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Beginners Square Dances - Southeast Michigan - MI

Teaching Plus Level Square Dancing - Do it yourself
Beginners Square Dance Classes
Dave Smith - Caller
SE MI Square Dance Clubs
South Lyon Square Dancing

A guide for dancers to teach themselves Plus square dancing (assuming they know Mainstream).  This is intended for clubs who do not have a caller available to teach their Plus class.  You'll need a square of Mainstream dancers, and an extra dancer to read the calls to you (to take the place of the caller.)  Music in the background is not required.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Plus for Dancers

 

A do-it-yourself program for clubs who can’t hire a caller to teach their plus class

 

To be used in conjunction with Plus definition books and Plus videos

 

By: Dave Smith, South Lyon, Michigan

 

Copyright 2010


Mainstream review

 

 

mainstream program

54. Cloverleaf
55. Turn Thru

56. Pass To The Center
57. Spin The Top
58.Center In
59.Cast Off 3/4
60.Walk & Dodge
61.Slide Thru
62.Fold
63.Dixie Style--Ocean Wave
64. Spin Chain Thru
65.Tag the line
66.Half Tag

67.Scoot Back
68.Hinge Family
69.Recycle

 

Before beginning Plus lessons, try dancing this mainstream routine.  It tests you on each of the mainstream movements.  Once you can get this right, move onto the Plus lessons.

 

 

Square your sets

Heads (Sides) Slide Thru

Double Pass Thru

Cloverleaf

Centers Pass Thru

Spin Chain Thru

Spin Chain Thru

Swing Thru

Boys Run

Tag the Line

Cloverleaf

Girls Square Thru

Boys courtesy turn that girl

Slide Thru

Pass to the Center

Double Pass Thru

Put Centers In

Cast off

Slide Thru

Centers Pass Thru

Touch

Scoot Back

Scoot Back

Walk and Dodge

Partner Trade

Pass thru

Tag the line

Face in

Pass thru

Ends Fold

Pass to the center

Centers pass thru

Veer left

Half tag the line

Scoot back

Boys run

Right and Left Thru

Dixie Style to an ocean wave

Boys cross run

Recycle

Touch

Scoot back

Single hinge

Split circulate twice

Cast off

All 8 circulate

Swing Thru

Swing Thru

Turn Thru

Trade by

Left Allemande

Promenade

 

 

 


Teaching Plus for Dancers:  a do it yourself program for clubs who can’t hire a caller to teach their plus class.  These workshops should be used in conjunction with a good set of videos demonstrating how the movement is done and with a booklet of definitions of the Plus calls.  These lessons follow the same order as the Saddlebrook Squares Videos, online at: http://www.saddlebrookesquares.com/lessons.htm

 

Here are some good practice calls to do these (hopefully you have someone to read to the group while you practice).  Each of these sequences can be done with heads starting out, and then later with sides starting out.  I have included transitions for practice in the boxes after each lesson.

 

First lesson:

Calls covered: Fan the top, Acey Deucey, Teacup Chain, Ping Pong Circulate

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) Square Thru

Dosado to a wave

Fan the top

Swing Thru

Fan the top

All 8 circulate

Fan the top

Swing thru

Fan the top

Circulate

Swing thru

Boys Run

Ferris Wheel

Center square thru 3

 Allemande left

Right and Left Grand

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) pass the ocean

Extend

Acey Deucey

Swing thru

Acey Deucey

Swing thru

Acey Deucey

Swing thru

Acey Deucey

Boys run

Couples circulate

Acey deucey

Bend the line

Crosstrail thru

Allemande left

Promenade

 

 

 

Square your sets

Head ladies center teacup chain (side lady to the head men)

(wait . . . . wait . . . . wait.. . . . . )

Side ladies center teacup chain (head lady to the side men)

(wait . . . . wait . . . . wait.. . . . . )

Allemande Left, All 8 Spin the top (turn partner right, girls star, boys move up)

Spin it again (turn partner right, boys star, girls move up)

Right and left grand

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) pass the ocean

Ping pong circulate

Ping pong circulate

Ping pong circulate

Ping pong circulate

Centers recycle

Centers pass thru

Circle to a line

Crosstrail thru to corner

Allemande left

Right and left grand

Promenade

 

Lesson one transitions:

 

From a squared set, call heads or sides Pass the ocean, then call ping pong circulate as many times as you feel the need to.  Then call Extend (you are now in ocean waves (parallel), and you can call: Fan the top And acey deucey

As many times as you want.  You can also call swing thru

Mix these three calls together for variety

Swing thru

Acey deucey

Fan the top

You can only call Teacup chain from a squared set.

