Hamborg sekstur/polka sekstur

Country: Himmerland, Nord og Østjylland, & Randers, Denmark
Type: mixer
Formation: any number of couples in closed circle.
Steps: slip step, 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.
Recordings: De Nordiske Spillemænd Vårvinde track A2; De Ullbjerg Spillemænd track B1; Fynbokvartetten Folkedans for begyndere track A6; Hedebo Spillemændene track B1; Holstebro Folkedanserforening Folkedans med Arne Bech track 03; Jacobsen, Finn & Peter Hougaard Kom! Lad os danse track 14; Lang Linken Liv track 03; Lang Linken on YouTube; Pelimannikilta Seuratansseja track 08; Ramsø Spillemandslaug Favoritter track 11; Spillemandsgruppen Landstrygerne Dansk og Svensk spillemandsmusik track B3; Spillemandslauget Tramp Opkald track A2; Spillemændene fra Himmerland track B6; Spillemændene Evald og Hardy Thomsen Stegt flæsk og kartofler track 04; Spælimenninir Flod og fjøra track 01; Sving egen cd 1 track 17; Thy Spillemandslaug track 11; Thy Spillemandslaug Thetop track B3; Trunderup Spillemændene Dansk spillemandsmusik 2 track 14.

1-8 (a) All circle CW with 16 slip steps.
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 slip steps. 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.


Source:

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. 2021-01-07


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