In its most general form, an Allemande Left is simply an Arm Turn by the left (plus a Step Thru as the
dancers head towards their next dancer interaction).
While Arm Turns are used for general arm turns, Allemande Left is mostly reserved for an Arm Turn with
The large number of formations from which an Allemande Left is possible will be described in two cases.
The Command Examples, Timing, Styling, and Comments sections apply to both cases.
Allemande Left Your Corner
With The Corner, Allemande Left
Allemande Left Your Corner; Dosado Your Partner; Allemande Left Your Corner
Allemande Left Your Corner; Allemande Right Your Partner
Allemande Left A Full Turn Around
Eight Chain Thru, Left-Hand Ocean Waves, Right And Left Grand Circle, Thar,
Alamo Ring (men facing in), Trade By plus ends face each other
Dancers holding left arms or facing dancers Arm Turn by the left at least 180 degrees until
the men are facing promenade direction and the women are facing wrong way promenade direction.
Right and Left Grand Circle, men facing promenade direction, women facing wrong way
promenade direction. While the dance action of Allemande Left might not cause the dancers to end in
this formation, the next call should be given as if this were the ending formation. From an Eight Chain
Thru, it would not be proper to call Allemande Left; Trade By, as the dancers are logically in a Right
and Left Grand Circle, not a Trade By formation.
Squared Set, Infacing Circle Of 8, Trade By, Left-Hand 3/4 Tag, Facing Lines, Lines
Back-To-Back, Inverted Lines with Ends Facing
Any formation where dancers can conveniently turn 90 degrees or less to face their corner.
If necessary, dancers individually turn in place up to 90 degrees, so that the men are facing
wrong way promenade direction and the women are facing promenade direction.
Continue with the dance action in Case 1.
Left Arm Turn at least halfway around (180 degrees)
until the men are facing promenade direction and the women are facing wrong way
promenade direction. Step Thru.
Right and Left Grand Circle with everyone facing their partner.
Timing1/2 arm turn: 4-6; 3/4 arm turn: 6-8; Full arm turn: 8
Dancers learn where their corner is by gradually being exposed to a wider
variety of Allemande Lefts as they gain experience. Callers must teach counter
dancing for these type calls, i. e.: resistance with each other for turning.
Do not squeeze with the hands.
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