Fandango fra Hardsyssel

Country: Vestjylland, Denmark
Formation: progressive longways set dance
Formation: longways set, 3 or 4 couples, M to the R and W to the L, as see from the front. Couples are numbered 1, 2, 3, (4) from the top of the set.
Steps: pivot, walk
Music: 358:614, <http://spillefolk.dk/nodesamling/pdf/kr-fandangohardsyssel.pdf>; (CDs) Bal med Spillemandslauget Fandango track 4, Holstebro Folkedanserforening Dansk og skandinavisk folkedans med Arne Bech track 9.

    Dance progression
1-4 (a) Couples 1 and 2 form R-hand star [thumb hold], and dance CW, 8 walking steps.
5-8   Couples 1 and 2 form L-hand star, and dance CCW, 8 walking steps.
1-4   M1 slides behind M2 and in between M2 and M3, while W1 turns CW [ie casts off] and passes down behind W2 and in between W2 and W3. Couples 1 and 3 form R-hand star, and dance CW, 8 walking steps.
5-8   Couples 1 and 3 form L-hand star, and dance CCW.
M1 finishes between M2 and M3, facing W1 who finishes between W2 and W3. 8 walking steps.
9-16 (b) Crossovers: M2 crosses over passing his partner to the left, continues behind W1, between W1 and W3, crosses over again but this time passing his partner to the R, in between M1 and M3, continues behind M3 and meets his partner below couple 3 and facing the top of the set.
Meanwhile, W2 crosses over passing her partner to the left, continues behind M1, between M1 and M3, crosses over again but this time passing her partner to the R, in between W1 and W3, continues behind W3 and meets her partner below couple 3 and facing the top of the set. As couple 2 is passing behind couple 1, couple 1 takes a step up towards the top of the set.
Holding inside hands, couple 2 dances up the set between couples 3 and 1. At the top of the set, they drop the handhold, and M2 turns CCW, passing around M1 [ie cast off], and in between M1 and M3, while W2 passes CW around behind W1 and in between W1 and W3. Total 16 walking steps.
9-16   Couple 1, now the top couple, repeat all of (b).
17-24 (c) Couples 1 and 3 form closed circle, and dance CW once around, 8 walking steps (17-20). Couple 1 turns individually [towards partner]and switches to MR/WL hold, and form closed circle with couple 2, and dance CW once around, 8 walking steps (21-24).
17-24   Couples 1 and 2 take closed waist-shoulder hold [or polska hold], and dance CCW once around each other, 8 pivot steps (17-20)
Couple 2 finishes at the top of the set, facing partner on their own sides. Couple 1 continues down the set and dances 1-1/2 times CCW around with couple 3, couple 1 finishing at the bottom of the set. 8 pivot steps (21-24)
The dance resumes, with couples in the order 2-3-1. The initial couple 1 is now in couple 3's position, couple 2 in couple 1's position, and couple 3 in couple 2's position.
    The dance is done three times through, so that all 3 couples finish in their original places.
Note: can also be danced in 4-couple sets. When couple 1 has finished dancing pivot steps around couple 2 in part (c), couple 1 dances the last 8 pivot steps (21-24) down the centre of the set to the bottom, and does not dance pivot steps with couple 3. All couples take 1 step up towards the top of the set as couple 1 dances down.

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme Gamle danse fra Hardsyssel. 2 opl. København, 1998 pp. 42-45.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2017-01-22

See also video here or on YouTube.


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