Sashay – Ladies In Men Sashay – Definition

Teaching Resource for LADIES IN, MEN SASHAY

Links:   Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend

CALLERLAB Program: Basic Part 1
Teaching Order: After Pass Thru and before Turn Back Family
Recently Taught Calls: Right and Left Grand, Star

Background: “Ladies Center and Men Sashay” is listed as number 719 in Burleson’s Encyclopedia. It was listed as part of the CALLERLAB Basic Program in 1976, but it was not listed in the 1972 Sets In Order Basic Program.


Ladies In Men Sashay is one of three calls in the Half Sashay family. All three calls in the Half Sashay family have the two dancers in a couple exchange places while retaining their original facing direction.

Minimum number of dancers needed: Eight

Starting formation for the minimum number needed: Infacing Circle of 8 of alternating men and women

Command examples:
— Circle Left; Ladies In, Men Sashay; Circle Left
— Circle Left; Ladies Center, Men Sashay
— Circle Right; Ladies In, Men Sashay
— Circle Right; Men Center, Ladies Sashay
— Circle Left; Men Center, Ladies Sashay

Dance action: From a Circle Left, the ladies step forward and pause while the men continue to move to the left, behind, and past one lady. The ladies now step back and rejoin hands in a circle with the men. From a Circle Right, the men move to the right.

Ending formation: Infacing Circle Of 8

Timing: 4

Styling: Men’s hands in slightly up position ready to rejoin the women in the circle. Commonly women have both hands on skirt when moving to the center and either momentarily bunch skirts or flip the skirt front up slightly before returning to the circle.

Comment: Used for occasional variety, any dancers can be asked to go “In” while the others “Sashay” (e.g., “Men In, Ladies Sashay”)

Facing Couple or Ocean Wave Rule: Neither rule applies to Ladies In, Men Sashay

Link to Taminations: Taminations Half Sashay Family