Load the Boat – Definition

Teaching Resource for LOAD THE BOAT

Links:   Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend

CALLERLAB Program: Plus

Teaching Order: After Ping Pong Circulate

Recently taught calls: Acey Deucey, Teacup Chain

Background: Load the Boat was created in 1966 by Holman Hudspeth from Detroit, Michigan. It was in the Plus Two list as published in Sets in Order in 1980.


Starting formation: Lines of four, with centers facing in, and the ends of each line facing the same (in or out) direction.

Dance action: The end dancers move forward around the outside, passing right shoulders with three moving end dancers, and turn one-quarter in (90 degrees) to stand beside the third person passed, facing the center of the set as a couple. Simultaneously, the center four dancers Pass Thru, turn their backs to their momentary partners, Partner Trade with their new partners, and Pass Thru.

Ending formations: From Facing Lines it ends in Eight Chain Thru

Timing: 12

Styling: The end dancers, while moving on the outside, leave enough room for the center dancers to work comfortably. Arms are held in natural dance position throughout the action, blending into the appropriate hand position for the next call.

Facing Couples or Ocean Wave Rule: The Ocean Wave Rule applies.

Link to Taminations: Taminations Load the Boat