all 4 Girls facing the other way
Comment: (e.g. Grand Right and Left, Turn Your Partner Right, Allemande Left)

— iii) Waves or Columns, All Arrangements
Comment: (see comment for Left Arm Turns)