Finnish bakmes

Country: Swedish-speaking parts of Finland
Type: couple dance
Formation: couples scattered about dance floor. Open waist-shoulder hold or waltz hold.
Steps: described below
Music: any good Finnish polkka

    Dance progression
    Introductory steps: brisk walking steps, in LOD to find a likely spot for the turning portion
    Turning steps:
bar:     1      2      3      4      5      6      7      8
Woman:  RLR     L ^   both   RLR     L ^   both   RLR     L ^
Man:    both   RLR     L ^   both   RLR     L ^   both   RLR
Note: turn is CCW on the spot. W dances forward, M backward.
Note 2: '^' denotes a small leap.

Source: taught to L Ruus by Bob Fraley, 1977
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1977
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-06-11


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