Turn Back – U-Turn Back – Definition

Teaching Resource for U-TURN BACK

Links:   Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend

CALLERLAB Program: Basic Part 1

Teaching Order: After Half Sashay Family and before Separate
Recently Taught Calls: Star, Pass Thru

Background: The first use of U-Turn Back in modern square dancing was in 1954 by Jim York from Mill Valley, California.


U-Turn Back is one of two calls in the Turn Back family. Both members of this family have the dancer turn around to end facing the opposite direction.

Minimum number of dancers needed: One

Starting formation for the minimum number needed: Individual dancer

Command examples:
— U-Turn Back
— Men U-Turn Back
— Centers U-Turn Back
— Promenade, Keep Walking; Everybody U-Turn Back; Promenade this way around
— Wheel And Deal; Centers U-Turn Back; Double Pass Thru

Dance action: The dancer does an individual about-face turn (180 degrees) in place, turning toward partner unless the body flow dictates otherwise. If alone (i.e., no partner), the dancer turns toward the center of the set. If the solo dancer is facing directly toward or away from the center of the set, the turn may be in either direction.

Ending formation: Individual dancer

Timing: 2

Styling: Isolated dancer: Arms in natural dance position. Adjacent dancers connected with a handhold: Release the handhold, perform the dance action, and reconnect with the appropriate handhold (couple or mini-wave). Couples promenading in Skater’s position can U-Turn Back without releasing handholds by turning towards each other.

Comments: (none)

Facing Couple or Ocean Wave Rule: Neither rule applies to U-Turn Back.

Link to Taminations: Taminations Turn Back Family