California Twirl – Teaching

Basic Part 1
California Twirl

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Choreography for Patter Teaching with Singing Call Options:

Teaching Tips:

California Twirl
A.) Don’t grip the hands.
B.) Boy turns right face, girl turns left face.
C.) End looking at the wall that was behind you.
D.) Boy raises near hand with partner, palm upward like a landing field position, moves forward around the girl while she rotates her fingers in the boys palm and twirls under the arched hands to face the wall behind; each dancer moves handhold back to normal dance position.

More teaching suggestions:
— The woman knows where her head and hands are, so she should lift her own hand far enough to avoid her head. If she is not comfortable raising her arm, or if the man’s arms are not long enough, the dancers should slide out of the handhold, and gesture with fingertips at an imaginary arch.

Global View: Couple turns around by making an arch — girl goes under while boy walks around.

Quick quote: “Arch, girl under, boy around”

Teaching Standard Applications:

Heads Star Thru and California Twirl,
Heads Split Two, Separate around 1 to a Line,
Forward and Back,
Pass Thru and U-Turn Back,
Patter: Pass Thru, Allemande Left
Singer: Star Thru and Pass Thru, Allemande Left, come back and Promenade
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Head Ladies Chain across,
Sides Lead Right, All Pass Thru,
Outsides California Twirl, Centers Pass Thru,
Right and Left Thru and Veer Left,
Couples Circulate,
Patter: (Ladies) Chain Down the Line and Rollaway, Circle Left to home
Singer: (Ladies) Chain Down the Line into a Promenade
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Heads (with partner) California Twirl and Separate,
Around 1 to a Line, Star Thru,
Centers Pass Thru, Star Thru,
Forward and Back, All Eight Circle Left,
Ladies In, Men Sashay,
Patter: Allemande Left, Promenade
Singer: again Ladies In, Men Sashay, Allemande Left, Promenade
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Heads Promenade Halfway,
Heads Star Thru and Pass Thru,
Single Circle half, and Star Thru,
California Twirl,
Right and Left Thru, Pass Thru,
Patter: Allemande Left, Face In, Home
Singer: Swing Corner and Promenade