Tipple Chasse & Ripple Chasse
by Wayne & Barbara
The basic Chasse is a method of one
foot chasing the other. In Round Dancing, the steps are side, close,
side and may start with either foot. Adding a “ripple” or a
“tipple” to your Chasse is a matter of using side stretch. Don’t
drop one shoulder or raise the other, but incorporate sway into your
Swaying or directing your shoulders
away from your line of progression is a Ripple. For the man, it is a
right sway in semi-closed position where the partners straighten up
on the 4th step.
The Tipple is when the couple normally
sways in the direction of the Chasse and gives the impression of
“tipping.” It usually starts in closed position facing reverse
line of dance. The man steps back with his left foot turning ¼
right-face. He then steps side right/close left to right with slight
left side stretch. This stretch is the Tipple – tipping the upper
body in the direction of progression. He then steps side and forward
right with another 1/8 turn to face line of dance and center in
closed position. The figure may begin with the trailing foot in which
case the turn would be to the left, the stretch right-side, and
ending line and wall.
A Tipple Chasse Pivot is a combination
of the Tipple Chasse and a one-step pivot action done on the last
step of the Chasse.
from clinic notes, Roundalab Convention, June 2010; published in the Dixie Round Dance Council (DRDC) Newsletter, March
2012. Visit Blackford Web site.