Kontra med mollevit

Country: Ærø, Denmark
Type: set dance
Formation: 4 couple quadrille. Head couples (couples 1 and 2) respectively have their backs to or face the music. Side couples: couple 3 stands on the side to the right of couple 1, and couple 4 faces couple 3. W stands to R of M.
Steps: hopsa, mollevit, ærøtrin
Music: 358:116, <http://spillefolk.dk/nodesamling/pdf/tu-kontramollevit.pdf>

Bars Sequence Dance progression
|:1-8:| 1 (a) All circle CW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8), and CCW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8).
9-12 (b) All take two-hand hold with partner (hands at chest level), and step lightly on the spot (M: L R L R; W: R L R L), while swinging joined hands twice towards and away from centre,
13   All clap once with own hands, and turn, M to L on L foot and W to R on R foot [ie into set].
14   All take a step toward corner, M with R and W with L foot.
15-16   All take waltz hold with corner, and turn once round CW on the spot with 2 hopsa steps.
9-16   Repeat (b) to return to partner, beginning swinging hands and stepping away from centre, and M now turning R and W turning L [ie into the set], to turn with own partner.
17-24 (c) All couples holding inside hands (MR/WL), dance CCW half way around the set, 4 mollevit steps. On the 4th step, both turn completely around CCW, M dancing the 4th step mainly on the spot, while W dances up to M's L side. Finnish holding 'new' inside hands (RL/WR).
17-24   All continue CCW around the set to original place, 4 mollevit steps. On the 8th step, W again dances back to M's R side, turning one full turn CW, while M dances the last step on the spot, and switching to original inside hands (MR/WL).
|:25-32:| (d) Couple 1 with couple 3, and couple 2 with couple 4, dance a half-mollevit [essentially a half-chain without taking hands]:
All dance 1 forward mollevit step across the two-couple set, passing opposite on the L, and turned towards them in passing (25-26).
All dance 1 mollevit turn step, finishing across from and L side to L side with opposite (27-28).
All dance 1 mollevit step on the spot (29-30).
All dance 1 backward mollevit step, out to other couple's original place (31-32).
Repeat to return to original place (25-32).
    Parts (b), (c), and (d) are the same in all sequences.
|:1-8:| 2 (a) Couples take R-hand hold and circle CW on the spot, 8 ærøtrin (1-8), followed by L-hand hold and circle CCW on the spot, 8 ærøtrin (1-8).
|:1-8:| 3 (a) Couples take two-hand hold and circle CW on the spot, 8 ærøtrin (1-8), then circle CCW on the spot, 8 ærøtrin (1-8).
|:1-8:| 4 (a) Couples take crossed two-hand hold and circle CW on the spot, 8 ærøtrin (1-8), then circle CCW on the spot, 8 ærøtrin (1-8).
|:1-8:| 5 (a) Damerne 'halter': All women take R-hand star and circle CW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8), then with L-hand star circle CCW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8).
|:1-8:| 6 (a) Herrerne 'halter': All men take R-hand star and circle CW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8), then with L-hand star circle CCW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8).
|:1-8:| 7 (a) Damerne 'helter': All W form closed circle and circle CW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8), then CCW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8).
|:1-8:| 8 (a) Herrerne 'helter': All M form closed circle and circle CW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8), then CCW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8).
|:1-8:| 9 (a) All form closed circle and circle CW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8), then CCW, 8 ærøtrin (1-8).

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/ Gamle danse fra Fyn og Øerne. 4 opl. København; Foreningen til Folkdansens Fremme, 1984, pp. 64-66.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville ON, 2015-09-09.


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