Bend the Line

Case 1: One-Faced Line, Two-Faced Line (4 dancers)

Starting formations One-Faced Line, Two-Faced Line, Tidal Line of 6 or 8
Command examples

Bend The Line

Each Side, Bend The Line (from a Tidal Line or Tidal Two-Faced Line)

Dance action Each half of the line, working as a unit, turns 90 degrees to face the center of the formation.
Ending formation Facing Couples
Ending formation Lines of 4 will end in facing couples. Tidal line of 6 or 8 will end in facing lines.
Timing4 for lines of 4, 6 for tidal line of 6 or 8
Styling As ends move forward, the centers back up, equally. Use a couple handhold. In the event a new line is formed, immediately join hands in the new line.
Styling From a line of 4, as the ends move forward, the centers back up equally. Use a couple handhold. If a new line is formed, immediately join hands in the new line. From a line of 6 or 8, retain handholds in each half of the line. As the very ends move forward, the very centers back up equally. Adjust to end in facing lines.
Comments

From a Tidal formation it is helpful, but not necessary, to say "Each Side".

A couple on the outside of the set (e.g., after a Couples Circulate 1 1/2) can be asked to Bend The Line. In this case, they assume the other half of their line is towards the center of the set and, working as a unit, turn 90 degrees to face the center of the set.

Case 2: Tidal Line (8 dancers)

Starting formation Tidal Line
Command examples

Line of 8, Bend The Line

Bend The Big Line

Work 4 By 4 and Bend The Line

Dance action Same as 23.a [above]
Ending formation Facing Lines
Timing 6
Styling Retain handholds in each half of the line. As the very ends move forward, the very centers back up, equally. Adjust to Facing Lines at the end.
Comments

From a line of 6, the call "Lines of 6, Bend The Line" is also acceptable.

Attempts to get dancers to bend lines of 2 dancers (e.g., Bend The Little Bitty Line) are considered very unusual and should not be used.