An allemande thar star is a formation and may be formed at the end of
any left arm turn by the center dancers (or those directed) forming a
right hand box star and backing up. Each outside dancer holds the left
forearm of a center dancer and walks forward.
ALLEMANDE LEFT TO AN ALLEMANDE THAR
Starting formation - anywhere an allemande left is legal. All do an
allemande left, blending into a right and left grand circle. All right
pull by and left arm turn ½ the next to an ALLEMANDE THAR (men
will be the centers). To avoid confusion with the call "ALLEMANDE THAR"
or "MAKE A THAR", the caller almost always says words like "ALLEMANDE
LEFT TO AN ALLEMANDE THAR, GO FORWARD 2, MEN SWING IN WITH A BACKUP
STAR", or "ALLEMANDE LEFT, GO ALLEMANDE THAR, WITH A RIGHT AND LEFT AND
THE 4 MEN STAR".
WRONG WAY THAR
A wrong way thar may be formed at the end of any right arm turn by the center dancers (or those directed) forming a left hand box star and backing up. Outside dancers hold the right forearm of a center dancer and walk forward.
SHOOT THE STAR (regular, full around)
Starting formation - thar or wrong way thar. The handholds forming the
center star are released as each center dancer and the adjacent outside
dancer arm turn one half (180 degrees) or full (360 degrees) as
directed. If half or full is not directed, the arm turn is one half.
After a SHOOT THE STAR, the caller can say "TO ANOTHER THAR". This is
the same action as "TO AN ALLEMANDE THAR" above. All right pull by and
left arm turn ½ the next to an ALLEMANDE THAR. The caller will
almost always direct "GO FORWARD 2". The caller can direct FORWARD
(everyone progressing in normal Right And Left Grand direction) or BACK
or BACKWARD (everyone going the opposite direction from a normal Right
And Left Grand) any number of hands. For example, "SHOOT THE STAR FULL
TURN, GO BACKWARD 3, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, MEN SWING IN MAKE A WRONG-WAY
THAR". Some callers use FORWARD to mean "the direction you are facing"
and never use the words BACK or BACKWARD. Either usage is acceptable.
SLIP THE CLUTCH
Starting formation - thar or wrong way thar. Dancers in the center of the thar stop and, while retaining the star, release arm holds with the dancers beside them. Everyone then moves forward within the circle in which he was traveling while in the thar.
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