Hinge Family

Hinge is a half Trade of adjacent dancers. Below are the two Mainstream versions of Hinge.

Single Hinge

Starting formationMini-Wave only
Command Examples

Single Hinge

Hinge

Couples Circulate; Centers Hinge

Heads Pass The Ocean; Extend; Split Circulate; Girls Cast Off 3/4; Boys Hinge

Dance Action 1/2 Trade
Ending Formation Mini-Wave
Timing 2
Styling Dancers maintain their handhold
Comments "Hinge 1/4" is improper, because Hinge is not used with fractions, as opposed to Touch 1/4. Partner Hinge (starting formation: Couple only) was removed from the Mainstream program in 1988. The command "Hinge" can be used for either Single Hinge or Partner Hinge, but the latter is improper at Mainstream.

Couples Hinge

Starting formation One-Faced Line and Two-Faced Line only
Command Example

Couples Hinge

Dance Action 1/2 Couples Trade
Ending Formation Two-Faced Line
Timing 3
Styling Each couple maintains their handholds
Comments From a Grand One-Faced Line, Couples Hinge ends in Right-Hand Two-Faced Lines (i.e., lined up with each other and not offset).

A hinge is a half of a trade. Any two adjacent couples or dancers who can trade can also hinge.

Couples Hinge

Starting formation Line or Two-Faced Line
Dance action Working as a unit, each Couple does half of a Couples Trade.
Ending formation Two-Faced Line at right angles to the original line.
Timing3
Styling Couples use couple handhold and styling similar to Wheel and Deal.

Single Hinge

Starting formationMini Wave
Dance action Dancers do half of a trade with each other.
Ending formation Mini Wave at right angles to the original Mini Wave.
Timing2
StylingUse hands up position.