Thar Family

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

"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.

Starting formation Blended from a Left Arm Turn
Starting formation Right and Left Grand Circle.
Command examples

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

Dance action Dancers continue to Left Arm Turn 1/2. The centers form a right-hand star and back up. Outside dancers hold the left forearm of a center dancer and walk forward.
Dance action An Allemande Thar star is a formation and may be formed at the end of any left arm turn by the center dancers (or those directed) forming a right hand box star and backing up. Each outside dancer holds the left forearm of a center dancer and dances forward.
Ending formationThar in motion
Ending formationAllemande Thar star
Timing2 (for the Left Arm Turn 1/2)
TimingDependent on the distance of the arm turn.
Styling

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.

Styling If all centers are men, their right hands will form a packsaddle/box star where each man takes the wrist of the man in front of him. If any women are in the center, all centers will simply touch hands in the center star. The dancers forming the star must remember to allow those on the outside to set the pace, since they have to travel a much further distance. If the centers move too fast, the result is that those on the outside will have to run to maintain the pace. As in any star, the ladies, while on the outside, may elect to hold their skirts. The men should NOT grip or squeeze the wrist of the one in front of them and they should not pump the arms up and down.
Comments

Callers often specify who ends in the center. This is particularly helpful in non-standard applications.

In most cases, dancers Left Arm Turn 1/2. That is, if the dancers take forearm holds when shoulder-to-shoulder, the dancer who begins on the outside will end in the center. Callers may specify a different amount of turning. For example: Circle Left, Turn Your Corner Left All The Way Around To An Allemande Thar, Men In The Center.

Allemande Thar is part of circle choreography. It is improper from Left Hand Waves to call Turn Partner Left to An Allemande Thar.

"Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar" has a specific meaning described below (#32.b). It does not mean to Left Arm Turn with corner and continue to a Thar. For that action "Allemande Left, Hang On To Corner, Women Wheel In To An Allemande Thar" could be used.

Calling Tips One common usage is Walk Around the Corner, Do Paso, Men wheel into an Allemande Thar.

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

Starting formation Same as Allemande Left
Starting formation Anywhere an Allemande Left is proper.
Command examples

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

Dance action Allemande Left; Right Pull By; Left Arm Turn to make a Thar with the men in the center.
Dance action All do an allemande left, blending into a right and left grand circle. All right pull by and left arm turn 1/2 the next to an ALLEMANDE THAR (men will be the centers).
Calling Tips To avoid confusion with the call "ALLEMANDE THAR" or "MAKE A THAR", the caller almost always says words like "Allemande Left to an Allemande Thar, go forward 2, men swing in with a backup star" or "Allemande Left, go Allemande Thar, with a right and left and the 4 men star".
Ending formationThar in motion
Timing12
Timing From Allemande Left to point of backup star: 12
Styling Same as Allemande Thar
Comments

To avoid dancer confusion with Allemande Thar, the caller must always include some instructions about "going forward". Simply calling "Allemande Left To An Allemande Thar" is improper. Furthermore, although going forward two is most common, it must be specified.

The caller can direct the dancers to Go Forward any number of hands. Each hand is a Pull By, except the last hand, which is normally the start of an Arm Turn into a Thar or Wrong Way Thar.

Wrong Way 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.

Starting formation Blended from a Right Arm Turn
Command examples

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

Dance action Dancers continue to Right Arm Turn 1/2. The centers form a left-hand star and back up. Outside dancers hold the right forearm of a center dancer and walk forward.
Dance action A wrong way thar may be formed at the end of any right arm turn by the center dancers (or those directed) forming a left hand box star and backing up. Outside dancers hold the right forearm of a center dancer and dance forward.
Ending formationWrong Way Thar in motion
Timing2 (for the Right Arm Turn 1/2)
TimingDependent on the distance of the arm turn.
Styling Same as Allemande Thar
Comments See Allemande Thar (above).