Halvfemtetur, Thy

Country: Thy, Denmark
Type: set dance
Formation: sets of 2 couple, one facing in LOD, the other in RLOD, such that all sets form one large circle
Steps: buzz, trippetrin, run, waltz
Music: 358:187, <http://spillefolk.dk/nodesamling/pdf/tu-halvfemteturthy.pdf>

1-8 1 (a) M place R arm around partner's waist, and with L hand hold opposite W's R hand. W place L arm around partner's waist and take opposite M's L hand in own R. With this hold, all sets move, without turning, 16 running steps in LOD, followed by 16 moving in RLOD.
9   All curtsey/bow to partner.
10   All curtsey/bow to opposite.
|:11-18:| (b) All take waltz hold with partner, and turn on the spot with 16 buzz steps.
19-26 (c) All take 2-hand hold with partner and dance 1 trippetrin away from opposite couple (19-20), 1 trippetrin towards opposite couple (21-22), and repeat (23-26), as in totur fra Thy.
19-26   All take 2-hand hold with opposite M/W, and dance 1 trippetrin away from other couple (19-20), 1 trippetrin towards other couple (21-22), and repeat (23-26), as in totur fra Thy.
|:27-34:| (d) Waltz hold, the two couples waltz 16 waltz steps around the room, moving in LOD, but keeping pace with each other so that they again form a two-couple set at the beginning of the next sequence.
    Parts (b), (c), and (d) are the same in all sequences.
1-8 2 (a) The two couples form an R-hand star. 16 running steps CW, followed by an L-hand star, turning 16 running steps CCW.
1-8 3 (a) The two couples form a two-hand star (front basket). 16 running steps CW, followed by 16 running steps CCW.
1-8 4 (a) Circle. 16 running steps CW, followed by 16 running steps CCW.
    The dance finishes with (4 d), but can also be danced with sequences as in totur fra Thy.

Note: this is part of a sequence of dances that [in Thy, traditionally,] were always danced one after the other. The sequence consists of: totur, tretur, firetur, halvfemtetur, femtur, tolvtur, and Dronningens livstykke.

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Gamle danse fra Mors og Thy. 4th ed. København: Foreningen til Folkdansens Fremme, 1985, pp. 42-43
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2015-08-15


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