 


Second Lesson:

calls covered: Grand Swing Through, Diamond Circulate, Flip the Diamond, Cut the Diamond

Square your sets

Heads (sides) square thru

Step to a wave

Spin the top

Grand Swing thru

Fan the top

Swing thru

Fan the top

Grand Swing thru

Spin the top

Swing thru

Acey deucey

Fan the top

Grand swing Thru

Grand Swing thru

Grand Swing Thru

Grand Swing thru

Spin the top

Boys run

Chain down the line

Join 16 hands and make a big circle, circle left,

Allemande left

Grand right and left

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) Pass the ocean

Ping Pong circulate

Extend

Swing thru

Boys run

Couples circulate

Girls hinge

Check your diamonds

Diamond circulate

Diamond circulate

Diamond circulate

Diamond circulate

Girls cast off

Ferris wheel

Centers square thru

Allemande left

Grand right and left

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) lead right

Veer left

Girls hinge

Check your diamonds

Diamond circulate

Flip the diamond

Swing thru

Boys run

Couples circulate

Girls hinge

Check your diamonds

Diamond circulate

Flip the diamond

Swing thru

Boys run

Couples circulate

Girls hinge

Check your diamonds

Diamond circulate

Diamond circulate

Flip the diamond (boys are flippers)

Boys run

Boys circulate

Ferris wheel

Centers square thru 3

Allemande left

Promenade home

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) lead right

Veer left

Ladies hinge

Diamond circulate

Cut the diamond

Couples circulate

Ladies hinge

Diamond circulate

Cut the diamond

Couples circulate

Ladies hinge

Diamond circulate

Cut the diamond

Couples circulate

Ladies hinge

Diamond circulate

Cut the diamond

Couples circulate

Ladies hinge

Diamond circulate

Flip the diamond

Recycle

Circle to a line

Join hands circle left

Allemande left

All 8 Spin the top

All 8 Spin it again

Right and Left Grand

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) lead right

Veer left

Ladies hinge

Diamond circulate

Diamond circulate

Cut the diamond (boys are cutters)

Couple circulate

Boys hinge

Diamond circulate

Cut the diamond (boys are cutters)

Couple circulate

Boys hinge

Diamond circulate

Flip the diamond (boys are flippers)

Girls circulate

Boys Run

Ferris Wheel

Centers Square Thru 3

Allemande left

Promenade

 

Transitions for lesson 2:

 

To get to a grand swing thru:

Call heads (sides) square thru 4

Spin the top

Grand swing thru (as many times as you want)

 

For diamonds:

Call heads (sides) lead right and veer left

Ladies hinge (and you got diamonds)

From here you can diamond circulate, flip the diaomond or cut the diaomond in any order.

 

However, once you flip the diamond youll be in ocean waves, so call: Recycle and veer left to return to two faced lines

From two faced lines, you call: Centers hinge, to return to diamonds.

 

 

 

 


Review:

Lesson 1:Fan the top, Acey Deucey, Teacup Chain, Ping Pong Circulate

Lesson 2: Grand Swing Through, Diamond Circulate, Flip the Diamond, Cut the Diamond

 

 

Third lesson:

Calls covered: Load the Boat, Peel Off, Linear Cycle, (anything) and Spread.

Do all of these figures first with the Heads, then with the sides starting out.

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) half square thru

Slide thru

Load the boat

Slide thru

Load the boat

Pass thru

Trade by

Slide thru

Load the boat

Slide Thru

Load the boat

Swing Thru

Acey Deucey

Boys Run

Bend the Line

Load the Boat

Dosado to a wave

All 8 circulate

Recycle . . . Sweep more

Crosstrail thru

Allemande Left

Right and Left Grand

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) Pass the Ocean

Ping Pong Circulate

Extend

Fan the Top

Load the Boat

Dive Thru

Centers Dosado to a wave

Ping Pong Circulate

Extend

Fan the Top

Load the Boat

 

Dive Thru

Double Pass Thru

First Go Left Next Go Right

Load the Boat

Slide thru

Pass thru

Wheel and Deal

Double pass thru

Leaders trade

Left Allemande

Right and Left Grand

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) Star Thru

Double Pass thru

Peel Off

Forward and Back

Bend the Line

Star Thru

Double Pass Thru

Peel Off

Bend the Line

Star Thru

Centers Pass thru

Circle up to a line

Pass thru

Tag the Line

Peel Off

Pass Thru

Tag the Line

Peel Off

Right and Left Thru                           

Load the Boat                                                

Dive thru

Centers Square Thru

Everybody half square thru

Wheel and Deal

Centers square thru 1 hand

Allemande Left

Grand Right and Left

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) Square Thru

Dosado to a wave

Linear Cycle

Load the Boat

Star Thru

Pass Thru

Tag the Line

Peel Off

Pass The Ocean

Linear Cycle

Pass Thru

Bend the Line

Pass the Ocean

Linear Cycle

Pass Thru

Bend the Line

Pass The Ocean

Linear Cycle

Slide thru

Dive Thru

Centers square thru

Allemande left

Grand Right and Left

Promenade

 

