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
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.
    Can also be danced with sequences, danced with buzz steps:
|: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
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.
    Can also be danced with sequences (see I above), danced with running steps.
    III
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.
     
    Note: commonly followed by 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


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