Country: Stevning, Sønderjylland, Denmark
Type: couple dance
Formation: couples, facing partner. M has back to centre of circle, W faces into circle.
Steps: chassé, hop step, step-hop, polka
Music: 358:306; <http://spillefolk.dk/nodesamling/pdf/tu-tylettepolka.pdf>; (LP) Mikkelsen, Verner Village folk dances (Folk Fun 95861 V.M.) track 5; (CD) Gunner Friis Kalejdoskop GO0605 (2005)
|1-4||Both M and W hop [twice] on R foot, while swinging L foot in front of R (1).
Then hop [twice] on L foot, while swinging R foot in front of L (2).
Repeat the 2 hop steps (3-4).
|5-8||Both dance one chassé to the right (5), step on L foot crossed in front of R, while lifting both heels from the floor (6) [ie a chassé-croissé].
Repeat to the left (7-8).
|9-12||Holding R hands, couple dances half-way around CW, beginning with R foot (9).
Two hops, on both feet, first with L foot forward, then with R foot forward (10).
Repeat chassé and hops (11-12).
|13-16||Both dance one chassé to the right (13), step on L foot crossed in front of R, while lifting both heels from the floor (14) [ie a chassé-croissé].
Repeat to the left (15-16).
|17-24||Take waltz hold, and dance 8 turning polka steps turning CW and moving in LOD.|
|Repeat from the beginning as desired.|
Source note: The dance was originally documented by Andreas Otterstrøm around 1932. He originally called it "toilette polka", but the name was changed during editing to "Tylette polka". Music directory Niels Nielsen writes that on Als the dance was also called "Stevning polka". It can also be found in a program for Sønderborg Amts Folk Dancers' legestue at Sønderborg House on the 22nd of March, 1931, in which the dances are also described. Andreas Otterstrøm has also noted that the dance was often done with free hand on hip, but that this is not a hard and fast rule.
See also: Sørensen, Per Tylette polka og danseindsamling på Als. Dansens og musikkens rødder 41, n.d.
Source: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme (FFF)/Gamle sønderjyske danser. 2 udg. København: Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme, 2007, pp. 29-30.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2017-07-18.
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