Fannikedans


Country of origin: Nordby, Fanø, Denmark
Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples in open circle. W has L arm around partner's waist. M has partner's R hand in own L, and R arm around partner's waist.
Steps: CCW turn (see below) and sønderhoning step
Music: of the circa 25 known fannike tunes, all but one are in 2/4 time, the exception being "En pige vandred udi en have" which is in 3/4-time Notes and recordings of several fannikedans tunes are available at Folkets Hus Spillefolk's web site.

   
  Dance progression
1-7 CCW turn: The couple turns CCW [on the spot] with 14 running steps. Each time M moves R food, he whips L a little out sideways, and replaces it beside R foot. W runs forwards around him with longer steps.
8 M drops hold with R hand, and W with L hand, so that they swing away from each other, as M steps slightly back on R foot and closes L, while W steps back on R foot and forwards on L, after which they take sønderhoning hold.
|:9-16:| CW turn, Sønderhoning: and turn with 10 sønderhoning steps.
   
The number of steps in the fannike CCW turn, and in the sønderhoning CW turn, depends on the number of bars in the music, which can vary.
When it was originally documented between 1911-1916, partly by J. Egedal, fannikedans was danced by the inhabitants of Nordby (Northern village) on the island of Fanø, while sønderhoning was danced by the inhabitants of the village of Sønderho on the same island. Since about 1900, fannikedans has also been dansed in the village of Sønderho, normally played at a faster tempo than sønderhoning. Fannikedans is now danced more commonly as part of a suite consisting of two or more sønderhoning, one fannikedans and one rask (fast) sønderhoning.

See video.


Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Hæfte III. 5:e opl. København: Foreningen til Folkdansens Fremme, 1983, p. 8.
See also: Skov, Ole "Lidt omn indsamlingen af Sønderhoning og Fannikedans 1. del & 2. del" in Dansens og musikkens rødder 46-47, n.d.
and: Bæk, John. Polskdans som levende tradition i 1900-tallets Danmark? -- musik og dans fra Fanø. n.d.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2014-08-29.


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