Snurrepisken, Tårs, Lolland-Falster

Country: Denmark
Formation: couples in an open circle. In sequences 5 thru 10, 2 couples dance together.
Steps: walk, buzz, run
Music: 358:166

:1-8: 1 (a) Big circle, 8 walking steps CW. Ditto CCW.
 9-12 (b) Pisken: Couples with arms crossed behind the back, 8 running steps in LOD.
13-16 Couples turn once round on the spot, M backwards and @ forwards, 8 running steps.
9-16 Repeat 1b.
    In sequences 1, 2, and 3, part (b) is danced as described above.
In sequences 4 through 9, part (b) ends with the front couple turning 1-1/2 times, so that they end facing the couple behind.
In sequences 5 through 10, part (b) begins with the front couple turning 1/2 turn, M forwards and W backwards.
    The following sequences are done with 16 buzz steps [in part (a)].
:1-8: 2 (a) Swing partner, waltz hold, 16 buzz steps CW.
:1-8: 3 (a) Couples with R-hand thunb hold, 16 buzz steps CW.
:1-8: 4 (a) Couples with two-hand hold. 16 buzz steps CW.
:1-8: 5 (a) Women 2 and 2, right thumb hold, 16 buzz steps CW.
:1-8: 6 (a) Men 2 and 2, right thumb hold. 16 buzz steps CW.
:1-8: 7 (a) Women 2 and 2, right thumb hold, 16 buzz steps CW.
:1-8: 8 (a) Men 2 and 2, right thumb hold, 16 buzz steps CW.
:1-8: 9 (a) Couples 2 and 2, right hand star, wrist hold, 16 buzz steps CW.
:1-8: 10 (a) Couples 2 and 2 circle with back basket hold. 16 buzz steps CW.
:1-8:   The dance finishes with all couples in a closed circle. 8 walking steps to the L, 8 walking steps to the R.

Note: The dance was originally described by Erik Jensen based on information provided by Mrs. Pouline Rasmussen and the tailor Jørgen Rasmussen, Tårs.
Erik Jensen noted that "It is part (b) in this dance that is called 'pisken' and it has sometimes been used as an 'after dance' at the end of another dance, and sometimes been 'glued' together with another dance for example 'Firtur med pisk', 'Mollevit med pisk' among others.

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Gamle danse fra Lolland-Falster. 2nd ed. København: Foreningen til Folkdansens Fremme, 1996, pp. 56-58
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2011-12-12


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