Run / Cross Run

With these calls, the caller must designate certain dancers; generally half the dancers are designated. For this definition, a runner (or cross-runner) is a designated dancer and a non-runner is another dancer who moves during the call. For example, in Boys Run, the men are the runners and the women are the non-runners.

On Run, dancers work in pairs. On Cross Run, dancers work in groups of four, with the cross-runners crossing the center of the formation.

Case 1: Run

Starting formation Mini-Wave, Couple
Command examples

Boys Run

Centers Run

Women Run Right

Leaders Run

Dance action

Each runner (designated dancer) must have a non-runner either to the right or to the left, and these dancers work together.

The runner and non-runner exchange places: the runner walks forward in a semicircle into the non-runner's spot (ending with the opposite facing direction), while the non-runner moves into the runner's spot without changing facing direction.

Ending formation Couple, Mini-Wave
Styling Hands should blend into the handhold required for the ending formation (i.e., Couple or Mini-Wave).

A direction may be given, and this indicates where the non-runner is relative to the runner. It is often optional (e.g., Swing Thru, Boys Run Right), but may be required to avoid ambiguity (e.g., from an Alamo or Circle; or Heads Square Thru, Touch 1/4, Center Girls Run Left).

Infrequently used applications of Run can ask the same designated dancers to run around successive people (e.g., End Boy Run Right, Left, and Right), or to remain designated for multiple calls (e.g., Girls Cross Run and then Run).

An extended application designates more than one non-runner for each runner. E.g., from normal Lines Facing Out, End Boys Run Around 2. In this case, the center dancers are non-runners. The end boy walks in a semicircle to end in the position of the farther center while each non-runner moves one position toward where the runner started.

Some callers occasionally use Everyone Run. For example, from Lines Facing Out, this would be equivalent to Partner Trade. Because each runner is not next to a non-runner, this application is a gimmick (see Additional Detail: Commands: Gimmicks). This gimmick may not be used if only some dancers are designated. For example, after Heads Pass the Ocean, Extend, Split Circulate, the call Boys Run is improper because it is unclear if the Girls should do the part of the non-runner or not move at all. To be proper, the caller could use Do Your Part (see Additional Detail: Commands: Do Your Part).

At Mainstream, the runner and non-runner will almost always begin as a Mini-Wave or Couple. A workshop should precede other applications, such as when the non-runner is initially facing the shoulder of the runner (e.g., from a Double Pass Thru formation, Centers Square Thru 4, Centers Run).

Case 2: Cross Run

Starting formation General Line
Command examples

Girls Cross Run

Centers Cross Run

On Each Side, Centers Cross Run (from a Tidal Wave)

In the Center Wave, Centers Cross Run (from a Tidal Wave)

Ends Cross Run

Dance action

Dancers work in a 1x4 Formation, where the cross-runners (designated dancers) must both be centers or both be ends. The others are the non-runners.

The cross-runners walk forward in a semi-circle into the spot vacated by the farther non-runner (ending with the opposite facing direction). That is, each cross-runner will cross the center of the four-dancer formation.

Simultaneously each non-runner moves into the spot of the closer cross-runner without changing facing direction. This position will be on their half of the four-dancer formation. That is, a center non-runner moves into the nearer end position; an end non-runner moves into the nearer center position.

Ending formation General Line
Styling Hands should blend into the handhold required for the ending formation (i.e., Couple or Mini-Wave).

From a Tidal Wave (or other 1x8 Formations), callers must carefully identify centers and ends. See the Tidal Wave command examples above and "General: Ways Of Naming Dancers: Centers / Ends".

If the cross-runners are centers facing the same way, they Half Sashay, blending into a Run around the original far end.

If the cross-runners are ends facing the same way, they pass right shoulders with each other.

From a General Line, Everyone Cross Run is a gimmick. See the second to last comment of Run, above.

At Mainstream, Cross Run will almost always be called from a General Line. For other applications, see the final comment of Run, above.

Run / Cross Run

(Named Dancers) Run

Starting formation Any two-dancer formation in which the directed dancer has a shoulder directly adjacent to the other dancer.
Dance action The directed (active) dancer moves forward in a semi-circle (180°) around an adjacent (inactive) dancer to end in the adjacent dancer's starting position. Meanwhile, the inactive dancer, who may be facing in any direction, adjusts by stepping (without changing facing direction) into the vacated starting position of the active dancer. The active dancer doing the run has reversed his/her original facing direction. If the direction to Run is not specified (right or left) and if the active dancer has an inactive dancer on each side, then centers Run around ends and ends Run around centers. Runs from an alamo circle are to the right unless otherwise directed.
Ending formation Various, depending on starting formation. The two dancers will have exchanged places.
Styling Hands should blend into the handhold required for the ending formation.
Calling Tip Usually called from an Ocean Wave, Two-Faced Line, or Line as Boys Run, Girls Run, Ends Run or Centers Run.

(Named Dancers) Cross Run

Starting formation Line, two-faced line, or wave.
Dance action Each of the two directed (active) dancers, who must both be either centers or ends, Run into the spot vacated by the farthest inactive dancer. If the inactive dancers are centers, they sidestep to become ends; if they are ends, they sidestep to become centers. When the active dancers are both facing the same direction, they move forward in a semi-circle, pass each other and then Run into the vacated spot on the far side.