Centers In

Starting formation Completed Double Pass Thru, Eight Chain Thru. More generally, a Couple with their backs to the center of the set, each center dancer directly looking at an outside dancer.
Command examples

Centers In

Put Centers In

Dance actionWithout changing facing direction, the outside dancers step away from each other to make room for the center dancers, who step forward to end between them.
Ending formation Various. From Completed Double Pass Thru, Lines Facing Out. From Eight Chain Thru, Inverted Lines with Ends Facing.
Timing 2
Styling As center dancers step between the outside dancers they take hands with them, as appropriate (couple handhold if facing the same direction or Ocean Wave styling if facing opposite directions). An elbow hook should NOT be used.
CommentWhile Centers In appears to create extra space in the center, either the next call or square breathing (see "Part 4: Additional Detail: Dance Action: Square Breathing") will reduce or eliminate that space.
Teaching Tip Stress that "Centers In" is a standalone call and is NOT always followed by Cast Off 3/4.