Wheel and Deal Family

Starting formation - line(s) of four facing in the same direction or a two-faced line.

  1. WHEEL AND DEAL (from a line of four). The left hand couple only takes a step forward. The couples wheel (180°) toward the center of the line with the center dancer of each couple acting as the pivot point about which the couples turn. The couple that started on the right half of the line wheels in front of the other couple. Both couples end facing the same direction with the original left hand couple standing behind the original right hand couple.
  2. WHEEL AND DEAL (from a two-faced line): Each couple steps straight ahead one step. Each couple then wheels (180°) toward the center of the line with the center dancer of each couple acting as the pivot point about which the couples turn. Couples end facing each other.

STYLING: Use couple handholds. Inside dancers serve as the pivot point and should exert slight pressure to assist as in any wheel around movement.

Timing: 4 steps.

Wheel and Deal (from lines of four)

Starting formation Line of four dancers facing the same direction
Dance action The left-hand couple takes a small step forward. The couples wheel 180° toward the center of the line with the center dancers of the line acting as the pivot point about which a couple turns. The couple that started on the right half of the line wheels in front of the other couple.
Ending formation Tandem couples. Both couples end facing the same direction with the original right hand couple in front of the original left hand couple.
Timing4
Styling Use couple handholds. The center dancers are the pivot point and should exert slight pressure to assist in the wheel around movement. Forearms should be adjacent to each other to assist in the wheeling action.
Teaching Tip Always go toward the other couple, never away from them.

Wheel and Deal (from two-faced lines)

Starting formationTwo-faced line
Dance action Each couple steps slightly ahead. Each couple then wheels (180°) toward the center of the line with the center dancer of each couple acting as the pivot point about which the couples turn.
Ending formationFacing Couples
Timing4
StylingUse couple handholds.
Teaching Tip Always go toward the other couple, never away from them.