DANCING - LESSON
BOX CALLS WITH MEN IN THE BELLE POSITION
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6.1 BOX CALLS WITH MEN (LADIES) IN THE BELLE (BEAU)
6.1.1 FACE IN & FACE OUT
FACE IN, each dancer makes a quarter turn to either the left or right
to face their partner. The dancers end up in an IN-FACING BOX from any
other BOX formation.
Figure 6-1. FACE IN.
FACE OUT, each dancer makes a quarter turn to either the right or left
to face away from their partner. After this call dancers have new
partners. The dancers end up in an OUT-FACING BOX from any other BOX
Figure 6-2. FACE OUT.
6.1.2 FACE RIGHT & FACE LEFT
FACE RIGHT, each dancer makes a quarter turn toward his right shoulder.
Dancers in an IN or an OUT-FACING BOX end up in a RIGHT HAND BOX and
Figure 6-3. FACE RIGHT.
FACE LEFT, each dancer makes a quarter turn toward his left shoulder.
After this call dancers have new partners. Dancers in an IN or an
OUT-FACING BOX end up in a RIGHT HAND BOX and visa versa.
Figure 6-4. FACE LEFT.
6.1.3 U-TURN BACK
BOX (OUT-FACING BOX): All dancers turn around in place (180º)
they rotate so that partners momentarily face each other. The
dancers end up in an OUT-FACING BOX (IN-FACING BOX).
Figure 6-5. U-TURN BACK.
6.1.4 HALF SASHAY
Two HALF SASHAYs move the dancers counter-clockwise around each
other to their
The dancers in the BELLE position (on the right) step forward and slide
to the left, and dancers in the BEAU position (on the left) step back
and slide to the right so that the partners exchange places without
changing their facing direction.
Figure 6-6. HALF SASHAY
6.1.5 ALLEMANDE LEFT and TURN BY THE LEFT
LEFT ALLEMANDE is a ‘sex
dependent” call like CALIFORNIA TWIRL, STAR THRU adn SLIDE THRU are.
BOX: Each dancer faces the designated dnacer joins left forearms, turns
180º around the joined arms, releases the arm-hold, and steps forward.
The dancers end up in an OUT-FACING BOX.
For LEFT ALLEMANDE the
designated dancer is always the LADY on the left for lthe MAN dancer
and the MAN on the right for the LADY dancer even if the MAN dancer is
in the BELLE position and the LADY dancer is in the BEAU position.
Figure 6-7. LEFT ALEMANDE.FORM FACING COUPLES
5.1.6 TURNTHRU and TURN BY THE RIGHT
BOX: Each dancer faces the designated dancer, joins right forearms,
turns 180º, releases the arm-hold, and steps forward. The dancers end
up in an OUT-FACING BOX.
Figure 6-8. TURN CORNER BY THE RIGNT.
6.1.7 ALL AROUND
BOX: Each dancer faces the corner, steps forward and to the left so
that the right shoulders are close, walks 180º around the corner as the
corner walks 180º around him. Then both dancers step forward. The right
shoulders of both dancers should be adjacent as the dancers walk around
each other. The motion is like a TURN BY THE RIGHT without the arm
hold. The dancers end up in an OUT-FACING BOX.
Figure 6-9. ALL AROUND YOUR CORNER.
6.1.8 SEE SAW
is usually called after ALL AROUND THE CORNER: Each dancer faces the
partner, steps forward and to the right so that the left shoulders are
close, walks 180º around the partner, as the partner walks 180º around
him. Then both dancers step forward. The left shoulders of both dancers
should be adjacent as the dancers walk around each other. The motion is
like a TURN BY THE LEFT without the arm hold. The dancers end
in an OUT-FACING BOX.
This is an
animation of ALL AROUND THE CORNER & SEESAW YOUR OWN.
the RED Couple only)
Figure 6-10. SEE SAW.
6.1.9 BOX THE GNAT
NOTE: BOX THE GNAT is different for the
and LADY dnacer no matter what bposition they are in. This call is ‘sex
dependent”, not ‘position dependent’.
BOX: Each dancer steps forward, lightly joins right hands while raising
their arms. The LADY dancer steps forward and walks under the MAN
dancer's arm while doing a U-TURN BACK and keeping hands joined. The
MAN dancer walks forward and around the LADY dancer and does a U-TURN
BACK while keeping hands joined. The dancers end up in an IN-FACING BOX
with hands still joined, each in the other dancer's starting position.
Figure 6-11. BOX THE GNAT.
6.2 SUMMARY of calls that reverse partner and corner
· FACE IN and FACE OUT
· FACE LEFT and FACE RIGHT
· ALLEMANDE LEFT (007)
· LEFT (RIGHT) ARM TURN (007)
· HALF SASHAY (014)
· U-TURN BACK (015)
· ALL AROUND THE CORNER (026)
· SEE SAW (027)
· BOX THE GNAT (035)
6.3 PRACTICE CALL SEQUENCES
6.3.1 EXERCISE 6.1 – FACE IN, OUT, LEFT, and RIGHT
· SQUARE YOUR SET
· FACE IN
· FACE OUT
· FACE LEFT
· SLIDE THRU (home)
6.3.2 EXERCISE 6.2 – ALL AROUND, SEE SAW, ALEMANDE
· Square your set
· ALL AROUND YOUR
· SEE SAW YOUR PARTNER
· DOSADO YOUR PARTNER
· FACE IN (home)
6.3.3 EXERCISE 6.3 – BOX THE GNAT, U-TURN BACK
· SQURE YOUR SET
· BOX THE
· R&L THRU (who turns
· PASS THRU
· U-TURN BACK, (home)
6.3.4 EXERCISE 6.4 – CIRCULATE
· SQUARE YOUR SET
· FACT LEFT
· FACE IN
· SQUARE THUR
· PARTNER TRADE (home)
The 38 calls in Lessons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 can be done in any sequence,
as long as they can be executed. The worst that can happen now is that
1) the MAN dancer does not end up paired with the original LADY, 2) the
MAN dancer is in he BELLE position, and 3) the COUPLE is not at
home. Further the person calling may not know which MAN and LADY
dancers were originally partners. Thus, in any BOX formation the calls
SWING YOUR ORIGINAL
PARTNER and PROMENADE HOME will resolve the formaton, that is square