Tom Fromm wrote:
45. VEER FAMILY:
-Starting formation -facing dancers, facing couples, mini waves or two-faced lines. Two facing couples working as a unit, or two facing dancers move to the left (or right, as directed) and forward to end in a two-faced line or mini wave respectively. From a mini wave or a two-faced line, the veering direction must be toward the center of the mini wave or line. Each dancer, or couple working as a unit, moves forward and inward to end back to back with the other dancer or couple respectively.
STYLING: All dancers use couple handhold. Outside hands in normal dance position.
TIMING: Box, 2 steps; SS, heads or sides, 4 steps.
When I teach this move, I start from an eight chain thru. I will tell them the name, and the definition. I will begin by using Veer Left only. I will tell them that when they start from here, they will end in a two face line. I will tell them, that it is important, that they step a little forward, as they veer (side step) to the left.
Once we have that down, I will show them Veer Right, from an eight chain thru. I will once again, tell them that it is important, that they step a little forward, as they veer (side step) to the right. I also tell them, that they need to listen closely, to hear which direction I want them to go.
After we have that, I will combine both directions. I will have them in an eight chain position, and have them Veer Left. Now I will tell them, that if we Veer Right from here, we are going to be standing back to back with the dancers at the other end of the two face line they are in. I tell them, that when we are here, we always Veer toward to center of the set up.
We will work with Veer's, from different set ups. This is a good time to use circle left 1/2 way, and Veer left, from an eight chain thru. This use on a regular basis, can cut down on "slide to a line", as well as add variety to the Basic program.
Although individuals Veer, to make a wave from an eight chain position, is in my opinion legal, I feel that it is unnecessary. There are other ways to get the dancers where you want them, with out causing confusion. I feel that helper words will get a lot more success, than the name Veer.