Potkumasurkka

Country: Finland
Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples, M with backs to centre, W facing centre
Hold: open waist-shoulder hold or waltz hold, skewed to face in LOD
Steps: potkumasurkka, polkkamasurkka
Note: 'potkumasurkka' is both the Finnish name for a step used in the dance, as well as the name of the dance.
Music: any (3/4-time) mazurka

    Dance progression
1-3 (a) Beginning with ML/WR foot, dance 3 potkumasurkka steps forward in LOD.
4   M swings partner in a half-circle CCW to his L side. W dance 3 quick running steps, M ditto on the spot.
1-4   Repeat (a) with opposite footwork.
|:5-8:| (b) With normal waltz hold, dance 8 polkkamasurkka steps, turning CW (or CCW or both alternatingly), moving in LOD.
    Repeat from (a) as desired.

Taught to L Ruus by Turun Kansantanssin Ystävät ry in Vancouver, April 1984.
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1984-04.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-06-16, rev. 2013-01-20.
See alternate description by Skandia Music Foundation


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