ambling(verb)-walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace
On page 89 of Quicksand by Nella Larsen it says, “They danced, ambling lazily to a crooning melody, or violently twisting their bodies, like whirling leaves, to sudden streaming rhythm. or shaking themselves ecstatically to a thumping of unseen tomtoms.”
After searching this word I understand the author and how it connects to the book. I have a better understanding of how Helga was dancing. I have a better vision of Helga dancing with her friend.