Spin Chain & Exchange the Gears

Starting formationOcean Waves
Dance Action

Each end and adjacent center turn 1/2. The new centers of each ocean wave turn 3/4 and, as the centers finish, the ends Flip In (180 degree inward turn similar to Ends Run). Very Centers Trade. Each half of the square forms a four-hand star (a “gear”) and turns it 3/4.

Each Very Center dancer (one is #1 in the diagram) leads those following them in their star (#2, #3 and #4) along a circular path around the outside of the other star (the “exchange”). When #1 has gone 3/4 around and #3 has gone 1/4 around, dancers #1 and #3 Flip In to join hands and become centers of a wave while dancers #2 and #4 continue to move forward along the circular path to join their inside hand with the dancer ahead to become ends of the wave. The call ends in waves with the same handedness and in the same location as the original waves.


While turning the star and exchanging, each group of four dancers are following a smooth S-like path. The exchange and formation of the waves is one continuous action. Ocean wave and star turns use standard styling. As each star forms (before turning the star), the dancer who will be leading the exchange usually raises the outside hand to indicate "follow me". That hand is held up for the star turn and through the exchange, and can be smoothly joined with the inside hand of the following dancer when forming the ending wave.

Timing 26

The Facing Couples Rule applies to this call.

The 3/4 fraction to turn the star can be modified by the caller, in which case a different dancer will be #1 and lead the exchange.