In each pair that is told to roll, the left hand person rolls the right hand person. The
left hand person sashays behind to the right. The right hand person rolls across the front
to the left.
When all roll, it is this move done in pairs, with everyone active.
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From: trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com <trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com>
Sent: 17 September 2019 10:10
Subject: RE: [trad-dance-callers] Re: [Callers] Roll Away Square
Now I’m confused. I thought the ‘half sashay’ referred to the rollers partner moving
sideways into their place. So how can everyone roll? And starting from a GGLL line how can
you have ladies roll?
Long time since I went to a class and I never ‘graduated’ but it was fun at the time.
From: jim saxe jim.saxe(a)gmail.com [trad-dance-callers]
Sent: 16 September 2019 18:57
To: Sue C. Hulsether; trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com List
Cc: Caller's discussion list
Subject: [trad-dance-callers] Re: [Callers] Roll Away Square
The March 1975 issue of _Sets In Order_ magazine has this on page 39;
CHEROKEE ROAD (42)
By Ken Down, Scotia, New York
Heads right and left thru
Cross trail thru
Separate go around two make a line of four Just the boys roll a half sashay Just the girls
roll a half sashay Just the centers roll a half sashay Everyone roll a half sashay Left
You can see it in context by going to Sets In Order index at
and clicking on the thumbnail of the March 1975 cover.
I believe the parenthesized number 42 indicates the routine's highest numbered call in
the recommended teaching order at the time.
As usual for routines published in MWSD sources, no information is included about the
timing. The routine above differs from the one in Sue's query in that it lacks
occurrences of "forward and back", has the "boys" doing the first roll
away, and has the last roll away followed by left allemande with corner instead of partner
swing. But it clearly uses the same gimmick and even has the same way of setting up the
lines of four.
I happened to find the routine above via a Google search for "just the girls
roll" that turned up a hit on the SIO Double Square Dance Yearbook of 1976. So far, I
haven't found an earlier example of the "one gender roll; other gender roll;
centers roll; all roll" gimmick. Such an earlier example, if one exists, might have
been notated with "ladies" or "women" or even "gals" instead
of "girls" or have "rollaway" instead of "roll" or lack the
word "just" or have "TWO girls/ladies/..." instead of "THE
girls/ladies/..." etc.. Or it might have been published in some source that
hasn't be put online and found its way into Google's full-text index.
On Sep 16, 2019, at 6:58 AM, Sue C. Hulsether via
Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
Does anyone know the source for this square?
A1: Heads* forward and back
Heads right and left thru
A2: Heads pass thru, cross trails; go around 2 Make lines at sides
(gent, gent, lady, lady)
8 go forward and back
B1: Ladies roll away*
Gents roll away
Centers roll away
Everybody roll away
B2: Swing Pt
*Note: roll away is right-person rolls to the left, no matter the gender-role.
Posted by: <mjw(a)mowaddington.plus.com>
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