Hamborg sekstur/polka sekstur

Country: Himmerland, Nord og Østjylland, & Randers, Denmark
Type: mixer
Formation: any number of couples in closed circle.
Steps: sidestep, polka, chassé or walk. Walking steps are small, light and quick, almost running.
Music: 358:255 (hamborg sekstur), 358:141 (polka sekstur); sheet music: hamborg sekstur, Randers, polka sekstur, Himmerland.
      Note: in Randers hamborg sekstur is played with ♩=116, in Nord og Østjylland and Himmerland with ♩=120.

1-8 (a) All circle CW with 16 sidesteps.
In Himmerland and Randers, part (a) is danced with side-steps. In Nord & Østjylland with light, quick walking steps.
If there are several circles nested within each other, circles dance in opposite directions.
1-8   All circle CCW with 16 sidesteps. Stamp with R foot when the circle turns.
|:9-16:| (b) All dance R-hand chain, beginning with own partner. 16 chassé or 32 walking steps.
In Nord & Østjylland, M begins with L foot, W with R foot. And normally one stops at the 15th dancer, with whom one is taking R hand in R.
|:17-24:| (c) All take waltz hold and dance polka, moving in LOD. 16 polka steps.
    Repeat from (a) as desired.


See also: an article by Leif Varmark in Dagbladet Information, 15.7.1977 which maintains it is gammeldans (old time dance) tradition in Himmerland that hamborg sekstur and polka sekstur are always played one after the other in that order. [in Danish].

Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-02-21, rev. 2018-11-09

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