Square Line Special is a New England Contra Dance. It was devised by Gary Roodman (website) in 1987 and published in Calculated Figures. It is a 4 Couple Longways dance with the 1s, 3s improper. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 3142. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
The tune is a traditional one called Swinging on a Gate. It was performed by Anna Patton, Naomi Morse, and Peter Barnes on the album Band of Friends.
The animation plays at 111 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.
The dance contains the following figures: circle, lead, rights and lefts, ladies chain (courtesy turn), right and left through, long lines forward and back, swing (and probably others).
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The dance is copyright © 1987 by Gary Roodman. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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