Recycle – Definition

Teaching Resource for RECYCLE

Links:   Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend

CALLERLAB Program: Mainstream
Teaching order: After Scoot Back
Recently taught calls: Tag the Line, Tag Fractions

Background: Recycle (from a wave) was written in 1974 by Lee Kopman from Wantagh, New York. He first wrote All Eight Recycle which is a more complicated call that contains within it the idea that became Recycle (from a wave). Within the year, callers had begun to use that idea as a separate call. Recycle is listed as an Experimental in the 1976 Callerlab Mainstream Program. By 1980 it was listed as the last call in the Mainstream Program.


Starting formation: Ocean Wave only.

Command examples:
— Recycle

Dance action:
Ends Cross Fold. Meanwhile, each Center Folds behind the adjacent End and follows the End around, adjusting to finish side-by-side in Facing Couples.

Ending formations: Facing couples

Timing: 4 steps

Styling: As each End and adjacent Center begin to turn, they release their mini-wave handhold. They smoothly establish a couple handhold once they are approximately facing the same direction.

— The Facing Couples Rule does not apply. From Facing Couples, the call Recycle has a different definition that is not part of the Mainstream program.

— When teaching it may be helpful to prompt the action of the Centers as “Fold, follow, face” and to explain that the Centers walk almost a full circle to finish a small step back from where they started and beside the dancer they followed.

Facing Couple or Ocean Wave Rule: The Facing Couples Rule does not apply.

Link to Taminations: Taminations Recycle