Sometime during the dance, no matter what level you are dancing at, your square will break down. This can be VERY frustrating to everyone, (think how the newer dancer must feel!).
I sometimes hear “just keep dancing”. If ALL 8 dancers in the square recognize the current formation (which will change in-a-blink-of-the-eye), and can get there quickly, then the square really isn’t broken and you can “just keep dancing”.
However, if 2 or more of the dancers have no clue what the formation is (which happens often), then you cannot “just keep dancing”. Your square will “fiddle-faddle” around for way too long, and the frustration level will rise.
The following method of returning to dancing once a square has broken down is the uniform method taught to all dancers.
1. Return to home position as soon as possible
2. The head ladies will take their corner’s hand and head couples will back out to form lines at the sides of the square.
3. On the caller’s command ‘EVERYBODY GO FORWARD AND BACK”, they enter into the dance pattern.
1. Recognize that a number of sets have broken down and have formed lines at the sides.
2. Place the dancing squares into lines that are in a normal boy/girl arrangement
3. Give the command ‘EVERYBODY GO FORWARD AND BACK” in a bold voice which is the command for the broken squares to enter into the dance pattern.
The above instructions are good for use during the hoedown part of the dance. If the caller is into the singing call portion of the dance, then it’s best to go back to home position with your partner and wait for the “Swing and Promenade” command. You won’t have to wait long – 99% of all singing calls have this command 7 times through the song J
Please show copies of this to your dancing friends.