Square your Set

Heads (sides) star thru . . . and spread

Lines forward and back

Star thru . . . . and spread  (centers are spreaders automatically)

Lines forward and back

Star Thru

Centers Pass Thru

Slide Thru

Pass Thru

Wheel and Deal . . . . and Spread

Lines forward and back

Star Thru . . . and spread

Star thru . . . and spread

Star thru

Centers pass thru

Star thru                                                                                             

Pass thru

Wheel and Deal

Centers star thru

You’re home

 

 

Transitions

 

Load the boat can be done anytime you are in facing lines formation, from a squared set just call heads or sides lead right and circle to a line . . . now load the boat.  Load the boat leaves you  in the “8 chain thru” formation, so you have to call star thru to return to lines, than you can call Load the boat again.

 

The easiest way to practice the call Peel off is to get to facing lines (as above) and call “pass thru, tag the line, peel off”,   you could call this over and over again without problem, and you could also occasionally mix in  a “load the boat and star thru”

 

To Practice Linear Cycle, you have to be in ocean wave formation with the boys on the end of the waves.  After a load the boat, you could just say “step to waves” and then “linear cycle”.  From  a squared set, you just call “heads square thru and step to a wave.”  Linear cycle leaves you in facing lines, so you could call load the boat, or the “pass thru, tag the line, peel off” routine above.

 

Spread is a hard call to practice because it really is just an adjective added onto another call.  It can be any call.  Calls it can be added onto include: Star Thru, Slide thru, Wheel and Deal, Ferris wheel, follow your neighbor (most commonly), and there are many others.

 

Fourth lesson:

Calls covered: Coordinate, Crossfire, (anything) . . . and Roll

Do all of these figures first with the Heads, then with the sides starting out.

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) pass the ocean

Extend

Fan the top

Single Hinge

Coordinate

Bend the line

Touch

Coordinate

Couples Circulate

Bend the line

Touch

Coordinate

Bend the line

Touch

Coordinate

Couples circulate

Bend the line

Touch

Coordinate

Girls trade

Bend the line

Crosstrail thru

Allemande Left

Right and left grand

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) lead right

Veer left

Ladies hinge

Diamond circulate

Flip the diamond

Fan the top

Single Hinge

Coordinate

Crossfire

Coordinate

Crossfire

Coordinate

Couples Circulate

Crossfire

Coordinate

Crossfire

Coordinate

Ferris wheel

Zoom

Centers pass thru

Allemande Left

Right and Left Grand

Promenade

 

Heads Pass the Ocean

Ping Pong Circulate

Extend

Acey Deucey

Swing Thru

Boys run

Tag the Line

Trade  and    ROLL

Pass Thru

Trade by

Star Thru

Flutterwheel ., . . Sweep

Veer Left

Tag the line

Trade and Roll

Right and Left thru

Veer left

Bend the line

Pass thru

Partner trade . . . and roll

Right and Left Grand

Promenade

 

Square your sets  (this sequence uses every plus call learned thus far)

Heads (sides) Pass the Ocean

Ping Pong Circulate

Ping Pong Circulate

Extend

Fan the top

Grand Swing Thru

Boys Run

Wheel and Deal

Load the Boat

Circle Left Half way around and  VEER Left

Ladies Hinge

Diamond Circulate

Cut the Diamond

Ladies Hinge

Diamond Circulate

Flip the Diamond

Linear Cycle

Pass thru

Tag the Line  all the way down

Peel off

Touch

Coordinate

Crossfire

Column circulate

Boys run

Circle half way,

Veer to the left

Ferris Wheel . . . . and Spread

Star thru

Centers Pass thru

Right and Left thru

Veer Left

Couples Circulate

Half Tag

Trade and Roll

Eight Chain 3

Left Allemande

Right and Left Grand

Promenade

 

Transitions:

 

To call a coordinate, from a squared set you must first get to columns.  To do that call heads (sides) lead right and circle to a line.  Now Touch .  Now you are in columns.  From columns you can call coordinate.  After coordinate, you are in a two faced line, which is the starting position  for Crossfire.  After crossfire, you are back in columns, so you can call coordinate again and so on.

