In the Thar Family, Thars and Wrong Way Thars are formations in motion. Center dancers hold a Pack-saddle Star (see "Additional Detail: Styling") and walk backward, and each center dancer maintains a forearm grip with the adjacent outside dancer, who walks forward.
The calls in the Thar Family are some of the oldest. They are traditionally delivered in a more verbose fashion, blurring the division between the actual command words and the helping words. As always, it is the caller’s responsibility to deliver these calls so the dancers understand what is desired.
Timing numbers in the Thar Family do not count turning the Thar.
"Allemande Thar" is a formation. It also appears on the Basic list of calls, not as a call by itself, but rather as a collection of commands that result in a Thar. The commands function as suffixes, making a Left Arm Turn end in a Thar. Descriptive words are often part of these commands.
Walk Around The Corner; Turn Partner Left And Make An Allemande Thar
Walk Around Your Corner; Turn Partner Left For An Allemande Thar, Men In The Middle Of A Backup Star
Walk Around The Corner; Turn Partner Left A Full Turn, Girls In The Middle Of An Allemande Thar
Do Paso, Turn Partner Left, Corner Right, Partner Left, Boys Swing In To A Thar
Boys Make A Right Hand Star, Turn It Once Around, Find Your Corner, Turn Corner Left To An Allemande Thar Star With The Girls In The Center
Right And Left Grand, But On Your Fourth Hand Make An Allemande Thar, Men Back In
The dancers in the center, backing up, will form a Pack-saddle Star. These center dancers must remember to allow those on the outside, who travel farther, to set the pace.
Women, if on the outside, may use skirt work.
After a SHOOT THE STAR, the caller can say "TO ANOTHER THAR". This is the same action as "TO AN ALLEMANDE THAR" above. All right pull by and left arm turn 1/2 the next to an ALLEMANDE THAR. The caller will almost always direct "Go Forward 2".
The caller can direct FORWARD (everyone progressing in normal Right And Left Grand direction) or BACK or BACKWARD (everyone going the opposite direction from a normal Right And Left Grand) any number of hands. For example, "Shoot the Star Full Turn, Go Backward 3, Right, Left, Right, Men swing in make a Wrong Way Thar".
Allemande Left To An Allemande Thar, Go Right And Left And Form A Star
Allemande Left To An Allemande Thar, Go Forward Two, Men Swing In To A Backup Star
Allemande Left To An Allemande Thar, Go Right And Left And Make An Allemande Thar
"Wrong Way Thar" is a formation. It also appears on the Basic list of calls, not as a call by itself, but rather as a collection of commands that result in a Wrong Way Thar. The commands function as suffixes, making a Right Arm Turn end in a Wrong Way Thar. Descriptive words are often part of these commands.
Allemande Left; Turn Partner Right, Girls Swing In Make A Wrong Way Thar
Allemande Left; Turn Partner Right A Full Turn, Boys Swing In Make A Wrong Way Thar
Turn Partner Left; Turn Corner Right To A Wrong Way Thar (men will be in the middle)
Do Paso; (at the end of the Do Paso) Go To The Corner Turn Her By The Right, Make A Wrong Way Thar
Allemande Left In The Alamo Style; Swing Thru; Turn By The Right 3/4 To A Wrong Way Thar
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