Copyright © 1999 William B. Ackerman
These are surprisingly versatile calls. Ripple the wave is done from a wave or line, and designates a person or two people. It may also give a number. Without the number, the call is <anyone> ripple the wave. (It is called that even if the line isn't a wave.) With a number, it is <anyone> ripple <N>.
Typically just one person is designated in each 4-person wave (as in side girls ripple the wave), and that person is an end. That person does trades with people until he or she reaches the far end of the wave. If the designee is an end, that is 3 trades. If the designee is a center, he or she will work toward the center, and will do 2 trades. Nondesignated people don't do anything except when a designated person is trading with them.
It is possible to designate both ends (their second trade will be with each other) or both centers (they will start by trading with each other.) Other combinations won't work.
2B^ 2GV 3G^ 3BV 3G^ 2BV 3B^ 2GV 1B^ 1GV 4G^ 4BV 4G^ 1BV 4B^ 1GV girls ripple the wave
Instead of having to say something like
head boysto identify one person in each wave, you may be able to use more dancer-friendly designators like
end boys end girls center boys center girls lead ends lead centers trailing ends trailing centers
When a number is given, the designee does just that many trades:
2G^ 3GV 2B^ 3BV 3G^ 2BV 2G^ 3BV 1B^ 4BV 1G^ 4GV 1B^ 4GV 4B^ 1GV end girls ripple 2
You can give fractional numbers to get interesting results:
2G> 3G^ 2BV 2G^ 3GV 2B^ 3BV 3B< 1B^ 4BV 1G^ 4GV 1B> 4B^ 1GV 4G< end girls ripple 2-1/2
2B> 3G> 3G^ 2BV 3B^ 2GV 2G< 3B< 4G^ 1BV 4B^ 1GV 1B> 4G> 1G< 4B< girls ripple 2-1/2
2G< 2B^ 3BV 3G^ 2BV 3B^ 2GV 3G> 4G^ 1BV 4B^ 1GV 1G< 1B^ 4BV 4G> end girls ripple 1-1/2
The call rolling ripple takes more than one number. The designee does a normal ripple of the first amount. Then, whoever is standing on the spot(s) that the designee(s) originally started on does a ripple of the second amount. If there are more numbers the action continues, from the same spot(s) each time.
2B^ 2GV 3G^ 3BV 2G^ 2BV 3B^ 3GV 1B^ 1GV 4G^ 4BV 1G^ 1BV 4B^ 4GV boys rolling ripple 3 x 2
4B^ 3BV 1G^ 2GV 2G^ 4BV 1G^ 3BV 4G^ 3GV 1B^ 2BV 1B^ 3GV 2B^ 4GV end girls rolling ripple 3 x 1
4B^ 3BV 1G^ 2GV 4B^ 2GV 1G^ 3BV 4G^ 3GV 1B^ 2BV 1B^ 3GV 4G^ 2BV center boys rolling ripple 2 x 1
2B< 2G^ 3GV 2B^ 2GV 3G^ 3BV 3B> 1B^ 1GV 4G^ 4BV 1B< 1G^ 4GV 4B> boys rolling ripple 3 x 1-1/2
2G> 4B^ 3BV 4B^ 3BV 1G^ 2GV 1G< 4G^ 3GV 1B^ 2BV 3G> 1B^ 2BV 4G< end girls rolling ripple 3 x 2-1/2
4B^ 3BV 1G^ 2GV 2G^ 1GV 3B^ 4BV 4G^ 3GV 1B^ 2BV 2B^ 1BV 3G^ 4GV end girls rolling ripple 3 x 2 x 1