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RIP AND SNORT, DESCRIPTION A utrmmnn" used as a chorus or finish
All join hands in a ring of eight and circle clockwise halfway around the set. On the call of aRip and Snort," the First Couple, 'with all hands in the ring of eight joined, dances across the set and through an arch made by the Third Couple who raise their joined hands high. After passing through this arch, the First Couple only release their joined hands and separate, the First Lady to the right and the First Gentleman to the left, and lead their lines of dancers around the outside of the set, through the arch made by the Third Couple who stand fast and are forced to turn a "dishrag" under their own joined hands as the last dancers pass through the arch. When the First Lady and the First Gentleman meet, they join their hands, re-forming the ring of eight which circles clockwise half around.
The "Rip and Snort" is now led by the Second, Third, and Fourth Couples in turn, the leading couple always passing through an arch made by their Opposite Couple in the set, the leading dancers meeting each other at the place from which they started the figure and re-forming the ring of eight which circles half around before the next couple leads the "Rip and Snort" movement. As the Fourth Couple completes their change of the figure by circling half in the ring of eight, all should be home. All swing their Partners once around with a Waltz Swing and then Promenade once around the set with Partners.
This trimming should only be used with a very short dance.






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