Spin the Top

Starting formation Ocean Wave
Command examples

Spin The Top

Spin The Top; Spin It Again (i.e., go twice)

Spin Your Top

Spin Your Top, Do A Right and Left Thru

Dance action End and adjacent center Turn 1/2. Centers Turn 3/4 while the ends move forward in a quarter circle around the formation to become ends of the final Ocean Wave.
Dance action End and adjacent center Turn 1/2. New Centers Turn 3/4 while the Ends move forward in a quarter circle around the centers to meet the same dancer they started with while ending as Ends of the final Ocean Wave. The Facing Couple Rule applies.
Ending formation Ocean Wave perpendicular to starting formation
Timing 8
Styling Use same styling as in Swing Thru.
Styling While executing the call and at the completion of the call use Ocean Wave hand holds with elbows kept in close. By applying ever so slight pressure to assist the opposite dancer these arm turns should be smooth and effortless as in a weaving motion along the line.
Comments

The Facing Couples Rule applies to this call.

The combination "Spin The Top, Right and Left Thru" must be delivered so that dancers adjust their hands as necessary for the Right and Left Thru instead of first finishing the Spin The Top in a hands-up Ocean Wave.

When Spin The Top is used from an Ocean Wave of 3 dancers, the caller must specify who starts (e.g., Right Spin The Top, Starting With The Right Spin The Top, Boys Start Spin The Top). The designated dancers Turn 1/2. The non-designated dancer and the new center dancer Turn 3/4 while the other dancer moves up around the outside of the formation to end in a new Ocean Wave of 3 dancers. This usage is uncommon.

From a Left-Hand Ocean Wave, the phrase "Left Spin The Top" is acceptable. "Left" is a helping word (see "Part 4: Additional Detail: Commands: Extra words").

From a Right-Hand Ocean Wave, the phrases "Left Spin The Top" and "Centers Start, Spin The Top" are improper.

Teaching Tip As in Cast Off 3/4, have the centers, who are doing the Cast, keep their inactive hand down until the completion of the call. If their inactive hand comes up prematurely, it could cause a tendency to stop too soon instead of finishing their 3/4 turn. Remind dancers that they will end up with the same dancer they started with and with the same hand touching.