The Charlie's have 2 beginning dance programs per year,
 one in January and one in September.

  Both the January and September programs are normally in the evening between the  hours of 6:30 & 9:30 PM!

 The next full dance program begins January, 2020!

  So... for all of you who want to have FUN!
Come try out square dancing in our next scheduled program!

  We have a fantastic & fun group of dancers always raring to have FUN with YOU Square Dancing!

  If you have Square Danced before, and it's been a while, come on in  and lets see what we can do! So don't stay on the couch or the LazyBoy recliner, come join us at the Josephine County Fairgrounds Square Dance Center.

  Come meet new friends and learn square dancing.
Excellent exercise while having fun!
NO partner is required in order to join in the fun.
 We have dance angels waiting to help you learn this world wide form of dancing. If you have a partner, then bring him or her with you and have a fun evening.


 Square Dancing is Friendship set to music! 


 The  square dance steps/moves are called "Calls", simply because the   instructor (who is formally known as the "Caller") calls out  the  calls.  The CALLER is a person who creates dance figures in such dances as round dance, line dance, square dance, and contra dance.   The Caller calls out calls to the dancers and the dancers step/move  through  several series of ever changing configurations to the beat  &  sound of music! 


The following is the list of the

 in suggested teaching order!
Reprinted with permission of CALLERLAB.
 By permission of the Tam Twirlers, each call is linked to an animated  graphic (a tamination) to allow the dancer  to see how a specific call  is done and how it looks. Check out our flyer & links page for additional info & sites. 

Basic & Mainstream programs

Basic Program - Part 1

Basic Program - Part 1

Basic Program - Part 1

1. Circle Left / Circle Right 

2. Forward and Back 

3. Dosado / Dosado to a Wave 

4. Swing 

5. Promenade Family 

   a. Couples (Full, 1/2, 3/4) 

   b. Single File Promenade 

   c. Wrong Way Promenade 

   d. Star Promenade 

6. Allemande Left 

7. Arm Turns 

8. Right and Left Grand Family 

   a. Right and Left Grand 

   b. Weave the Ring 

   c. Wrong Way Grand 

9. Left-Hand Star / Right-Hand Star 

10. Pass Thru 

11. Half Sashay Family 

     a. Half Sashay 

     b. Rollaway 

     c. Ladies In, Men Sashay 

12. Turn Back Family 

     a. U-Turn Back 

     b. Backtrack 

13. Separate 

     a. Around 1 or 2 to a Line 

     b. Around 1 or 2 and Come 

         Into the Middle 

14. Split Two 

15. Courtesy Turn 

16. Ladies Chain Family 

     a. Two Ladies Chain (Reg. & 3/4) 

     b. Four Ladies Chain(Reg. & 3/4) 

     c. Chain Down the Line 

17. Do Paso 

18. Lead Right 

19. Veer Left / Veer Right 

*16 c. Chain Down the Line 

20. Bend the Line 

21. Circulate Family 

     a. (Named Dancers) Circulate 

     b. Couples Circulate 

     c. All Eight Circulate 

     d. Single File Circulate 

     e. Split/Box Circulate 

22. Right and Left Thru 

23. Grand Square 

24. Star Thru 

25. Double Pass Thru

26. First Couple Go Left/Right,

       Next Couple Go Left/Right

27. California Twirl 

28. Walk Around the Corner 

29. See Saw 

30. Square Thru (1, 2, 3, 4) /

       Left SquareThru (1, 2, 3, 4) 

31. Circle to a Line 

32. Dive Thru 

Basic Program - Part 2

Basic Program - Part 1

Basic Program - Part 1

33. Wheel Around 

34. Box the Gnat 

*8   c. Wrong Way Grand 

35. Trade Family 

     a. (Named Dancers) Trade 

     b. Couples Trade 

     c. Partner Trade 

36. Ocean Wave Family 

     a. Step to a Wave 

     b. Balance 

*21 c. All Eight Circulate 

37. Alamo Style 

38. Swing Thru / Left Swing Thru 

39. Run / Cross Run 

40. Pass the Ocean 

41. Extend 

42. Wheel and Deal 

43. Zoom 

44. Flutterwheel / 

        Reverse Flutterwheel 

45. Sweep a Quarter 

46. Trade By 

47. Touch 1/4 

*21 d. Single File Circulate 

*21 e. Split/Box Circulate 

48. Ferris Wheel 

* Suggested Teaching Order. Calls in italics may be deferred until later in the teaching sequence. Recommended placement of some of these calls has been indicated with an asterisk.

Mainstream Program

Basic Program - Part 1

Mainstream Program

1. Cloverleaf 

2. Turn Thru 

3. Eight Chain Thru

    Eight Chain 1, 2, 3, Etc. 

4. Pass to the Center 

5. Thar Family 

     a. Allemande Thar 

     b. Allemande Left to an 

          Allemande Thar 

     c. Wrong Way Thar

6. Slip the Clutch 

7. Shoot the Star / 

     Shoot the Star Full Around

8. Single Hinge / Couples Hinge 

9. Centers In 

10. Cast Off 3/4 

11. Spin the Top 

12. Walk and Dodge 

13. Slide Thru 

14. Fold / Cross Fold 

15. Dixie Style to an Ocean Wave 

16. Spin Chain Thru 

17. Tag the Line Family  

      a. Tag the Line 


      b. Fraction (1/4, 1/2/, 3/4) Tag

18. Scoot Back 

19. Recycle (From a Wave Only

 * Suggested Teaching Order. Calls in italics may be deferred until later in the teaching sequence. Recommended placement of some of these calls has been indicated with an asterisk. 

