Sweep a Quarter – Definition

Teaching Resource for SWEEP A QUARTER

Links:   Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend

CALLERLAB Program: Basic Part 2
Teaching Order: After Flutterwheel
Recently Taught Calls: Double Pass Thru, First Couple Go Left …, Zoom

Background: Sweep a Quarter was created in 1971 by Jerry Helt from Cincinnati, Ohio.


Minimum number of dancers needed: four

Starting formation for the minimum number needed: Facing couples in a circling movement (right or left).

Command examples:
— Flutterwheel and Sweep 1/4
— Wheel and Deal and Sweep 1/4
— Recycle and Sweep 1/4

Dance action: Dancers continue the circling movement one quarter (90°) in the direction of their body flow.

Ending formations: Facing Couples

Timing: 2 couples, 2 steps; all 4 couples, 4 steps.

Styling: All dancers use couple handholds. Couples working together should smoothly disengage previous handhold and blend into the sweeping basic.


Facing Couple or Ocean Wave Rule: The Ocean Wave Rule does not apply.

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