Bette Mett', Mors & Thy

Country: Mors & Thy, Denmark
Type: couple dance
Formation: couples, closed waist-shoulder/polska hold, M facing in RLOD
Note: the dance progresses in RLOD, ie CW around the room, and turning CW.
Steps: glissadetrin, pivot/step-hop, walk
Music: 358:479, <http://spillefolk.dk/nodesamling/pdf/ho-bettemette.pdf>

    Version 1: As described in Mors in the 1920s and published by FFF (see Source, below):
1   M steps forward L (1:1), and closes R to L (1:2) (=1 glissadetrin). W opposite footwork, ie moving backwards.
2   Repeat, ie a second glissadetrin.
3-4   2 step-hops, beginning with L foot, turning CW.
    Repeat as desired.
   
    Version 2: As described by Svend Hamborg in Thy in the '70s
1   M steps forward L (1:1), and closes R to L (1:2) (=1 glissadetrin). W opposite footwork, ie moving backwards.
2   A 'svikt' or small hop on R (2:1), and M steps forward L on (2:2). W with opposite footwork.
3-4   Turn a half-turn (180 degrees) CW, 2 step-hops/pivot steps.
5-8   Repeat, with opposite footwork, and M moving backwards, W forwards, in RLOD.
Bar:       ----------1----------     ----------2----------     ----------3----------     ----------4----------
Beat:      1     &      2      &     1     &     2     &       1     &     2     &       1     &     2     &  
Man:       L     R    hop R    L     R           L             R     L   hop L   R       L           R 
Woman:     R     L    hop L    R     L           R             L     R   hop R   L       R           L 
    Repeat as desired.
Note: the 'bounciness' of the music determines whether it is danced with 'svikt' or small step-hops.
   
    Version 3: As described by Svend Hamborg in Thy in 1989, based on Ejnar Ringgård's description
1-3   Two mazurka (Danish) steps, moving CW on the floor, M forwards [ie facing CW] beginning with L foot, and W backwards [ie facing CCW] beginning with R foot.
Note: the 2 mazurka steps take 3 bars of music.
4   One step-hop, turning 1/2 turn CW - M on L foot, and W on R foot. Finish with M facing CCW in the circle, and W facing CW.
5-7   Two mazurka (Danish) steps, still moving CW on the floor, M backwards beginning with R foot, and W forwards beginning with L foot.
Note: the 2 mazurka steps take 3 bars of music.
8   One step-hop, turning 1/2 turn CW - M on R foot, and W on L foot. Finish with M facing CW in the circle, and W facing CCW.
    Repeat as desired.
   

    Song text: Danish Song text: English translation
    Bette Mett', Bette Mett'
må jeg sove hos dig?
Ja, du må, ja du må
du må ligge ovenpå
Bette Mett', Bette Mett'
may I sleep with you?
Yes, you may, yes you may
you may lie on top

Source version 1: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Gamle danse fra Mors og Thy. 4th ed. København: Foreningen til Folkdansens Fremme, 1985, p. 13.
Source version 2: videos with Karl Skaarup (at 1:58), and Roskilde Folkdanserlaug.
Source version 3: Sørensen, Pia and Per Sørensen / 27 gamle folkedanse fra Jylland (VI) Samlet og bearbejdet af Pia & Per Sørensen. 1 opl. Kolding: Pia & Per Sørensen, 2000, pp. 20-21.
Translation & description: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2015-08-17, rev. 2015-10-05


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