Left-Hand Star / Right-Hand Star

Starting formations Facing Couples, Squared Set, Infacing Circle Of 8
Command examples:

Men Center Right Hand Star; Back By The Left

Heads Square Thru; Make A Right Hand Star With The Sides; Heads Center Left Hand Star; Back To The Same Girl With A Right and Left Thru

Heads Square Thru; Right Hand Star; Heads Star Left Inside To The Same Folks; Right and Left Thru

Heads Star Thru; Square Thru 3; Left Hand Star; Head Ladies Lead, Flutterwheel

4 Ladies Center, Right Hand Star

Heads Square Thru; Right Hand Star; Heads to Center star across the square

Heads Square Thru; Right Hand Star 1/2 Way; Veer Left

Dance action

The designated dancers form a star by stepping forward if necessary and placing the appropriate hand in the center of the formation. Forming the star may require a dancer to individually turn in place up to 3/8 of a turn.

Dancers turn the star by walking forward in a circle around the center of the star. The distance traveled may be specified in fractions of a star full around, or until some condition is met (e.g., Men Center Left Hand Star, Pick Up Your Partner with an Arm Around, Star Promenade).

Dance action The designated dancers form a star by stepping forward if necessary and placing the appropriate hand in the center of the formation. Dancers turn the star by walking forward around the center of the star. The distance traveled may be specified in fractions of a star full around, or until some condition is met (e.g., Men Center Left Hand Star, Pick Up Your Partner with an Arm Around, Star Promenade).
Ending formation Star plus an adjustment. Each dancer knows his position on the floor by how far the star turned, and adjusts his facing direction as appropriate for the next call.
Timing 1/2: 4, 3/4: 6, Full: 8
Styling

Palm star (see Styling section). Men's outside arms in natural dance position, women's outside hands work skirt.

Some areas dance any stars containing men with a Pack-saddle Star (see Styling section).

Styling Inside hands in a Palm star. Men's outside arms in natural dance position, women's outside hands work skirt.
Comments

The stars described above are 4-dancer stars. Stars of 3 or more dancers are also proper, as long as the caller's instructions to the dancers are understood.

Some callers use 2-dancer stars in place of Arm Turns, accomplishing the hands up styling necessary in Ocean Waves, and having one less call to teach. While this is acceptable in a teaching situation, and may be a logical way to understand stars (i.e., 2 or more dancers), 2-dancer stars are not commonly encountered at dances.

Teaching Tip All stars move forward as soon as they are formed.