Wheel and Deal Family

Starting formations Two-Faced Line, One-Faced Line
Command example

Wheel And Deal

Dance action

Each couple works as a unit. Wheel and Deal is danced as one smooth motion, even though the descriptions below break the motion into two parts.

From a Two-Faced Line: Each couple steps forward and then wheels 180 degrees toward the center of the line, with the original center dancers acting as the pivots about which the couples turn. Couples end facing each other.

From a One-Faced Line: The couple on the left steps forward. Then each couple wheels 180 degrees toward the center of the original line, with the original center dancers acting as the pivots about which the couples turn. The couple that started on the right ends in front of the other couple.

Ending formations From a Two-Faced Line, Facing Couples. From a One-Faced Line, Tandem Couples.
Timing4
Styling Use couple handholds. Original center dancers should use the joined handhold to guide the original end dancers to circle around them.
Comments

To assist in understanding this call, here are some helpful facts:

  • Dancers turn toward the center of the line (like Bend the Line, but unlike Wheel Around, which is always toward the left)
  • Each couple ends facing the opposite direction from which they started
  • From a One-Faced Line
    • The couple on the right ends in front
    • The couples pass right shoulders (of the right-hand dancers)

From a One-Faced Line, a more accurate dance action for the couple on the right would be to step forward after the turn. So from a Tidal Line, Wheel And Deal ends in Two-Faced Lines. Because of square breathing (see "Additional Detail: Dance Action: Square Breathing"), this step forward for Wheel And Deal is even more pronounced from Lines Facing In, but unnecessary from Lines Facing Out.

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.