Formation: Double circle of partners facing in butterfly position. The man’s back is to the center of the hall. Directions are given for the man.
Formation Variations: Solo dancers in loose lines, or as two facing lines with dancers moving to the other line on the end. For these formations, all begin with the left foot.
Music: “Jiffy Mixer”, Lloyd Shaw LS E-35 or Windsor 4684
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25-32 – – – -; Heel & toe twice then side, close, side;
1-8 – – – -; – – The other way back;
9-16 – – – -; – – Chug and clap;
17-24 – – – -; Slant right get a new partner (4 slow struts);
25-32 – – – -; – – Heel and toe;
1-8 In butterfly position (partners facing, both hands joined, out to sides, shoulder high) touch left heel out to left, then touch left toe beside right foot, and repeat (Heel, Toe, Heel, Toe). Move counterclockwise by stepping to left on left foot, close right to left, step left to side again and touch right alongside of left, keeping weight on left (Side, Close, Side, Touch). (Ladies footwork is opposite the man’s.)
9-16 Repeat the above action using the other foot and moving in the opposite direction.
17-24 Drop hands, partners “chug” (with weight on both feet take a short jump backwards) away from each other 4 times, man backing in towards the center of the hall, lady backing away toward the wall. Both “chug” on the down-beat of the music and clap hands on the up-beat of the music. (Chug, Clap, Chug, Clap, etc.)
25-32 Start with the left foot and move, diagonally right, to a new partner with 4 slow swaggering steps. Finish in a butterfly position to begin the dance again.
Variations: People that have knee problems can just back away in 4 slow steps instead of Chug. You can also eliminate changing partners.
Choreography by: Jerry & Kathy Helt, Cincinnati, Ohio
Source: From Dancing for Busy People, page 260. Printed in CD Journal, August 1993,
Formation Variations printed in CD Journal, August 2012.
Usage: Jiffy Mixer is an excellent dance to use where children are dancing with adults. Place the children in the middle of the circle facing the adults on the outside of the circle.
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