Tre smaa sorte [trans.: Three little black ones]

Country: Thy, Denmark
Type: set dance.
Formation: 2 couples facing each other. M has W on his R side.
Steps: chassé, hopsa, run, walk
Music: 358:483, part I (Skjer i haver), II (Thetop), III (P Thomsens Kjede); (CDs) Kvasir Nye sko track 9, Lang Linken Kærlighedstræet track 11, PULS track 2.

    I Skjer i haver
1-8 1 (a) All form closed circle and dance CW, 4 chassé steps, and CCW, 4 chassé steps.
9-12 (b) Both W cross to opposite place, passing on the R, beginning with R foot and turning to the R. 2 chassé steps.
13-16 Both M cross to opposite place, passing on the L, beginning with L foot and turning to the L. 2 chassé steps.
17-24 (c) R-hand chain back to place, with 4 small chassé steps.
    May also be danced with sequences, danced with buzz steps:
Parts (b) and (c) 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) One-hand star, 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 5 (a) Two-hand star (front-basket), 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 6 (a) Back basket (M hands around women's waists, W hands on men's shoulders), 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 7 (a) Closed circle, 16 buzz steps.
|:1-8:| 8 (a) Finish with waltz hold, swing own partner on the spot, 16 buzz steps.
     
    II Thetop
1-8 1 (a) All form closed circle and dance CW, 16 running steps, and CCW, 16 running steps.
9-10 (b) Both W cross to opposite place, passing on the R, beginning with R foot and turning to the R. 2 small hopsa steps.
11-12 Both M cross to opposite place, passing on the L, beginning with L foot and turning to the L. 2 small hopsa steps.
13-14 Both W cross back to place, as above. 2 small hopsa steps.
15-16 Both M cross back to place, as above. 2 small hopsa steps.
9-16 (c) R-hand chain once round the set and back to place, 8 hopsa steps.
|:17-24:| (d) With waltz hold, the two couples dance hopsa twice round each other. 16 hopsa steps.
    May also be danced with sequences (see I above), danced with running steps.
Parts (b), (c) and (d) are the same in all sequences.
     
    III P Thomsens kjede
1-8 1 (a) All form closed circle and dance CW, 16 slow running steps, and CCW, 16 slow running steps.
|:9-16:| (b) Elbow-chain:
R elbow hook to own partner, turn once round CW, 4 small walking steps,
L elbow hook to corner, turn once round CCW, 4 small walking steps,
R elbow hook to own partner, turn once round CW, 4 small walking steps,
L elbow hook to corner, turn once round CCW, 4 small walking steps,
R elbow hook to own partner, turn once round CW, 4 small walking steps,
L elbow hook to corner, turn once round CCW, 4 small walking steps,
R elbow hook to own partner, turn twice round CW, 8 small walking steps.
    May also be danced with sequences (see I above), danced with slow running steps.
Part (b) is the same in all sequences.
     
    Notes:
  • commonly followed by Viborg-totur [for 2 couples]. A version for 4 couples is also available.
  • This version was collected in Thy in 1933, by W. Bøgh Christensen, office manager, and Svend Clemmensen, master carpenter, at the behest of Foreningen til Forlkedansens Fremme (F.F.F.). In the third and later editions of the F.F.F. pamphlet Gamle danse fra Mors og Thy, dance descriptions were revised and standardized with the collaboration of Arne Bech.
  • Tre smaa sorte is also known as De små sorte and even De tre små sorte, and the names of the individual dances which make up the suite differ slightly. Versions may also differ in how they are danced, and the music to which they are danced in different recordings.
  • A slightly different version, as it is commonly danced on Thy now, is available here: Skære havre, Tetop, Pe' Thomsens kæde, Viborg totur

Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Gamle danse fra Mors og Thy. 4th ed. København: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme, 1985, pp. 52-55.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2015-08-03, rev. 2018-01-18


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