38. RUN FAMILY: Starting formation -any two-dancer formation in which the
directed dancer has a shoulder directly adjacent to the other dancer.
GENERAL RULE: 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 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.
(a) BOYS RUN ,
(b) GIRLS RUN ,
(c) ENDS RUN,
(d) CENTERS RUN: The directed (active) dancers run around the inactive dancers using the general rule.
(e) CROSS RUN: Starting formation -line, two-faced line, or wave. 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.
STYLING: Hands should blend into handhold required for following formation (i.e. wave or line).TIMING: From ocean waves, centers, 4 steps; cross run, 6; ends, 4; ends cross run, 6.
When teaching this family of moves, I start in a SS. I will tell them the name of the move, and the definition, for boys/girls. I will first use just boys and girls Run. I will explain that when a dancers runs, he/she will end facing the wall that is behind them. I will have the boys look at the wall behind them. I will tell the boys, that when I tell them to run around the girls, that they are going to go around to the other side of the girls, and will be facing that wall behind them now. I will tell the girls, that they will need to, step over into the boys spot when he moves. I will then reverse the rolls, and have the girls run. I will do this twice, and get them back in a SS. I'll once again, repeat about facing the opposite wall, and that the person being run around, only steps over an doesn't change facing directions.
I will use this from lines and waves, having them each running left and right. After they get comfortable with that, I will introduce centers/ends. I will show them why we sometimes cannot use girls/boys, ie: BBGG lines. I will tell them this is why we have centers/ends. I will walk them through this way a couple times. I will put a lot of emphases on this move, alternating boys/girls and centers/ends.
I won't teach cross run, for several lessons. I want to be sure they have a solid understanding of the other uses first. When I first teach cross run, I will start from a wave. I will have them notice where the center of the wave is. I will tell them that they are going to cross that center point, and run to a position on the other half. I will tell them, that just like the other runs we have done, they will end facing the wall that was behind them. I also tell them that if they start as centers, they will finish as ends, and if they start as ends, they will finish as centers.
After they get cross run from a wave, I will use it from two face lines. I tell them the same rules apply, and walk them through a time or two. Then I will teach it from lines facing out. I will tell them that when passing someone, always pass right shoulders. I will use it several times, from this setup. I will then use all kinds of runs and cross runs the remainder of that lesson. I will make a "game" out of it, while being careful not to over do it.
Try them before using.
HEADS PROMENADE HALF, PASS THE OCEAN, LADIES TRADE, EXTEND, SWING THRU, LADIES CROSS RUN, 8 CIRCULATE, BOYS CROSS RUN, GRAND RIGHT & LEFT
SIDE LADIES CHAIN, HEADS LEAD RIGHT & VEER LEFT, BOYS CROSS RUN, COUPLES CIRCULATE, BEND THE LINE, PASS THE OCEAN, LADIES CROSS RUN, SINGLE HINGE, CENTERS TRADE, ENDS CROSS RUN, BOYS RUN, REVERSE FLUTTER WHEEL, PASS THE OCEAN, LADIES CIRCULATE, BOYS CROSS RUN, BOYS TRADE, BOYS RUN, BEND THE LINE, PASS THE OCEAN, GRAND RIGHT & LEFT
HEADS PROMENADE HALF, PASS THE OCEAN, EXTEND, LADIES CIRCULATE, BOYS TRADE, LADIES CROSS RUN, SINGLE HINGE, LADIES CROSS RUN, PASS THE OCEAN, SWING THRU, BOYS CIRCULATE, LADIES TRADE, BOYS CROSS RUN, SINGLE HINGE, BOYS RUN, BALANCE, LADIES IN, MEN SASHAY, PASS THRU, WHEEL & DEAL, DOUBLE PASS THRU, CLOVERLEAF, DOUBLE PASS THRU, LEADS CLOVERLEAF, OTHERS STEP FORWARD & PARTNER TRADE, HOME
HEADS PASS THE OCEAN, EXTEND, SWING THRU, BOYS RUN, COUPLES CIRCULATE, LADIES CROSS RUN, BEND THE LINE, PASS THRU, ENDS CROSS RUN, CAST OFF 3 / 4, CENTERS TRADE, ALL STAR THRU, PASS TO THE CENTER, SLIDE THRU, BACK AWAY, HOME
HEADS LEAD RIGHT & VEER LEFT, BEND THE LINE, RIGHT & LEFT THRU, DIXIE STYLE, BOYS CROSS RUN, SINGLE HINGE, FAN THE TOP, SINGLE HINGE, BOYS RUN, CENTERS SWING THRU, BOYS RUN, AS A COUPLE EXTEND, WHEEL & DEAL, SWING THRU, GRAND RIGHT & LEFT
HEADS PROMENADE HALF, PASS THE OCEAN, LADIES TRADE, EXTEND, BOYS TRADE, SWING THRU, BOYS RUN, BEND THE LINE, RIGHT & LEFT THRU, DIXIE STYLE, BOYS TRADE - TWICE, LEFT SWING THRU, BOYS CROSS RUN, GRAND RIGHT & LEFT
HEADS PASS THE OCEAN, BOYS CROSS RUN, EXTEND, LEFT SWING THRU, SINGLE HINGE, SPLIT CIRCULATE, BOYS CROSS RUN, REVERSE FLUTTER WHEEL, DIXIE STYLE, BOYS TRADE, BOYS CIRCULATE, BOYS CROSS RUN, SWING THRU, SPIN THE TOP, VERY CENTER BOYS TRADE, SPIN THE TOP, BOYS RUN, WHEEL & DEAL, RIGHT & LEFT THRU, SWING THRU, GRAND RIGHT & LEFT