There was a recent call for new dances, but I can't find the thread, so
here's a fresh post.
Continuing what I think of as a long-standing tradition of contra dance
choreography stealing moves from other dances; I've written a few with the
mini-dip, a move from swing dancing. (Despite the name, it's not really a
I was recently on a small tour with Chimney Swift, and premiered one at the
BIDA dance in Boston.
You can check out a video of it here:
For an explanation of what swing dancers consider a mini dip:
There's different opinions in swing if it's a 6 count or 8 count move, but
I put it in 8 counts. The break down:
1-2: moving forward on balance
3-4: moving backwards on balance
5: pull past each other
6: clap (while low and moving)
7: catch hands
8: style pause
Functionally, it's like a box the gnat; but folks let go and have an
opportunity to clap and add style.
The entire dance in that video is ~75% Bob Isaacs' "United We Dance";
replacing long wavy Rory O'More's in the A1 with the mini-dip sequence, so
it's called "United We Mini-Dip".
(8) Right hand to neighbor, balance, and mini-dip; catch right hands
(2) Pull by right with current neighbor to previous neighbor
(6) Previous neighbor allemande Left 1x, back to current neighbor
(16) Current neighbor balance and swing
(6) Circle left 3/4
(10) Partner swing
(8) Ladies Chain to neighbor
(8) Left Hand Star 1x
I know NB&S, CL PSwg, Chain Star, overlaps other dances as well. You could
do the whole thing with a box the gnat instead of a mini dip in the A1
(that may already exist as a choreographed and called dance); but I like
the clap opportunity the mini-dip provides, especially if the band matches
it well to a tune (as Chimney Swift did).
Enjoy if you're so inclined.