Trade By – Definition

Teaching Resource for TRADE BY

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

Background: Trade By was created in 1969 by Bill Davis of Menlo Park, California. This action was a portion of a more involved earlier movement called Barge Thru, which was created by Manny Amore of Lakewood, New Jersey. Callers started inventing their own names for this Partner Trade plus Pass Thru combination. One name credited to Vaughn Parrish was “Do That Little Thing”. Trade By was listed by Sets In Order in the 1972 Extended Basics Program of American Square Dancing.


Minimum number of dancers needed: Eight

Starting formation for the minimum number needed: Trade By or any formation in which two couples are facing each other and the other couples are facing out.

Command examples:
— Trade By

Dance action: The couples facing each other Pass Thru, the couples facing out do a Partner Trade to face in.

Ending formations: Starting in a Trade By formation ends in an Eight Chain Thru formation.

Timing: 4 steps

Styling: Same as Pass Thru and Partner Trade.


Facing Couple or Ocean Wave Rule: The Ocean Wave Rule applies to the center dancers in 3/4 Tag formation.

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