Cloverleaf

The general action of a Cloverleaf has the active dancers walking in a 3/4 circle, staying in their own quadrant of the set. A cloverleaf ramp at a highway intersection or the edge of one leaf of a four-leaf clover gives a good visual picture of the dance path.

Cloverleaf (Everyone Active)

Starting formation Completed Double Pass Thru
Command examples

Cloverleaf

Everyone Cloverleaf

Dance action

The lead dancers separate and move away from each other in a three quarter (270 degrees) circle.

When each lead dancer approaches another lead dancer from the other side of the square, they both reach with outside hands, blending into a couple handhold as they continue into the center of the square to become a couple facing in.

Each trailing dancer follows the dancer in front, and ends directly behind that same dancer.

Dance action The lead dancers in each tandem separate and move away from each other in a three quarter (270 degrees) circle. When each lead dancer approaches another lead dancer from the other side of the square, they both reach with outside hands, blending into a couple handhold as they continue into the center of the square. Each trailing dancer follows the lead dancer in front and ends directly behind that same dancer, taking the hand of the trailing dancer from the other side of the square.
Ending formation Double Pass Thru
Timing 8
Styling

Arms are held in natural dance position, skirt work optional. It is important to move slightly forward before turning away. Trailing dancers should follow footsteps of the lead dancers and not cutthe corners. As dancers meet each other, they use couples handholds.

As a pleasing variation, some dancers use a sweeping gesture during the call, letting go of the starting handhold and offering the same hand for the final handhold, without dropping the arm in between.

Teaching Tip A "Cloverleaf" ramp at a highway intersection, or one leaf of a "four-leaf clover" paints a very good picture of the dance path to be followed.

Cloverleaf (Two Couples Only Active)

Starting formation Anywhere two couples are facing out of the set (e.g., Trade By)
Command examples

Boys are a couple looking out of the set: Boys Cloverleaf

Squared set: Heads Turn Thru and Cloverleaf

Squared set: Heads Square Thru; Pass Thru; Cloverleaf while the centers Square Thru

Squared set: Sides Pass Thru and Cloverleaf; Heads Square Thru 2 and Cloverleaf; New centers Square Thru 3

Double Pass Thru; Ends Cloverleaf; others Partner Trade; You're Home

Dance action

The designated dancers must be facing out of the set. If they are in the center of the set, they first step forward. Next they separate and move away from each other in a three quarter (270 degrees) circle. When they meet another dancer from the other side of the square, they become a couple facing in. If no one else is in front of them, they can finish in the center, just as the leads normally would for Everyone Cloverleaf. If there is no dancer in front of them, they can step into the center.

When the inactive dancers are a couple facing in, they will move into the center.

Ending formation Various. The active dancers will be Couples facing in.
Timing Active dancers: 6 (or, if they move into the middle, 8); Inactive dancers: 0 (if they start as centers) or 2 (if they start as ends).
Styling Arms are held in natural dance position, skirt work optional. As dancers meet each other, they use a couple handhold.
Comment The next call is often directed to the inactive dancers and can commence while the active dancers are still dancing their Cloverleaf.