Arm Turns

Starting formations Facing Dancers, Mini-Wave
Starting formations Facing Dancers; any Wave including Alamo Ring or Mini-Wave
Command examples

Left Arm Turn 3/4

Walk Around Your Corner; Turn Partner By The Left; 4 Ladies Chain

Slip The Clutch; Turn By The Left 3/4, Check An Alamo Ring

All Arm Turn Half

Centers Arm Turn 3/4

Men Star Left 3/4; Turn Corner Right Arm Turn; Do Paso

Allemande Left, Turn partner by the right once around; Men star left 1/2, turn opposite by the right 3/4 to an alamo ring, ...

Turn A Right Hand Half

Alamo Ring: Swing Thru; Turn Your Partner By The Right; Allemande Left

Dance action Dancers join indicated forearms and walk forward around each other. The amount of turn can be specified as a fraction (e.g., Half (180 degrees), 3/4 (270 degrees), Full (360 degrees) or implicitly by the next call (e.g., Turn Partner By the Left; 4 Ladies Chain).
Dance action Dancers join indicated (Right or Left) forearms and dance forward around each other as far as directed or as necessary for the next call (e.g. Right Arm Turn Partner, To The Corner, Allemande Left).
Ending formation Usually a Mini-wave, or no formation as the dancers prepare to let go of the arm turn and step forward to do the next call.
Ending formation Dependent on the next call.
Timing1/2: 4, 3/4: 4 to 6, Full: 6 to 8
StylingForearm hold
Styling Arms are held past the wrist but not past the elbow joint. Each dancer places the hand on the inside of the arm of the person with whom he/she is to work. Do not squeeze tightly. The pivot point of the turn is the center of the joined forearms.

From a Mini-Wave the distance to turn may be specified by a fraction (e.g., Arm Turn 1/2).

From Facing Dancers the distance to turn must be specified by a relative position (e.g., To A Thar, or To Your Corner) or the next call (e.g., Turn Corner By The Right; Do Paso). It is improper to specify a fraction.

The Mini-Wave formation does not imply a specific handhold. The styling for Arm Turns and calls defined with Arm Turns is a Forearm hold. See the section "Dance Action: Defining Calls with Arm Turns".

Teaching Tip Callers should teach counter dancing as in Allemande Left.