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Training: Hexagon Basic Figures

Let's call to a Hexagon. Touch the slides one-by-one.

    Squared ("Hexed") Set .

  • Heads Lead Right.

  • Step to a Wave. Notice how the center of each Ocean Wave is "pinched in" towards the center of the Hexagon. If dancers strive to form their Waves and Lines like this, it will be MUCH easier to perform calls that have dancers interacting with their counterparts on the other parallel side.

  • Boys adjust. See the dancers on the other side?

  • Girls adjust. Now we easily see the parallel Ocean Waves. When the Waves are formed like this, it is very natural to dance calls that operate between Waves, while there is only a moderate difficulty tradeoff dancing within the same Wave. Split Circulate is trivial, and All Eight (12!) Circulate is strangely easier in Hex than Square: see how easily the Girls would circulate in the center while the Boys circulate around the outside! The Waves are oriented towards, or along, the Heads positions, forming a "Y" shape. The branches of the "Y" are equal distances apart, 120 degrees.

  • Single Hinge. Some dancer pairs Hinged 60 degrees, the others Hinged 120 degrees...whatever it took to form new parallel Ocean Waves. These waves are oriented towards, or along, the Sides positions, forming an upside down "Y" or peace symbol shape.

  • Girls U-Turn Back. We have Lines.

  • Step to a Tidal Wave. Notice how a Hexagon Tidal Wave looks like a star.