Country: Solf, Finland
Type: set dance
Formation: square set of 4 couples. Head couples: couple 1 has backs to music, and couple 3 faces couple 1. Side couples: couple 2 stands to couple 1's R, and couple 4 stands to the L of couple 1.
figure 1: front couple 1 O X 2 X O O X 4 X O (where X=male, O=female) 3
|1-4||1 (a)||Promenade: Head couples turn 1/4 turn to the L, and starting with L foot, walk 8 walking steps towards respective side couples, finishing in line with side couple.
figure 2: front couple X 1 O 2 X O 4 O X 3 O X
|5-8||Head couples turn, M to the R and W to the L (ie towards partner), take new inside hands, and dance 8 walking steps to the opposite side.
figure 3: front couple 1 X O 2 X O 4 O X O 3 X
|1-8||Head couples again turn towards each otherr and repeat (1 a), finishing in position illustrated in figure 3 above. 16 walaking steps.|
||:9-16:|||(b)||Polska: head couples form R-hand star, with thumb hold, in the centre of the set, holding the elbow of the person in front from underneath with L hand. Dance 16 buzz steps turning CW (9-16). Finish with stamps and yells on the final bar.
All turn to the R, take L-hand star in the same way, and dance 16 buzz steps turning CCW (9-16). Finish in original places.
||:1-8:|||2 (a)||Side couples repeat (1 a).|
||:9-16:|||(b)||Side couples repeat (1 b).|
||:1-4:|||3 (a)||Trinddans: All take front basket hold (L arm under, R arm over), and dance 12 walking steps CW , beginning with R foot. The leader signals with 2 stamps on the last 2 beats of bar 4 (ie 4:3 and 4:4). All dance 12 buzz steps, CW (1-4).|
||:5-8:|||(b)||All turn to the R, with 3 jumps on both feet and 3 simultaneous claps (5), and take reverse front basket hold (L arm over, R arm under).
All walk CCW 9 walking steps, beginning with R foot (6-8). Again the leader signals with 2 stamps on the last 2 beats (8:3 and 8:4). All dance 12 reverse buzz steps moving CCW.
||:1-4:||:5-8:|||All repeat (3 a) and (3 b).
Note that this time the walking steps CW begin with the L foot, and walking steps CCW with R foot.
Source: Finlands Svenska Folkdansring r.f. Instruktionshäfte 1: 10 finlandssvenska folkdanser. 2:a uppl. Helsingfors, 1974. pp. 24-25.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2014-01-26
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