Slip the Clutch – Definition

Teaching Resource for SLIP THE CLUTCH

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CALLERLAB Program: Mainstream
Teaching order: After Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar and Wrong Way Thar
Recently Taught Calls: Wheel Around, Allemande Thar

Background: “Slip the Clutch” is listed as number 39 in Burleson’s Encyclopedia.


Minimum number of dancers needed: Eight

Starting formation for the minimum number needed: Thar in motion, Wrong Way Thar in motion

Command examples:
— Slip The Clutch, Allemande Left
— Slip The Clutch, Skip One, Left Allemande
— Slip The Clutch, Skip One, Skip Another, Skip Another, Turn Partner Left, Four Ladies Chain
— (From a Wrong Way Thar) Slip The Clutch, Pass Two, Right And Left Grand

Dance action: Any backward motion is stopped as outside dancers release arm holds with the adjacent centers. All dancers move forward around the center of the set to the next dancer.
On the command to Skip (or Pass) one or more dancers, everyone walks forward within their circle, passing the indicated number of dancers.

Ending formations: Thar, Wrong Way Thar

Timing: 2

Styling: Despite the change of moving direction, center dancers can make the switch flowing and comfortable if the arm hold is released effortlessly and that same hand is held ready for the next call. The handhold after a Slip The Clutch depends on the next call.

Center dancers generally maintain their star.

Comments: The Facing Couples Rule does not apply to this call.

Facing Couples or Ocean Wave Rule: Facing Couples Rule does not apply

Link to Taminations:

Link to Taminations: Taminations Slip the Clutch