Extend

[ In 2016 the Starting Formation restriction on Extend was removed ]

Starting formation - 1/4 tag formation only.

Dancers in the wave release hands and step forward to the couple they are facing and join hands in a right hand wave. If the wave is left handed, dancers extend to a left hand wave. Note: Centers in the wave remain centers in the new waves and ends in the wave end as ends in the new waves.

STYLING: All dancers move forward smoothly during the extending action and use appropriate handholds and styling for the formation achieved.

Timing: 2 steps.

Starting formation1/4 tag formation only.
Dance action Dancers in the wave release handholds and step forward to the couple they are facing and form an ocean wave. If the original wave was right-handed, form a right-hand wave. If the original wave was left-handed, form a left-hand wave.
Ending formationParallel Ocean Waves
Timing2
Styling All dancers move forward smoothly during the call. Use ocean wave styling.
Teaching Tip If you were a Center in the starting wave, you’ll be a Center in the ending wave. If you were an End in the starting wave, you’ll be an End in the ending wave. Stress that ALL dancers must move forward to keep the square from spreading out too far.