Chain Down the Line – Definition

Teaching Resource for CHAIN DOWN THE LINE

Links:   Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend

CALLERLAB Program: Basic Part 1
Teaching Order: After Veer Left and before Bend the Line
Recently Taught Calls: Split Two, Courtesy Turn, Ladies Chain, Do Paso

Background: Chain Down the Line is listed in the April 1981 #3457 of Burleson’s Encyclopedia.


Minimum number of dancers needed: Four

Starting formation for the minimum number needed: General Line with the centers holding right hands

Command example:
— Chain Down the Line

Dance action: Centers Turn 1/2 by the Right while ends adjust as necessary. Then the ends Courtesy Turn the centers to finish in Facing Couples.

Ending formation: Facing Couples

Timing: 8

Comment: At Mainstream, Chain Down the Line starts only with women as centers and men as ends because Courtesy Turn is restricted to men turning women.

Facing Couple or Ocean Wave Rule: Neither rule applies to Chain Down the Line

Link to Taminations: Ladies Chain Family