Otte mands dans

Country: Denmark
Formation: 4 couple quadrille, numbering clockwise from the top of the set: couple 1 with backs to the music, couple 2 facing couple 1, couple 3 on the side to the right of couple 1, couple 4 facing couple 3.
Music: 358:272, A. P.s ottemandsdans by Evald Thomsen. Normally played with increasing tempo.
Steps: buzzstep, walk

:1-4: 1 a Couples make a closed circle (W-hold), and dance 16 buzzsteps once around the circle CW.
:5-12: 1 b Couples 1 and 2, with 8 walking steps, do half-8s around couples 4 and 3 respectively, ie the couple to their left: M1 passes behind the woman to his left (W4) and through couple 4, as W1 goes infront of W4 and passes through couple 4 - the woman goes through first. M1 and W1 continue on to the opposide side of the set, M1 passing infront of M4, and W1 passing behind M4. Couples 3 and 4 open to allow couples 1 and 2 to pass through, W diagonnally forward and to the right, M diagonally forward and to the left. 8 walking steps. At the same time, couple 2 does the same through couple 3.

Couples 1 and 2 take waltz or polska hold, and do 8 buzzsteps on the spot.

Repeat back to place, this time couple 1 dancing around/through couple 3, and couple 2 around/through couple 4, with couples 3 and 4 again opening. 8 walking steps, and 8 buzzsteps.

:13-20: Couples 3 and 4 repeat, dancing through/around couples 1 and 2 respectively (ie the couple to their left), which open as above.
:1-4: 2 a Women's right hand star, 16 buzzsteps, CW.
:5-12: :13-20: 2 b Repeat 1 b.
:1-4: 3 a Men's right hand star, 16 buzzsteps, CW.
:5-12: :13-20: 3 b Repeat 1 b.
:1-4: 4 a Women's front basket, 16 buzzsteps, CW.
:5-12: :13-20: 4 b Repeat 1 b.
:1-4: 5 a Men's front basket, 16 buzzsteps, CW.
:5-12: :13-20: 5 b Repeat 1 b.
:1-4: 6 a Women's back basket, 16 buzzsteps, CW.
:5-12: :13-20: 6 b Repeat 1 b.
:1-4: 7 a Men's back basket, 16 buzzsteps, CW.
:5-12: :13-20: 7 b Repeat 1 b.
:1-4: 8 a All 4 couples back basket, 16 buzzsteps, CW.
:5-12: :13-20: 8 b Repeat 1 b.
:1-4: 9 a All 4 couples take waltz hold, and dance 16 buzzsteps CW on the spot (ie swing partner).

Source: <http://spillefolk.dk/Folkedans/VisDans.php?ID=1>
Translation: Laine G.M. Ruus, Oakville, 2011-05-03, rev. 2011-10-28


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