Firetur, Vålse

Country: Falster, Denmark
Type: set dance
Formation: any number of couples in a closed circle. If more than 10 couples, M and W circles (sequences 4 through 9) are danced as several smaller circles.
Steps: buzz step, chassé, walk, waltz
Music: see Source

    Dance progression
|:1-8:| 1 (a) All dance 8 walking steps CW in large circle. Ditto CCW.
9-12 (b) M turn in to face partner, so they have backs to the centre of the circle, with W facing into circle.
All begin with L foot, dance 1 chassé and 2 walking steps to their left (M CCW and W CW), with a stamp on the second walking step.
13-16 All dance 1 chassé and 2 walking steps to their right (M CW and W CCW), finishing with a light stamp on the last walking step.
9-16 Repeat (b).
17-24 (c) Skubkæde: All take side-cross hold with partner, and walk in couples in LOD, 8 walking steps.
17-24 Without dropping handhold, M turns R and W turns L to face in RLOD, and dance CW in circle, 8 walking steps.
25-40 (d) All take waltz hold with partner, and dance turning waltz, in LOD. 16 waltz steps.
|:1-8:| 2 (a) Swing partner, waltz hold, CW on the spot, 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 3 (a) Swing partner, waltz hold, CW on the spot, 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 4 (a) Women's circle, CW on the spot, 16 buzz steps. At end of the skubkæde, M step in front of partner out into outer circle facing in.
|:1-8:| 5 (a) Men's circle, CW on the spot, 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 6 (a) Women's circle, CW on the spot, 16 buzz steps. At end of the skubkæde, M step in front of partner out into outer circle facing in.
|:1-8:| 7 (a) Men's circle, CW on the spot, 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 8 (a) Women's circle, CW on the spot, 16 buzz steps. At end of the skubkæde, M step in front of partner out into outer circle facing in.
|:1-8:| 9 (a) Men's circle, CW on the spot, 16 buzz steps.
    Parts (b), (c) and (d) are the same in all sequences.
|:1-8:|   Dance finishes with big closed circle, and 8 walking steps to L (CW) and 8 walking steps to R (CCW).

Note: documented by Erik Jensen based on a former stockman on Valnæs farm. In addition, Erik Jensen had a maternal uncle Rasmus, dairy manager in Vålse, who said he would speak with the blacksmith Jørgen Rasmussen, who also knew the dance: "But watch out, his wife blethers, so talk to the smith alone."

The music for Firetur fra Vålse in previous editions of "Gamle dance fra Lolland-Falster" is actually called 'Firtur med vals' and is by Hans Adrian. The tune that Erik Jensen submitted together with the dance description, is called Firetur, and was not originally used [in the publication] probably because it was missing a beat. Since we are of the opinion that this was a typographic error, we have permissed ourselves to carefully add the missing beat and use the tune. We have used Adrian's tune 'Firtur med vals' for the dance with that name, also by Hans Adrian.

Translator's note: normally danced as part of a set of dances and immediately following a totur and tretur such as totur fra Hanemose, and tretur fra Hanemose.

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Gamle danse fra Lolland-Falster. 2nd ed. 1996, p.48-50
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2015-09-09


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