Ocean Wave Family

Ocean wave is a formation of three or more dancers holding adjacent hands and with each dancer facing in an opposite direction to that of the adjoining dancer(s).

The Ocean Wave Family groups together two of the simplest calls that relate to the formations of Mini-Waves, Ocean Waves, and Tidal Waves.

Note: "Ocean Wave" refers to a 4-dancer formation. See "Appendix A: Formations: 4-Dancer Formations". Terms such as "Wave of 3" or "Wave of 6" must be used for similar formations with other numbers of dancers.

Step to a Wave

Starting formationsFacing Dancers
Command examples

Step To A Wave

Step To An Ocean Wave

Make a Wave

Dance action Dancers walk forward a small step and join right hands.
Ending formation Right-Hand Mini-Wave
Timing2
Styling Dancers should finish using Hands Up position with all adjacent dancers. (See "Additional Detail: Styling: Arms and Hands"; however, also see "General: Standardization".)
Comments

Usually Step To A Wave is called from Facing Couples, ending in a Right-Hand Ocean Wave.

Dancers can also be asked to step to a left-hand wave (e.g., Step To A Left-Hand Wave).

The Ocean Wave Rule does not apply to this call.

The Facing Couples Rule requires certain dancers to add Step To A Wave prior to some calls. See General: Conventions and Rules: Facing Couples Rule.

Balance

Starting formation Mini-Wave
Command examples

Balance

Balance forward and back

Allemande Left In Alamo Style and Balance

Heads Square Thru 4; Step To A Wave; Balance

Dosado To A Wave and Balance, go forward and back

Dance action Each dancer steps forward on one foot, using moderate tension in their connection with adjacent dancer(s), and pauses while bringing the other foot forward and touching it to the floor without transferring weight. Each dancer steps back on the free foot and pauses while touching the other foot beside it.
Ending formation Mini-Wave
Timing4
Styling

Dancers maintain handholds throughout the call.

Dancers should go forward no farther than shoulder-to-shoulder.

Comments

Usually Balance is called from an Alamo Ring or an Ocean Wave.

The Facing Couples Rule does not apply to this call.

Step to a Wave

Starting formationsFacing Dancers
Dance action Dancers 1/2 Pass Thru (i.e. walk forward a small step and make a mini-wave).
Ending formationRight-hand mini-wave
Timing1
Styling Dancers should use hands-up position. Forward distance between dancers should be determined by the arm position of the dancer which is extended forward and bent slightly at the elbow. Care should be taken not to pull down on the partner's arm.
Calling Tip Usually called from facing couples ending in a right-hand ocean wave.

Wave Balance

Starting formationsMini-Wave, Ocean Wave
Dance action Each dancer steps forward and pauses while bringing the other foot forward and touching it to the floor without transferring weight. Each steps back on the free foot and pauses while touching the other foot beside it.
Ending formation Same as starting formation
Timing4
Styling Hands should never come behind the shoulders. Step forward touch, step back touch. Or, as a pleasing variation, use a two-step (step, close, step, hold) forward and a two-step (step, close, step, hold) back. Hands may be used to resist forward motion to prevent stepping through too far.