Jydsk på næsen

Country of origin: Hardsyssel & Horsens, Denmark
Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples in open circle. Common hold from west Jylland: M places his L hand over WR hand, with his thumb in her palm, and holds the two hands on his L hip. MR and WL hands as in waltz hold.
Steps: polonaise step, aka jydsk på næsen step, see below
Music: 3/4 time polonaise, ♩.=126

    Dance progression
    [The original contains no description of the promenade.]
    Description of the polonaise step
    Man's step: beginning facing in LOD, step L foot firmly forward, with a strong CW turn (1); R foot behind L, followed by a quick, almost non-existent step on the L foot (2); step forward with R foot (3). With these 3 steps dance one full turn CW, so as to be facing in the LOD again.
Woman's step: R foot slightly forward, followed immediately by L foot very quickly beside R (1); R foot firmly on the floor diagonally forward (2); step L foot forward (3).
    The turn continues with 1 polonaise step for each bar of music. Towards the end of the tune, it was common to increase the tempo. As the tempo increased, M often skipped over the little change step on the L foot.
    [PS: when being taught currently, the polonaise step is often described as 'walk plus chassé'. M starts with walk followed by a chassé step; W starts with chassé then walk]

Note Beat Man's step Woman's step
1 L R-L
2 R-(L) R
3 R L
1 L R-L
2 R-(L) R
3 R L

See YouTube video

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Gamle danse fra Hardsyssel. 2:e opl. København: Foreningen til Folkdansens Fremme, 1998, p. 17.
See also: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Hæfte II. 6:e opl. København: Foreningen til Folkdansens Fremme, 1995, p. 5.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2014-08-27, rev. 2018-01-18.

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