Spin Chain the Gears – Teaching

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Spin Chain the Gears

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Choreography for Patter Teaching with Singing Call Options:

Teaching Tips:

Spin Chain the Gears
A) Review Spin Chain Thru a few times first – here’s a “cousin” of that call.
B) Starts like a Spin Chain Thru and after the gears turn, centers finish like Spin Chain Thru.
C) A good one to demo first and cue heavily.
D) Emphasize that 4 people “line up” after the stars turn 3/4, they will do a trade and a cast 3/4, while the others “flip out of the way!” (Like a Peel Off action)
E) “Gears, Gears, Gears” chant during the star turn – helps distinguish this later from “Exchange”.

More teaching suggestions:
— Note that calling Spin Chain the Gears twice in a row allows both ends to dance both end parts and both centers to dance both center parts.

Quick quote: “All Turn Half, Centers Turn 3/4 while others U-Turn Back, Very Centers Trade, Two Stars Turn 3/4, Very Centers Trade and Cast Off 3/4 while others flip out”

Teaching Standard Applications:

Heads Square Thru Four,
Spin Chain the Gears,
Patter: Scoot Back, Extend, Right and Left Grand
Singer: [ Scoot Back, ] Swing and Promenade,
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Heads (or Sides) Square Thru 4 (or an equivalent),
Step to a Wave, Spin Chain the Gears,
Recycle & Sweep 1/4 (or Linear Cycle),
Slide Thru,
Patter: Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand,
Bucket Stir: Allemande Left, Right and Left Grand, Bow to the Partner
Singer: Swing and Promenade (half)
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Heads Pass Thru and Cloverleaf,
All Double Pass Thru, Leaders Partner Trade,
Spin Chain the Gears,
Patter: Spin Chain the Gears, Scoot Back, Half Circulate, Box the Gnat, Slide Thru, Home
Singer: Swing and Promenade
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Heads Left Touch 1/4 and Walk and Dodge,
Step to a Wave, Acey Deucey,
Spin Chain the Gears,
Patter: Swing Thru, Spin the Top, Slide Thru, Left Allemande
Singer: Swing and Promenade
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Heads Slide Thru and Spread,
Forward and Back, Pass Thru,
Half Tag, Spin Chain the Gears,
Patter: Spin Chain the Gears, Swing Thru, Cast Off 3/4, Walk and Dodge, Allemande Left, Home
Singer: Men Run (or Swing) and Promenade
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