Teaching Resource for DIXIE STYLE TO A WAVE
CALLERLAB Program: Mainstream
Teaching order: After Fold / Cross Fold
Recently taught calls: Walk and Dodge, Slide Thru
Background: Dixie Style to a Wave was written in 1957 by Madeleine Allen from Larkspur, California. It is listed as Dixie Style in the 1972 Extended Basics Program of American Square Dancing which also lists Dixie Chain. By 1976 Dixie Style was listed in the CALLERLAB Mainstream Program.
Starting formation: Facing Couples, Facing Tandems
— Dixie Style to a Wave
— Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave
— Put the Ladies in the Lead, Dixie Style to a Wave (from normal Facing Couples)
— Ladies Lead, Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave (from normal Facing Couples)
— On a Double Track, Dixie Style (from a Double Pass Thru)
— Boys Lead, Dixie Style to a Wave (from sashayed Facing Couples)
From Facing Couples, do half of Half Sashay (i.e., dancers slide inward until they form a Tandem, with the original right-hand dancer in front) and Centers Right Pull By; all Left Touch 1/4.
From Facing Tandems, Centers Right Pull By; all Left Touch 1/4.
Ending formations: Left-Hand Ocean Wave
From Facing Couples, the left-hand dancers take a full step back and to the right. This prepares for the Left Touch 1/4 while giving the right-hand dancers room to Right Pull By.
From Facing Tandems, the trailers step slightly to the right to prepare for the Left Touch 1/4.
The Ocean Wave Rule applies to this call (from a Single 1/4 Tag).
From a Double Pass Thru, it is confusing to simply call Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave because of the following ambiguity: The center 4 could do the call starting from Facing Couples, or each Tandem could do the call with the Tandem they are facing. The caller should clarify by using extra words like:
— Center 4, Dixie Style to a Wave, or
— On a Double Track (or “Single File” or “Each Column of 4”), Dixie Style to a Wave.
“Double Track” is used to describe two side-by-side Facing Tandems; some callers avoid this terminology when the Facing Tandems are end-to-end (i.e., a 1×8 formation with Facing Tandems on each side). Also see “Part 4: Additional Detail: Starting Formations”.
From a normal Squared Set, “All 4 Ladies Lead, Dixie Style to a Wave” is an extended application (and is likely to come after Four Ladies Chain). The Right Pull By is replaced by Right-Hand Star 1/2, similar to Four Ladies Chain. After the Left Touch 1/4, dancers end in a Thar with men in the center. Callers should expect to workshop this application.
Facing Couple or Ocean Wave Rule: The Ocean Wave Rule applies to this call (from a Single 1/4 Tag).
Link to Taminations: Taminations Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave