Fold Family

Starting formation - any two dancer formation in which the directed dancer has a shoulder directly adjacent to the other dancer. GENERAL RULE: Directed dancers step forward and move in a small semi-circle to end facing toward an adjacent dancer or position. The adjacent inactive dancer may be facing in any direction and does not move. If not specified, centers fold toward ends and vice versa.

STYLING: Hand position depends on starting formation, i.e, hands up from a wave, couple handhold from a line or circulate. Using appropriate hand position, the inactive dancer should exert slight pressure to adjacent dancer and assist in initiating folding action.

Timing: Fold, 2 steps; cross fold, 4 steps.

Fold / Cross Fold

(Named Dancers, e.g. BOYS, GIRLS, ENDS, or CENTERS) FOLD

Starting formations Any two dancers with adjacent shoulders
Dance action Directed dancers step forward and move in a small semi-circle to end facing toward the adjacent dancer or position. The adjacent dancer does not move unless another call is given, e.g.: Ends Fold while the Centers Trade.
Ending formation If starting formation is a couple, ending formation is facing dancers. If starting formation is a wave, ending formation is a tandem.
Timing2
Styling Adjacent dancer should guide/assist (ever so slightly) in the folding action.
Calling/Teaching tip Fold from an ocean wave ends in a "Z" formation.

(Named Dancers, e.g. ENDS or CENTERS) CROSS FOLD

Starting formationGeneral Line
Dance action The two directed dancers (who both must be either centers or ends) fold toward the farthest inactive dancer or position by walking in a semi-circle to end facing toward that same dancer or position. When the two directed dancers are facing the same direction, they pass each other and then finish the fold.
Timing4
Calling/Teaching Tip Cross Fold from a Two Faced Line ends in a "Z" formation.