Fandango, Odsherred

Country: Odsherred, Denmark
Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples in an open circle. Holding inside hands.
Steps: chassé, pas de bas, polka, walk
Music: 358:277; (CD) Skævingekvartetten Gamle danse fra Sjælland I; ♩=112

    Dance progression
1-4 (a) Couples dance 3 chassées followed by 2 walking steps forward in LOD, beginning with outside (ML/WR) foot. Joined arms moving slightly forward and back as in tyrolerwaltz.
5-8   Couples turn individually, [towards partner] (M to the R and W to the L), and repeat 3 chassées and 2 walking steps in RLOD. Finish facing parter, with M's back to the center of the dance floor.
9-12   All dance 1 chassé to the L (beginning with L foot), 2 walking steps, and 2 pas de bas, to R then L.
13-16   All dance 1 chassé to the R (beginning with R foot), 2 walking steps, and 2 pas de bas, to L then R. Finish in waltz hold with partner.
17-18 (b) All touch ML/WR heel in the floor forward (17:1), pause (17:2), then close toe to other foot (18:1), pause (18:2), and
19   dance one polka step, turning CCW,
20   and quickly touch heel of MR/WL foot in the ground forwards (20:1), and close toe to the other foot (20:2)
21-23   All dance 3 polka steps turning CW (M begins with R foot, W with L foot), and finish facing LOD.
24   All dance 2 walking steps forward in LOD (M begins with L foot, W with R foot).
17-24   Repeat from (b).
    Repeat from (a) as long as the musicians are willing to play.
    [While this is called a fandango, it is not a fandango type. Fandangos are normally progressive longways set dances, with a 'Christmas tree' element']

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme Gamle danse fra Sjælland. 4 oplag. København: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme, 1998. pp. 5-6
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2014-09-06

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