Ripple Galop

(1890s)



Contemporary Description


The Position

Waltz position throughout.


The Footwork

1: The Lead leaps back 90° clockwise around the Follow with his left foot while she leaps with her right foot forward between his feet, as in the Leap Waltz.

"&"*: The Lead steps side right along LOD, as the Follow steps side left along LOD.

* Note on Timing: The "&" used to describe this timing is different from the "and" used to describe Polka time. It's closer to the dotted ("swung") triple used in Lindy Hop.

2: The Lead closes left to right with weight, as the Follow closes right to left with weight.

"&": Repeat first count "&."

3: Repeat count 2.

"&": Repeat first count "&."

4: Repeat count 2.

5 &6 &7 &8: The Lead does exactly what the Follow did, and vice-versa.

* Note on Style: All of the steps feel like little leaps, light and airy, up on the balls of the feet. When it works, it almost feels like flying, as if your feet are never touching the floor.

All together, it goes: "back, side-close, side-close, side-close / front, side-close, side-close, side-close," turning 360° in eight counts.

Like most 19th century waltz variations, the Ripple Galop can be reversed.

Lopp 1903 describes a different variation called Le Ripple Galop, but it's unclear exactly what it looks like.


The Music

Galop or Schottische music.


Related Dances

The Newport is similar to a Ripple Galop, but in three counts instead of four ("back, side-close, side-close, repeat opposite").

The Waltz Galop is similar to a Ripple Galop, but in two counts instead of four ("back, side-close, repeat opposite").

The Jersey is a combination of the Ripple Galop and Waltz Galop.


© 2015 Nick Enge


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Historical Descriptions


Ripple Galop (Gilbert, 1890):

Two measures a la Newport, 1, & 2, & 3, & 4.


Le Ripple Galop (Lopp, 1903):

Tempo 2/4. Moderato.

Position de valse.

Commencer par deux mesures de Newport en ayant bien soin de faire les pas à côté et en droite ligne . . . 2 mesures.

Puis reprendre le même mouvement en partant du pied gauche, durant deux mesures . . . 2 mesures.


For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.


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