Slide Thru – Definition

Teaching Resource for SLIDE THRU

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CALLERLAB Program: Mainstream
Teaching order: After Walk and Dodge
Recently taught calls: Cast Off 3/4, Spin the Top

Background: Slide Thru was written in 1965 by Harlan Moody from Elmwood, Illinois. It was first presented under the name “Curve Thru”. Slide Thru was listed in the 1972 Extended Basics Program of American Square Dancing. By 1976 it had been moved to the CALLERLAB Mainstream Program.


Starting formation: Facing Dancers

Command examples:
— Slide Thru

Dance action: In a single smooth motion, Pass Thru and Men Face Right, Women Face Left.

Ending formations: If two men, Right-Hand Mini-Wave; if two women, Left-Hand Mini-Wave; otherwise, a Couple.

Timing: 4

Styling: Arms in natural dance position with skirt work optional for the women. Hands should be rejoined in the appropriate position (Couple or Hands Up handhold) for the next call.

The turn can be blended with the Pass Thru to finish with a sliding or dodging motion.

Comment: The Ocean Wave Rule applies to this call.

Facing Couple or Ocean Wave Rule: The Ocean Wave Rule applies to this call.

Link to Taminations: Taminations Slide Thru