La-tem-pett (Stormen) - for 8 couples

Country: Bornholm, Denmark
Type: progressive longways set
Formation: two parallel rows of four (or more) couples in each, couples 1 and 5 with backs to the front, and all other couples facing front.

         couple 4 O X     O X 8
                3 X O     X O 7 
                2 O X     O X 6
                1 X O     X O 5            (where X=male, O=female)
                     front

Steps: chassé, side-steps, walk
Music: 358:409, LP: Larsen, Henning & Ann-Cathrin Hâum; driv jemm: folkmusik fra Bornholm Metronome MLP 15592, track 7.

1-4 (a) With a clap on (1:1) W1 and W2 change places, passing on the R, turning over R shoulder at opposite place. Simmultaneously, M1 and M2 (and M4 and M5) also change places, but passing on the L, and turning over L shoulder at opposite place, M crossing between the women. M take first step straight forward, and then pass between the two W. 4 chassé steps.
Meanwhile, couples 3 and 4, 5 and 6, and 7 and 8, do the same.
5-8   Repeat (a) to return to place.
9-12 (b) All couples take 2-hand hold with partner (M have backs to front), and the rows change places with each other, passing CW but with no turns. Ie couple 1 changes place with couple 4, couple 2 with couple 5, etc. 8 small sidesteps.
13-16   Couples repeat (b), again passing CW around opposite couple, to return to place.
17-24 (c) Couples 2 with 6, and 3 with 7 (ie the middle couples) take R-hand star between the rows, and dance 8 chassé steps turning CW between the rows (2 in, 4 around, 2 to return to place).
                  X  O
                   \/
                   /\
                  X  O                   (where X=male, O=female)

Meanwhile, couples 1, 5, 4, and 8 (ie the outside couples) take L-hand hold with partner and dance CCW 2 full turns on the spot. 8 chassé steps.
All couples finish in place.
25-26 (d) Couples 1 and 2 (and couples 3 and 4, 5 and 6, and 7 and 8) advance 4 small walking steps, finishing with a brief courtesy to opposite.
27-28   Couples 1 and 2 (and couples 3 and 4, 5 and 6, and 7 and 8) retire 4 small walking steps to place.
27-28   All couples again advance. Couples 2, 4, 6 and 8 make arches and couples 1, 3, 5, and 7 pass under the arches. Couples 1, 4, 5, and 8 advance 4 walking steps and stop, while couples 2, 3, 6, and 7 dance 4 walking steps and turn one-half turn CCW on the spot, 4 walking steps.
    When the dance begins again, couples 1, 4, 5 and 8 dance part (a).
All couples dance parts (b) and (c), but only the centre couples dance part (d), finishing with 4 walking steps but no turn.
NB: It is always the couples dancing towards the front that make the arch.
    Repeat from (a) as desired.

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Gamle danse fra Bornholm. 2nd ed. 1982, pp. 29, 31-32.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-04-17.


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