Extend involves dancers moving forward from one tagging formation to the next. There are five eight-dancer tagging
formations, which, in order, are as follows:
- Double Pass Thru (Zero Tag)
- 1/4 Tag
- Ocean Waves (1/2 Tag)
- 3/4 Tag
- Completed Double Pass Thru (Full Tag)
Eight-dancer Tagging Formations
This call was originally named "Extend the Tag".
In 1988, the name was shortened to "Extend", without changing the dance action.
Starting formations The first four eight-dancer tagging formations (i.e., Double Pass Thru, 1/4 Tag, Ocean Waves,
and 3/4 Tag) and the corresponding four-dancer tagging formations, which are described below
Dance action Walk forward from one tagging formation to the next. Where possible, handedness is maintained, as
described in the comments below.
Ending formations The last four eight-dancer tagging formations (i.e., 1/4 Tag, Ocean Waves, 3/4 Tag, and
Completed Double Pass Thru) and the corresponding four-dancer tagging formations, which are described below.
Styling All dancers should have their hands in ready dancing position for the formation resulting from the call
(couple handhold or Ocean Wave hand position).
Starting formation1/4 tag formation only.
[ Note: in 2016 this restriction was removed. ]
Dancers in the wave release handholds and step forward to the couple they are
facing and form an ocean wave. If the original wave was right-handed, form a
right-hand wave. If the original wave was left-handed, form a left-hand wave.
Ending formationParallel Ocean Waves
All dancers move forward smoothly during the call. Use ocean wave styling.
If you were a Center in the starting wave, you’ll be a Center in the ending wave.
If you were an End in the starting wave, you’ll be an End in the ending wave.
Stress that ALL dancers must move forward to keep the square from spreading out too far.
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