Circulate – Split and Box – Teaching

Basic Part 1
Circulate – Split and Box

Links:   Define Standard Analyze Module Other Extend

Choreography for Patter Teaching with Singing Call Options:

Teaching Tips:

A.) First time dancers are expected to know formations.
B.) All are standing on magical spots, move forward to the next spot in front of you.
C.) Look before you leap.
D.) Work call from increasing degrees of difficulty: Single File, As Couples, Ends, Centers, from two faced lines then from Waves, lastly All 8.
E.) If facing different directions all must let go first.
F.) Move them to all positions and remind them not to think right/left but advance forward one spot in the formation.
G.) Have the dancers visualize a race track, rail road track, or running track oval.
H.) Action can be described as taking a walk around a city block.
I.) Emphasize, “Circle-late” a forward action that can be done multiple times, bringing you back to the same starting point.

More teaching suggestions:

— For Box Circulate, explain that only four designated dancers are moving.
— For Split Circulate, explain how the eight dancers are divided into two groups of four.

Quick quote: “Your track is in your group of four”

Teaching Standard Applications:

These applications of Circulate may be saved for later since they are usually used in combination with Swing Thru, Trade and Run which are all in Basic Part 2.

Split Circulate:
Head Ladies Chain
Sides Lead Right, Dosado to a Wave
Split Circulate twice (those facing in go straight across, those facing out turn right to face in)
[ Boys Left Arm Turn full around ]
Patter: Girls Circulate, Promenade Partner
Short Singer: Swing Corner, Promenade
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Split Circulate:
All Four Ladies Chain 3/4
Heads Lead Right, Pass Thru, Face In
Lines of four go Forward and Back
Pass Thru, Girls U-Turn Back
Split Circulate
Patter: Arm Turn 1/4, Girls Circulate, Swing Partner
Singer: Swing Corner and Promenade
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Box Circulate:
Heads Pass Thru and Separate Around One into the Middle
Centers Dosado to a Wave
Same four Right Arm Turn 1/4 to make a box
Centers Box Circulate twice to the corner
Patter: Allemande Left, Come back and Promenade
Singer: Allemande Left, Hold on and Promenade