Teaching Resource for LEAD RIGHT / LEAD LEFT
CALLERLAB Program: Basic Part 1
Teaching Order: After Do Paso and before Veer
Recently Taught Calls: Separate, Split Two, Courtesy Turn, Ladies Chain
Background: Lead Out to the Right or Left is #7 in Burleson’s Encyclopedia. It is used in many traditional square dances, so it obviously has a long history.
Minimum number of dancers needed: Two
Starting formation for the minimum number needed: Couple
— Heads Lead Right
— Sides Lead Left
— Sides Lead Out To The Right
— Couple #1 Lead Out To The Right
— Wheel And Deal and Lead Right (from Right-Hand Tidal Two-Faced Line)
— Heads Right and Left Thru, then Lead Left
Dance action: Directed couple(s), working as a unit, move forward along a 90 degree arc to face the couple (or wall) to their right (for Lead Right) or to their left (for Lead Left).
Ending formation: Couple
Styling: A couple handhold is maintained throughout the call. Outside hands in normal dance position.
Comments: This call is almost always done from a Squared Set, ending in an Eight Chain Thru.
The active couples have an expectation of facing other dancers at the end of the call. Applications of Lead Right that leave the dancers facing no one may be considered unusual.
When done from Facing Couples, the ending formation is Back-to-Back Couples.
Facing Couple or Ocean Wave Rule: Neither rule applies to either Lead Right or Lead Left.
Link to Taminations: Taminations Lead Right / Lead Left