Peel the Top – Definition

Teaching Resource for PEEL THE TOP

Links:   Standard Analyze Module Teach Other Extend

CALLERLAB Program: Plus

Teaching Order: After Relay the Deucey

Recently taught calls: Explode the Wave, Explode & (Anything)

Background: Peel the Top was created in 1973 by Melvin Roberts from Memphis, Tennessee. It was in the 1976 Mainstream Plus list which became the Plus One List by 1980.


Starting formation: Box circulate or Z-Formation.

Dance action: The lead dancers Peel Off as the trailing dancers step straight forward and take adjacent hands; everyone then does a Fan the Top.

Timing: 6

Styling: Lead dancers have arms in natural dance position and adjust hands to appropriate position for next call. It is important that dancers move slightly forward before starting the “peeling” motion. Trailing dancers use hands up position and styling as described in the basic Swing Thru.

Facing Couples or Ocean Wave Rule: Neither rule applies.

Link to Taminations: Taminations Peel the Top