Hempu

Country: Savo, Finland
Type: 3-couple progressive set
Formation: 3 couple set, couple 1 faces couples 2, couple 3 stands behind couple 2, also facing couple 1. All couples with 'butterfly' hold (facing partner, 2-hand hold, arms stretched out at shoulder height).

               couple 1    2    3
                      X    O    O
                      O    X    X 
                      X    O    O
                      O    X    X 
                      X    O    O
                      O    X    X      (where X=male, O=female)
Steps: sidesteps
Music: see midi file

    Dance progression
1-2 a Laukkavastuu: Couples 1 and 2, 4 sidesteps towards each other.
3-4 Couples 1 and 2, 4 sidesteps back to place.
1-4 b Paikanvaihto: Couples 1 and 2 pass each other on the L, to opposite place, 8 sidesteps. Couple 1 is now the centre couple.
:5-8:   Couples 1 and 3 repeat (a) and (b). Couple 3 is now the centre couple.
:1-4:   Couples 3 and 2 repeat (a) and (b).
    Repeat as desired.
     
    Song text
     
    :Istupa kultani polvella,
et sinä paljon paina:
:Kun sinä istut yhden kerran,
niin sinä istut aina.:

Source: taught by Turun Kansantanssin Ystävät ry in Vancouver, April 1984; and by Matti Vanhapelto in Vancouver March 1988..
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. p. 373.
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1984-04.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-04-04


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