Bounding Unicorns

Swing Dips

Dip In Front

From side by side open, RH hold, leader's steps:

LF side rock small & RH lead follower's back rock   (1-2)
RH lead j-turn & LF triple step in place            (3-a-4)
    & monitor follower's progress & setup

LF lunge left                                       (5)

Follower's steps:

RF back rock                                        (1-2)
LF triple step forward rotating left 180°           (3-a-4)
    & RH grab leader's left shoulder from bottom

dip                                                 (5)

Setup for the dip is follower either square in front of leader or slightly left. Leader is responsible for being in correct position vs the follower as the follower is turning. Follower is responsible for traveling in a straight line through the turn so as not to move away from the leader.

Leader's lunge should be entirely to the side (left) rather than forward/left, though sometimes there is a forward component to it in order for the reader's left leg to end up under the follower.

In the lunge, the leader's torso should remain upright. Left leg bending at the knee determines the height of the dip. Leader rotating into the dip with the follower is very uncomfortable for the follower.

On (4) the follower should use RH to grab the top of the leader's shoulder (either one) for support. With this the follower can support herself throughout the dip without the leader holding her at all.

At the same time, on (4) leader should connect LH to follower's back and between (4) and (5) get RH around follower's waist to the left side of her back. Leader should support follower with both hands, though LH bears most of the weight. If leader is doing a good job supporting the follower, the follower does not need to be hanging off leader's shoulder.

Follower should lift the chest and arc the head back. In this way a follower can execute a part of the dip without any support from the leader.

Drag Dip With UAT Right

From face to face open with both hand hold, leader's steps:

LF back rock                                (1-2)
LF back & LH lead follower's right turn     (3)
RF together                                 (4)
    & reframe

LF back/side lunge                          (5)

This is similar to a tango corte.

Follower's steps:

RF back rock                                (1-2)
RF forward & rotate R 180°                  (3)
rotate R 180° & LF together                 (4)
    & sneak LH around leader on top of either shoulder for support

RF lunge forward                            (5)

This figure is called a drag dip because leader is meant to move toward the follower and connect with her on (4) from right shoulder to right thigh, and then maintain that connection through the lunge on (5) which is the drag part.

Drag Dip With Tuck Left

The entire figure fits into 8 counts as follows. Leader's steps from closed:

LF side rock small                                          (1-2)
throwout left & maintain double hand hold                   (3-a-4)
(RF forward rock:)
RF forward & wind follower L                                (5)
rock LF & wind follower R                                   (6)
LH up to lead tuck & RF together & LH stop follower         (7)
LH lead follower's UAT right & LF back small                (a)
RF together & RH catch follower                             (8)
establish right side body connection with follower          (a)
LF lunge back                                               (1)

The throwout on (3-a-4) should be somewhat forward for the follower but left for the leader, so that the leader stays with the follower for the forward rock which follows.

The tuck on (7) must not be late, and can be slightly early to give follower time to rotate on (a-8). The turn lead on (7a) must input enough energy into the follower for her to rotate 180° in two counts, meaning it needs to have a good amount of force going into it.

Follower's steps from closed:

RF back rock                                                (1-2)
RF forward triple rotating L ~180°                          (3-a-4)
LF back & wind L                                            (5-6)
rock RF & wind R
LF forward & wind R (triple stopped by leader)              (7)
rotate L 180° & RF together                                 (a)
rotate L 270° to face leader & LF together &
    LH sneak over leader's right shoulder for support       (8)
establish left side body connection with leader             (a)
RF lunge forward                                            (1)

Drag Dip With Pop Turn

Pop turn is as follows. Leader's steps from closed:

LF left small & RH open follower right                      (1)
RH left/down sharp to lead follower's exit & left turn &
    RF back small                                           (2)
LF together                                                 (a)
RF back small                                               (3)
LF forward & connect with follower                          (4)
RF forward & wind follower                                  (5)
LF back & tuck                                              (6)
RF back small                                               (7)
LF together                                                 (a)
RF back small                                               (8)
LF lunge back                                               (1)

The pop turn on (2) changes follower's timing from (1-2--3-a-4) to (1--2-a-3), hence it needs to be powerful enough to cause forward movement on (2) instead of a rock step. Leader can jump slightly due to applying downward force (counterbalancing that downward force, specifically). Right elbow must be very close to the body on the pop turn, otherwise leader loses power necessary for it. Leader's RH should be almost vertical (palm pointing up) on (1) to create the stretch from which the push on (2) is led.

After (2-a-3) leader moves with follower on (4-5), tucks on (6), turns follower on (7-a-8) and lunges back on (1).

Follower's steps from closed:

RF back                                     (1)
LF forward & rotate L 90°                   (2)
RF together/right & rotate L 180°           (a)
LF together/left & rotate L 180°            (3)
RF right                                    (4)
LF forward                                  (5)
RF forward & tuck                           (6)
LF forward & rotate L 180°                  (7)
RF together & rotate L 180°                 (a)
LF together & finish rotation/settle        (8)
RF lunge forward                            (1)

A good way to start the pop turn is from a Lindy circle (swingout to closed), because the circle is rotating. However it is possible to over-rotate the circle into the pop turn. Frame maintenance by leader is crucial and the step on (1) should be small to prevent excessive stretch and consequent loss of power in right arm.

Cuddle Side Dip

Leader's steps from open:

LF back rock                                                (1-2)
LH cuddle                                                   (3-a-4)
establish right side body connection with follower
rotate L 90°
lunge left                                                  (5)

As with other dips, in the lunge the leader's torso should be upright. Right leg should be diagonal. Left leg is used for support. Follower should be leaning on leader's right leg and right side of torso.

The lunge should be done in direction of follower's travel on (3-a-4), hence leader's rotation L 90° afterwards.