That was the word the master used when trying to explain how to braid the noodles properly.
After forming the noodles into strands into a pot the next process was to prepare the noodles for the drying process by wrapping them around two short sticks.
This sounds simple but to braid the strands one has to first wrap them closely and secondly knead the strand between the palms as the strand is being braided. When the apprentice did it the master said that she was too slow. The master demonstrated how to do it quickly and said that one has to dance (I forgot the exact way he said it).
When the master did the “dance” his hands moved really quickly and in a tight manner as if doing a few martial arts hand techniques fast and continuously. What was more interesting was how his body would move along. I won’t try to describe it. Its one of those things better seen than described.
If you were to do a southern white crane form in a fast and continuous manner it would be very similar to this braiding noodle “dance”. It kind of reminds me of the movement at 0:31 with the shoulders turning in this clip.