oh jeez…. oh no…. I was afraid my impulsivity/lack of research would come back to bite me hahaha. But I’m super happy to talk with a contra dancer!! I’ve gotten a few questions that I wish I had better answers to! But first I’ll answer yours!
So first off while I did base their dance off of Thingumy and Bob’s, it was honestly based mostly off of my memory of their dance from their episode, and I didn’t actually look it up again until after I finished the animatic (WHOOPS). I combined that memory with other notions of similar dances I kind of absorbed through osmosis?? Which explains why the dances aren’t totally the same. and I’m not totally sure if I’m interpreting the ask right, but I think you’re saying the Snufkin/Moomin dance is more allemande than the Thingumy/Bob one? (Or maybe neither of them can fall under that category LOL)
But anyway, the answer is I think both I wanted it to be and it was a coincidence!! of course I wanted their reunion dance to feel natural and spontaneous but also like something that they had maybe done before (and therefore could wordlessly slip back into). since in the 90s anime Snufkin has been known to spontaneously twirl & dance when he’s happy :’) (or has committed a successful jape)
Anyway I thought it would be really fun to add in an allemande, though I didn’t actually realize that’s what it was called at the time 😅 I would love to know more about traditional contra dancing though!!!!!! Especially any particular dances that are of Finnish or Swedish origin, I think it’d be fun to animate them dancing more in the future and I’d love to be able to get it right if I can…. Feel free to send me references because I’d love to learn!
Also I know it goes by so fast but I also have been wondering if anyone caught that when they turn, they go from having the back of their hands touching to interlacing their fingers… lol
TLDR; Short answer is that they just dancin. they didn’t plan it but they felt it so they forgot all form and stumbled into what felt right :’) (and then onto the ground)
oh and of course, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 💕💕💕