Kontra mollevet

Country: Bornholm, 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: hopsabalancé, menuet (R forward (1), close L to R (2), L forward (3), R forward (4), L forward (5), close R to L (6)), walk, waltz
Music: 358:414

Bars Sequence Dance progression
|:1-8:| 1 (a) All circle CW, 8 walking steps with 'svikt' [ie lift] (1-8), and CCW, 8 walking steps with 'svikt' (1-8).
9-12 (b) All turn to face partner, and dance 4 small hopsabalancé steps, beginning towards the centre of the circle (ie ML/WR).
13   All clap, 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, M now turning R and W turning L [ie into the set].
17-18 (c) Couples 1 and 2, holding inside hands, advance with 1 menuet step towards each other.
19-20   and retire with 1 menuet step backwards to place.
21-24   Maintaining handhold with partner, W1 and W2, turning to their L [ie CCW], turn under partner's arm with 2 menuet steps. M meanwhile dances the 2 menuet steps on the spot, turned towards partner. Finish with a small curtsey/bow to partner.
25-32   Couples 3 and 4 repeat (1 c).
|:33-40:| (d) All dance R-hand chain round the set, 16 waltz steps.
|:41-48:| (e) All couples take waltz hold, and dance turning waltz CCW around the set, 16 waltz steps.
    Parts (b), (c), (d), and (e) are the same in all sequences.
|:1-8:| 2 (a) Couples take R-hand hold and circle CW on the spot, 16 walking steps (1-8), followed by L-hand hold and circle CCW on the spot, 16 walking steps (1-8).
|:1-8:| 3 (a) Couples take two-hand hold and circle CW on the spot, 16 walking steps (1-8), then circle CCW on the spot, 16 walking steps (1-8).
|:1-8:| 4 (a) All women take R-hand star and circle CW, 16 walking steps (1-8), then with L-hand star circle CCW, 16 walking steps (1-8).
|:1-8:| 5 (a) All men take R-hand star and circle CW, 16 walking steps (1-8), then with L-hand star circle CCW, 16 walking steps (1-8).
|:1-8:| 6 (a) Gåsegang: all form single circle [ie open circle] and circle CW while clapping own hands, 16 walking steps (1-8), turn and circle CCW, again clapping own hands, 16 walking steps (1-8).

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/ Gamle danse fra Bornholm. 2nd ed. København; Foreningen til Folkdansens Fremme, 1982, pp. 38-40.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville ON, 2015-08-07.


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