Rheinlænder polka/Fynbo

Country of origin: Denmark
Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples in open circle. Beginning hold may be either holding inside hands, open waist-shoulder hold, or waltz hold, facing in LOD.
Steps: chassé, polka, walk
Music: any Danish rheinlænder, polka, or fynbo, ie in 2/4-time.

    Dance progression
  1 Beginning with ML/WR foot (ie outside foot) dance 1 chassé step in LOD. Ie, M dances L (1:1), R (1:2), L (1:3), svikt (1:4) while W dances R (1:1), L (1:2), R (1:3), svikt (1:4).
  2 Couple dances 2 walking steps in LOD (stepping on 2:1 and 2:3). On last beats, couple turns towards partner to face in RLOD, holding 'new' inside hands.
  3-4 Repeat above with opposite footwork, moving in RLOD. On last beat, couple turns to face in LOD.
    Couple turn
  5-8 Take waltz hold with partner, and dance four polka steps, turning CW or CCW and moving in LOD.
  1-8 Repeat from beginning as desired.
    Note: Characteristic for the Danish rheinlænder polka, also called simply 'rheinlænder' or 'polka' or 'fynbo' is progression, during the promenade portion, in the LOD for two bars, followed by progression in the RLOD for two bars. The couple turn usually moves in the LOD. Within that basic structure, there are a vast number of variations possible.
The basic form described here is identical to the Norwegian Wienerkryss frå Hardancer

See YouTube videos: basic rheinlænder polka, other variations

Description: Laine Ruus, Oakville 2012-11-14, rev. 2020-03-19

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