To call Roll, from two faced lines call “ half tag, trade and roll.”  This puts you in an 8 chain thru formation.  Call veer left, and you are back to two faced lines, and you can try it again.  From facing lines, you could call, “pass thru, partner trade, and roll”, and this will put you into an 8 chain thru formation.

 

 

Fifth lesson:

Calls covered: Track II, Single Circle to a Wave, Spin Chain the Gears

Do all of these figures first with the Heads, then with the sides starting out.

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) star thru

Double Pass thru

Track II

Swing thru

Boys Run

Ferris Wheel

Double Pass Thru

Track II

Recycle

Pass to the Center

Double Pass thru

Track II

Linear Cycle

Pass thru

Wheel and Deal

Double Pass thru

Track II

Boys circulate

Linear cycle

Pass thru

Partner trade . . . and roll

Right and Left Grand

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) Square Thru

Single Circle to a wave

Acey Deucey

Boys Run

Bend the Line

Single Circle to a wave

Grand Swing Thru

Recycle  . . . . Sweep more

Single Circle to a wave

All 8 circulate

Boys run

Wheel and deal

Single circle to a wave

Acey Deucey

Boys circulate

Boys run

Ferris wheel

Centers square thru

Allemande Left

Promenade

 

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) star thru

Double Pass thru

Track II

Spin chain the Gears

Recycle

Single Circle to a wave

Swing Thru

Spin chain the Gears

All 8 Circulate

Spin Chain the Gears

Linear Cycle

Pass Thru

Bend The Line

Pass the Ocean

Spin Chain the Gears

Girls Circulate

Linear Cycle

Pass thru

Bend the Line

Pass thru

Partner trade . . . and roll

Right and left grand

 

 

Transitions:

To call track II, you must be in a double pass thru formation.  To get there from a squared set, call, “heads (sides) star thru”.  Now you can call “Double Pass thru, Track II”.  This leaves you in parallel ocean waves.  You can call something from waves, like Spin chain the Gears, or to get back to Double pass Thru formation, call “ swing thru, boys run, ferris wheel”.  You can then repeat the track II sequence.  To call Single Circle, you should be in the 8 chain thru formation.  To get there from a squared set, simply call, heads square thru.  Now you can call “single circle to a wave”.  This leaves you in Arky Waves.  To get back to 8 chain thru formation, call: “swing thru, recycle”.  Spin chain the gears can be called from waves or 8 chain thru formation.  From a squared set just call, heads “square thru, step to a wave” to get to waves.

 


Lesson 6:  Trade the Wave, Relay the Deucey

Do each sequence first with the heads and then with the sides starting.

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) square thru

Star Thru

Ladies lead Dixie Style to an ocean wave

Trade the wave

Swing Thru

Trade the wave

Swing thru

Trade the wave

Swing Thru

Trade the Wave

All 8 Circulate

Trade the wave

Swing Thru

Trade the wave

Boys U turn back

Ferris Wheel

Double Pass Thru

Leaders Trade

Allemande Left

Promenade

 

 

Square your set

Heads (sides) Square thru

Dosado to a wave

Relay the deucey

Relay the deucey

Relay the deucey

All 8 circulate

Relay the deucey

Relay the deucey

Relay the deucey

All 8 circulate

Relay the deucey

All 8 circulate

Relay the deucey

All 8 circulate

Swing Thru

Acey Deucey

Right and Left Grand

Promenade

 

Transistions: Relay the Deucey can be called from parallel ocean waves with the boys on the end.  From a Squared set call, heads square thru and step to a wave.  You can call Relay the Deucey as much as you want now.  Trade the wave can also be called from an ocean wave.  Both calls start and end in ocean waves, so there are no transitions.

 

 

Lesson 7:  Explode the Wave, Explode (& Anything), Follow Your Neighbor (& Spread)

Do each sequence first with the heads and then with the sides starting.

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) square thru

Dosado to a wave

Explode the wave

Bend the line

Pass the ocean

Explode the Wave

Wheel and deal

Centers pass thru

Pass the ocean

Explode the Wave

Trade By

Dosado to a wave

Explode the Wave

Wheel and deal

Zoom

Centers pass Thru

Allemande Left

Promenade

 

Heads (sides) pass the ocean

Extend

Explode and load the boat

Dosado to a wave

Explode and square thru

Bend the line

Pass the ocean

Explode and touch

Column circulate

Boys run

Pass thru

Trade by

Slide thru

Crosstrail thru

Allemande Left

Promenade

 

