all8.com > caller's notes > articles
Asymmetric Resolve Techniques
Rich Reel last updated 31 Jul 2008
These techniques are useful for writing cards or for sight resolving a very
small number of squares, perhaps only one or two.
If your intent is to recover from dancer errors with more than one square,
you may have to say something like "in this square only . . ."
A Boy and Girl get Switched
Call to get the switched dancers together (as partners in a wave or line).
Avoid using any gender-dependent calls otherwise you might end up switching
one of these dancers with someone else.
Call easy to help insure things don't get worse, for example keep as much of the floor as
possible dancing in standard arrangement.
If switched dancers are a couple and everyone is in facing lines...
Try to get the switched dancers as a sashayed couple with everyone else
normal in Facing Lines.
- Right And Left Thru and say "standard lines dance up to the middle and back".
Dancers at Mainstream and Plus who are used to dancing mostly standard applications
likely have a hunch something is wrong and will usually fix it right away.
(Note this makes the dancers aware of their mistake.) (or)
- (Advanced or above) Half Breed Through (or)
- (Advanced or above) Pass The Sea Girls-Run Leaders Trade (or)
- Get the dancers into waves: (for example: Pass The Ocean) then...
If in waves...
Get the switched dancers as partners in (together at one end of) a R-H wave then call: Boys-Run (or)
Get the switched dancers as partners in (together at one end of) a L-H wave then call: Girls-Run
- "couples facing out"-Partner Traade (or)
- Leaders-Partner Traade (or)
- (pause for flow) Bend The Line
If opposite-gender switched dancers are facing each other...
- Star Thru Leaders-California Twirl (or)
- Touch 1/4 Boys-Run Leaders-Partner Trade (or)
- "if you feel like you are sashayed" Box The Gnat with the
dancer across from you that feels the same way" ... All - Right And Left Thru
Two Same-gender Dancers are Switched
- Call to [P] (DPT formation) and say something like
"near box, have the boys/girls only Zoom."
- Put the swapped dancers in the center of a wave and
call to that wave Centers Trade.
- "If you're not holding your original partner in your right hand"-Centers Trade.
(this, of course, requires the other wave have everyone holding their original partner.)
Key Couples Become Opposites
This is the typical sort of asymmetry you would get if the wrong couple
went in front on a Wheel And Deal.
- Get to [P] (DPT formation) and call:
- "box of dancers closest to the caller only"-Zoom (or)
- "column of dancers closest to the caller only"-Zoom
If the formation is oriented the wrong way, you can use Double Pass Thru Cloverleaf
to chage it.
After one column/box Zooms then call: Double Pass Thru Cloverleaf
again and everyone is roughly paired as they were originally.
- Get to [W] (parallel R-H waves).
call: "wave nearest the caller only"-Spin The Top and Swing Thru
"while the wave farthest from the caller"-Swing Thru and Spin The Top.
Ending formation is [TW] (R-H tidal wave).
If the waves weren't oriented so one is was closer to the caller,
any one the following modules can be used to reorient the waves.
These rotate the formation 90 degrees without affecting anything else...
|Handy Module: Rotate Parallel Waves 90 Deg
R-H waves rotated C.W. L-H waves rotated C.C.W.
Single Hinge Centers Trade Split Circulate Centers Trade
- or -
Split Circulate Centers Trade Single Hinge Centers Trade
- or -
Centers Trade Single Hinge Centers Trade Split Circulate
- or -
Centers Trade Split Circulate Centers Trade Single Hinge
Complete Recovery Methods
These techniques are for resolving that hopeless square with multiple mistakes
(just for the fun of it!) -or- for sight resolving after calling
truly asymmetric choreography.
To resolve a randomly asymmetric square, it will be necessary to memorize,
or write down, the original squared set home position for at least 6 dancers.
(The 2 dancers not being memorized should be opposite gender)
To sight call using this method, you will need to know which dancers (all 4) are heads
AND which dancers (all 4) are dancing as boys. (or sides / girls: 6 dancers total)
First off, get a formation that you can work with.
Get them out of Diamonds, etc. into some kind of general line and call
Tag The Line Face In
Girls and Boys in their own half of the square
Call whatever it takes to get all the boys in one half of the square and all the girls in the other half.
Example: (after Pass The Ocean)
"Have the boy nearest the water cooler and the adjacent girl Trade by the Right"
Tip -- Avoid using any person's name or identifying characteristic
at all costs unless you know them extremely well!
Many people have deep rooted insecurities, and as a caller, you
may be perceived as broadcasting a weakness or inadequacy to that dancer's friends.
I've heard reports of people leaving square dancing
because the caller used their name over the mic.
Same gender R-H Waves
Get them into R-H waves and keep all boys in one wave and all girls in the other.
Head / Side Symmetry
Now call to each wave individually if necessary to get heads together at
diagonal opposite ends of the two waves.
(and the Sides have no other place to be except together at the other end)
(Advanced only) You might find it easier to get Heads (or Sides) together in the center
in both waves then call Out Roll Circulate.
Now call: All 8 Circulate Boys-Run (right)
<pause for flow>
All dancers should be facing the same direction.
If they happen to end facing away from you,
call Partner Trade.
You might have them bow to an audience if you have one.
Last step: Bend The Line.
The square is symmetric - Resolve normally.
- From a complete mess, get some kind of wave or line (3-1, etc.) then Tag The Line Face In
- Call (selectively only if necessary) to get all girls in one half of the square, boys in the other
- Get everyone into R-H waves, all girls in one wave, boys in the other
- Get heads at the end and adjacent center positions in both waves, diagonally opposite each other across the square.
- Call All 8 Circulate Boys-Run <pause for flow> (say "hi!")
- Call Bend The Line - square is symmetric
- Resolve normally
How does this work?
Since heads and sides where opposite each other across the square,
All 8 Circulate puts head boys with head girls and side boys with side girls.
Boys-Run makes normal gender couples.
(You could accomplish the same thing using L-H waves, call Girls-Run (left) to get normal gender couples)
All dancers will be facing the same wall.
From here, Bend The Line makes facing lines with symmetric arrangement
which then makes the whole square symmetric.
Getting boys together and girls together to do asymmetric resolve -- Rob French
Getting head/side symmetry, and using Out Roll Circulate to achieve it -- Dave Wilson
See more of my site! - click here
Richard Reel Hayward California USA