Mainstream Moves

Callerlab (the international Square Dance Callers association) divides the standard square dance moves into three groups (Basic One, Basic Two and Mainstream). This page provides links to information about each of the Mainstream level moves for those who are interested in improving their square dancing. This page is currently a “Work In Progress”!

Definition: the Callerlab definition for that move
Animation: animations of the move from different formations
Video: teaching videos of the move (each video contains several moves)

M01  Cloverleaf
Definition
Animation
Video

M02  Turn Thru
Definition

M03  Eight Chain Thru / Eight Chain 1, 2, 3, etc.
Definition

M04  Pass to the Center
Definition
– Has the same effect as a “Dive Thru”

M05    Thar Family
Definition

M05a  Allemande Thar
Definition

M05b  Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar
Definition

M05c  Wrong Way Thar
Definition
– An uncommon variation of Allemande Thar

M06  Slip the Clutch
Definition
– A “get out” move from an Allemande Thar formation

M07  Shoot the Star / Shoot the Star Full Around
Definition
– A “get out” move from an Allemande Thar formation
– “Full Around” is an uncommon variation

M08  Single Hinge / Couples Hinge
Definition

M08b Couples Hinge
Definition

M09  Centers In
Definition

M10  Cast Off 3/4
Definition

M11  Spin the Top
Definition

M12  Walk and Dodge
Definition

M13  Slide Thru
Definition

M14  Fold / Cross Fold
Definition

M15  Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave
Definition

M16  Spin Chain Thru
Definition

M17  Tag the Line Family
Definition

M17a  Tag the Line (In / Out / Left / Right)
Definition

M17b  Tag the Line – Fraction (1/4, 1/2, 3/4)
Definition
– One Quarter Tag and Three Quarter Tag were Plus level moves until 2018

M18  Scoot Back
Definition

M19  Recycle (From a Wave Only)
Definition