Ærø mollevit

Country: Ærø, Denmark
Type: couple dance
Formation: one row of couples, R sides to front, holding inside hands.
Steps: mollevit (similar to menuet, with a bit more lift). The motion is calm, and in constant motion, and there should never be a cessation of motion.

Music: 3/4-time, ♩.=96.

    Dance progression
1-4 Introduction & courtesy All stand still.
5-8   All turn to partner and curtsey/bow (W more bow than curtsey).
1-2 Introduction All dance one backwards step.
3-4   M leads his partner infront of and facing him with 1 mollevit step. M's step is 'on the spot' W's step is forwards in an arc in front of partner.
5-6   All dance 1 step on the spot.
7-8   All dance 1 backwards step, dropping hand hold. All finish in longways set, M to R, W to L, as seen from the front.
  Basic pattern  
9-10 I All dance 1 forwards step, on a diagonal to the L, finishing turned to own partner and L side to L side with dancer to partner's R. Ie M are half-turned towards the front, W half-turned away from the front.
11-12   All dance 1 backwards step, on a diagonal back to place.
13-14   II All dance 1 forwards step across the set, passing partner on the L, and turned towards partner while passing.
15-16   All dance 1 turn step, finishing across from and L side to L side with own partner.
9-10   III All dance 1 step on the spot.
11-12   All dance 1 backward step, out to opposite side. The two rows of dancers have now changed places.
    The basic pattern of parts I, II, and III is repeated until the lead dancer (M1) signals the middain. This can be when he is about to begin with part I again (ie when M1 again has R side towards the front, eg on the 4th repeat, when the music begins again). M1 says "Ska' vi så!" to the row of men. and then claps his hands on (1).
1-4 Middain All dance 1 forward step, diagonally to the L (M1 claps on 1st beat)
    All dance 1 backward step, diagonally to the R, ie back to place.
5-8   Giving R hand to partner at shoulder height, turn 1/2 turn CW, with 2 forward steps, finishing L side to L side with partner.
1-2   1 step on the spot.
3-4   1 backwards step, dropping handhold. Rows have now changed places.
5-6   1 forwards step, diagonally to the L.
7-8   1 backwards step, diagonally to the R, ie back to place.
9-12   Giving L hand to partner at shoulder height, turn 1/2 turn CCW, with 2 forward steps.
13-14   Dance 1 step on the spot.
15-16   Dance 1 backwards step, dropping hand hold. The rows have again changed places.
    The basic pattern of parts I, II, and III is again repeated until the lead dancer (M1) signals the kveeldin. This can be when M1 is about to begin with part I again, ie when M1 again has R side towards the front, eg again on the 4th repeat, by which time the music is at bar 9.
9-10 Kveeldin All dance 1 forward step, diagonally to the L (M1 claps on the first beat).
11-12   All dance 1 backwards step, diagonally to the R, back to place.
11-12   All take 2-hand hold with partner, and dance 1 full turn CW, 2 forward steps. On the last beat, all curtsey/bow and the dance is finished.
    After the mollevit, one normally dances a waltz as 'dessert'.

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme Gamle danse fra Fyn og Øerne 4. oplag. København, FFF, 1984. pp. 68-73.
See also: YouTube video from Snoldelev in 2014, and a choreographed version danced by EMBLA in Præstø
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-02-08, rev. 2015-10-01


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