Tolvtur, Thy

Country: Thy, Denmark
Type: set dance
Formation: sets of 2 couples, facing
Steps: buzz, trippetrin, pivot, walk
Music: 358:184, <http://spillefolk.dk/nodesamling/pdf/tu-tolvtur.pdf>

|:1-8:| 1 (a) The two couples form closed circle, and circle CW, 16 walking steps.
9-16 (b) All take 2-hand hold with partner and dance 1 trippetrin away from opposite couple (9-10), 1 trippetrin towards opposite couple (11-12), and repeat (13-16), as in totur fra Thy.
9-16   All take 2-hand hold with opposite M/W, and dance 1 trippetrin away from other couple (9-10), 1 trippetrin towards other couple (11-12), and repeat (13-16), as in totur fra Thy.
17-20 (c) Two-couple sets form closed circles, and circle half-way round, 4 walking steps.
21-24   Two-couple sets R-hand chain to first meeting with partner [half-chain], 4 walking steps.
17-20   Repeat closed circle, 4 walking steps.
21-24   Repeat R-hand chain [half-chain], 4 walking steps.
25-28 (d) All face partner, M and W make fists, held at chest level, one hand in front of the other. Rotate hands quickly around each other, inner hand up, out, down and in, and outer hand down, in, up and out, as in Skomagerrstykket. (R hand begins CW.)
29-32   Waltz hold with partner, turn on the spot, 4 buzz steps.
25-32   Repeat (1 d) with opposite M/W (ie corner).
33-36 (e) All still facing corner, stamp 3 times (L R L), followed by clapping own hands 3 times.
37-40   Waltz hold with corner, turn on the spot, 4 buzz steps.
37-40   Repeat (1 e) with own partner.
|:41-48:| (f) All take closed waist-shoulder hold with partner, and dance around the set, 16 pivot steps.
    Parts (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) are the same in all sequences.
|:1-8:| 2 (a) Waltz hold, swing partner on the spot, 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 3 (a) Waltz hold, swing partner on the spot, 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 4 (a) The two couples form R-hand star and circle CW. 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 5 (a) The two couples form two-hand star (front basket) and circle CW. 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 6 (a) The two couples form back basket (M arms around women's waists, W arms on men's shoulders) and circle CW. 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 7 (a) The two couples form closed circle, and circle CW. 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:|   The dance finishes with waltz hold, swing partner on the spot, 16 buzz steps.

Note: this is part of a sequence of dances that [in Thy, traditionally,] were always danced one after the other. The sequence consists of: totur, tretur, firetur, halvfemtetur, femtur, tolvtur, and Dronningens livstykke.

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Gamle danse fra Mors og Thy. 4th ed. København: Foreningen til Folkdansens Fremme, 1985, pp. 46-47.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2015-08-15


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