Heads (sides) square thru

Touch

Follow your neighbor

Left Swing thru

Girls Run

Ferris Wheel

Centers pass thru

Touch

Follow your neighbor

Boys run

Bend the line

Pass thru

Bend the line

Slide Thru

Trade By

Touch

Follow your neighbor

Trade the Wave

Recycle

Slide Thru

Pass Thru

Wheel & Deal

Centers Square Thru

Allemande Left

Promenade

 

Heads (sides) touch

Boys run

Touch

Follow your neighbor and spread

Single hinge

Follow your neighbor and spread

Swing thru

Centers trade

Boys run

Wheel and Deal

Centers pass thru

Touch

Follow your neighbor and spread

All 8 circulate

Single hinge

Follow your neighbor and spread

Boys Run

Bend the line

Pass thru

Wheel and Deal

Zoom

Centers Pass Thru

Allemande Left

Promenade Home

 

Transitions:  Explode the wave can be called from normal parralell waves.  It ends in lines facing out.  To do it again, call bend the line and pass the ocean, then call it again.  Explode and anything can end in lots of different positions depending on what you call after Explode.  Follow your neighbor is usually called from Touch waves.  To get hear from normal parallel waves, just say “hinge”.  You can then call it.  If you use Follow your neighbor and spread, you’ll end up back in parallel waves, but if you use normal follow  your neighbor, you’ll have to call Trade the Wave afterwards to get back to normal parallel waves.

 

 


Lesson 8:  Chase Right, Spin Chain & Exchange the Gears, 3/4 Tag the Line

Do each sequence first with the heads and then with the sides starting.

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) square thru

Slide thru

Pass Thru

Chase Right

Boys run

Pass thru

Chase Right

Boys Run

Pass Thru Bend the Line

Right and Left Thru

Pass Thru

Chase Right

Boys run

Square thru

Left Allemande

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) square thru

Spin Chain and exchange the Gears

Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

All 8 Circulate

Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

Recycle

Sweep more

Pass Thru

Bend the Line

Pass the Ocean

Spin Chain and Exchange the Gears

Swing thru

Boys run

Ferris wheel

Centers square thru

Left Allemande

Promenade

 

 

Square your sets (difficult sequence)

Heads (sides) lead right

Veer left

tag the line

Girls U Turn Back,

Boys Swing Thru

Extend

Boys run

Reverse Flutterwheel

Sweep more

Veer right

Couples Circulate

tag the line

Boys U turn back

Girls Swing Thru

Extend

Swing Thru twice

Boys run

tag the line

Ends (those not in the wave) face right

diamond circulate

Cut the diamond

Ferris wheel

Double Pass thru

Peel off

Slide thru

Square thru

Left allemande

Promenade

 

 

Transitions:  Chase right can be called from lines facing out.  To try it simply have the heads lead right, circle to a line, pass thru.  Then call Chase Right.  It ends in waves.  To try it again, have boys run and all pass thru.

Spin Chain and Exchange the gears starts in ocean waves with boys on the ends and ends the same way.  Simply start by having heads square thru and step to a wave.  You can now call it as many times as you want.

tag the line can be called from any line and will result in a tag formation.  To call it again, simply have the ends u-turn back, centers extend to the ends and run around the ends, then call it again.

 

 

Lesson 9:  Peel the Top, All 8 Spin the Top, Dixie Grand

Do each sequence first with the heads and then with the sides starting.

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) square thru

Swing thru

Girls Fold

Peel the top

Recycle

Pass thru

Bend the line

Pass the ocean

Swing thru

Girls fold

Peel the top

Swing thru

Girls fold

Peel the top

Swing thru

Girls fold,

Peel the top

Right and left thru

Pass thru

Wheel and deal

Dixie grand

Left allemande

 

Square your sets

Allemande Left the corner

All 8 spin the top

All 8 spin the top

Right and Left Grand

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Allemande Left the corner

Allemande Right your own

To the corner, all 8 LEFT spin the top

Meet the corner, spin it again

Meet the corner,

Left allemande

Right and Left Grand

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Allemande Left the corner

All 8 spin the top

Turn partner right make a wrong way thar, boys back in with a left hand thar

Shoot the star

Left Allemande

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) pass thru and cloverleaf

Dixie Grand

Left Allemande

Promenade

 

Square your sets

Heads (sides) square thru

Dive thru

Dixie Grand

Left Allemande

Promenade

 

Transitions:

Peel the top can be practiced from waves.  To get there have the heads square thru and swing thru, then have the girls fold and peel the top.  To call it again, simply call swing thru, girls fold, peel the top.  You can do this repeatedly. 

 

All 8 spin the top and Dixie grand are best practiced in the short sequences above, there are no transitions.

 

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