Turn Thru – Definition

Teaching Resource for TURN THRU

Links:   Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend

CALLERLAB Program: Mainstream
Teaching order: After Cloverleaf
Recently taught calls: Touch 1/4, Ferris Wheel

Background: Turn Thru was written in 1964 by Wayne Moyers from Fort Worth, Texas. Turn Thru was listed in the 1972 Sets In Order Extended Basics Program of American Square Dancing.


Starting formation: Facing Dancers

Command examples:
— Turn Thru
— Swing Thru; Turn Thru
— Girls Turn Thru
— Squared set: Heads Turn Thru; Separate, Around 1 To A Line
— Heads Square Thru 4; Spin The Top; Turn Thru; Courtesy Turn

Dance action: In one smooth motion, dancers Step To A Wave (but use forearm styling), Right Arm Turn 1/2, and Step Thru.

Ending formation: Back-To-Back Dancers

Timing: 4

Styling: Similar to Allemande Left. Use normal forearm position. Men’s free hand in natural dance position. Woman’s skirt work desirable for free hand.

Turn Thru is always a 180 degree turn. From an Alamo Ring, if the desired action is to get everyone to their corners, the proper call would be an Arm Turn, not a Turn Thru.

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

Link to Taminations: Taminations Turn Thru