Conventions and Rules

Passing Rule 

If the definition of a call has two dancers on the same path and requires them to walk past each other, they should pass right shoulders (unless otherwise specified) and continue. The mirror image version of a call has dancers pass left shoulders and continue (e.g., Left Double Pass Thru). 

Same Position Rule 

If two dancers are required to occupy the same position at the end of a call, and are facing in opposite directions from each other, they form a Right-Hand Mini-Wave. If an adjustment is necessary (since they are now two dancers side-by-side in a formation that expected one dancer), the adjustment is sideways,  towards the outside of the group in which they were working.

Facing Couples Rule 

A few specific calls that are defined to start from an Ocean Wave are also proper starting from Facing Couples. Examples include Swing Thru and Spin The Top. In these cases, the dancers first step into a momentary Right- Hand Ocean Wave and complete the call. 

If the caller directs a left hand call (e.g., Left Swing Thru), the dancers first step into a momentary Left-Hand Ocean Wave. 

If the Facing Couples rule is applicable, the call's definition in this document will have a comment to that effect. If there is no such comment, then the  Facing Couples rule may not be used. 

While the rule is called the Facing Couples Rule, it is generalized to include Facing Dancers stepping to a Right- Hand Mini-Wave and Facing Lines step to a Right-Hand Tidal Wave, etc.

Ocean Wave Rule 

Some calls that are defined to start from Facing Couples are also proper starting from a Right-Hand Ocean Wave. Examples include Right And Left Thru and Square Thru. In these cases, the dancers have already stepped forward toward the facing dancer and are ready to complete the remaining action of the directed call. 

For the sake of dancer comprehension and teaching purposes, it may be necessary initially to have the dancers back up into facing couples, then step back into the wave and complete the call.


While the rule is called the Ocean Wave Rule, it is generalized to include Mini-Wave (Facing Dancers) and Tidal Wave (Facing Lines), etc. Examples include Pass Thru,  Slide Thru, Box The Gnat, and Double Pass Thru (from a Right-Hand 1/4 Tag), and Pass To The Center (from Right-Hand Ocean Waves). 

In order for the Ocean Wave Rule to apply the initial dance action of the call must start with a Box The Gnat, Pass Thru, or Right Pull By. In addition, the call must not be defined to have a different dance action from an Ocean Wave. For example, the call Circulate is defined from Eight Chain Thru and from Ocean Waves. It would be improper to call Circulate from Ocean Waves and expect dancers to dance it as a Step Thru based on the Ocean Wave Rule because they would naturally apply the definition of Circulate from Ocean Waves. 

The adjustment that is part of the Ocean Wave Rule does not change the effect of the call. It neither adds nor subtracts parts or changes the use of fractions. It is as if any dancer in a mini-wave had first stepped back into facing dancers and then all did the call. For example, from a Right-Hand Mini-Wave Dosado ends in Facing Dancers, not in a Right-Hand Mini-Wave. 

The Ocean Wave Rule also applies to calls that normally start from Facing Couples when the dancers are in a Left Hand Ocean Wave. In these cases, the caller  must direct a left hand call (e.g., Left Square Thru). See "Additional Detail: Commands: Extensions like Reverse Wheel Around". 

Squared Set Convention 

Calls that are defined as starting from Facing Dancers or Facing Couples are also proper starting from a Squared Set. The caller must identify which pair of couples is active (e.g., Heads, Sides, Girls, Boys). 

The active dancers move forward into the center of the set and execute the call. If they end facing the same walls as the inactive dancers, they will remain in the center (e.g., Heads Square Thru 4, Heads Star Thru, Heads Touch 1/4). If the call ends with the active dancers not facing the same walls as the inactive dancers, then the active dancers end back on Squared Set spots unless there is clear reason to remain in the center. (E.g., Dancers should return to Squared Set spots for Head Ladies Chain, Heads Right and Left Thru, Heads Pass Thru,
or Heads Square Thru 3.) 

Because of the ending handhold, on the call Heads Box The Gnat, the Heads remain in the center and take the next call. Usually the exact ending position is obvious from the next call (e.g., Heads Right And Left Thru, Sides Right and Left Thru), or doesn't matter because the next call continues the dance action (e.g., Heads Pass Thru, Separate, Around 1 To A Line).

 Circle Rule 

From an Infacing Circle Of 8, if the caller names two adjacent dancers and their opposites and gives a call that starts from Facing Couples, the dancers dance the call as if the circle has been changed into a Squared Set, and follow the Squared Set Convention. Examples: 

From a Squared Set: Join Hands, Circle Left; Heads Up To The Middle And Back; Heads Square Thru 4. 

From a Squared Set: Heads Half Sashay; All Circle Left; 4 Boys Spin The Top. 

What Next?

Responsible leaders, within and outside of CALLERLAB, recommend that dancers dance regularly at the program at which they graduate for at least one (1) year before they enter into classes or workshops for another program. This means that dancers graduating from the Mainstream Program should dance regularly at Mainstream dances for at least one (1) year before going into the Plus Program.
 There should be NO PRESSURE for movement from one program to another once a dancer has graduated. Dancers should be encouraged to take their time, enjoy the fun and fellowship and learn to dance well at that program before moving on to another program. 


“New dancers are not perfect, Nor should we expect them to be!”

Allow time to become comfortable enough to enjoy our American dance activity and the club!

Plus program

The following is a Callerlab List For Plus Calls in prefered teaching order.
Reprinted with permission of CALLERLAB.
By permission of the Tam Twirlers each call is linked to an animated graphic

 (a tamination) to allow the dancer to see how a specific call is done and how it looks. Check out our FLYER & LINKS page for additional info & sites.