Tag the Line (In/Out/Left/Right)

Starting formation A line with an even number of dancers.
Dance action Each dancer turns to face the center of each line. Dancers walk forward passing right shoulders with oncoming dancers until they have walked past all of the dancers from the other half of the line. The call may be followed by any one of the directions In, Out, Right or Left. When this happens, dancers turn in place one quarter (90°) in the direction indicated.
Ending formation When starting from a line of four dancers, ending formation is Completed Double Pass Thru.
Timing6
Styling Arms in natural dance position, hands ready to assume appropriate position for the next call. A flowing type of movement can be achieved by taking a slight step forward before turning toward the center of the line, thus avoiding the abrupt military-type pivot.
Teaching Tip Make sure you face the center of the entire line before you start moving forward.
Starting formationGeneral Line
Command examples

Tag The Line

Tag The Line All The Way

Tag The Line, Face Right

Tag The Line, Left

Tag The Line, Face In

Dance actionEach dancer turns 90 degrees, in place, to face the center of the line and then walks forward, passing right shoulders with all dancers in the other half of the line, until the last dancers in each half have passed each other. If a facing direction is given, each dancer then turns 90 degrees, in place, toward the specified direction.
Ending formation

]Tag The Line ends in back-to-back Tandems.

Tag The Line, Face Right (or Left) ends in a Right-Hand (or Left-Hand) Two-Faced Line.

Timing6
Styling Arms in natural dance position, hands ready to assume appropriate position for the next call. If the centers start holding right hands, a flowing type of movement can be achieved by taking a slight step forward while turning toward the center of the line.
Comments

Tag The Line is a 4-dancer call. From a General Line of 8, the phrase “Each Side” (or “Each Four”) is helpful but not required.

After Tag The Line, the direction In (or Out) means to turn toward (or away from) the center of the set. From General Lines, Tag The Line, Face In (or Out) ends in Facing Lines (or Lines Back-to-Back).

The direction given does not have to be the same for all dancers, e.g., Tag The Line, Boys Face Left, Girls Face Right.

An extended application of Tag The Line begins from a General Line containing six or eight dancers. The caller must explicitly identify the line, e.g., “Line of Eight, Tag The Line”. The application from a line of two dancers is improper at Mainstream; it has a separate name and is in another program.