Hienohelma

Country: Savo and Etelä-Karjala, Finland
Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples in an open circle, polkka hold (like waltz hold, but M has joined hands on own L hip), M back to centre of circle, W facing.
Steps: polkka
Music: (LP) Satakuntalainen purppuri track A8, or any Finnish polkka

    Dance progression
1-4 1 (a) Tytöt pyörivät Couples dance 4 polkka steps, turning CW, and moving in LOD.
5-8   W place fists on hips, and turns CW infront of M, moving in LOD, 2 full turns with 4 polkka steps. Meanwhile, M folds arms on chest and follows partner, dancing forward with 4 polkka steps.
9-12 (b) Pojat pyörivät Couples take polkka hold and dance 4 polkka steps, turning CW, and moving in LOD.
13-16   M folds arms on chest, and turns CW infront of W, moving in LOD, 2 full turns with 4 polkka steps. Meanwhile, W has fists on hips and follows partner, dancing forward with 4 polkka steps.
On the last polkka step, W moves around M's left side and infront of him over to his R side to take varsouvienne (allemande) hold.
1-4 2 (a) Tytöt pyörivät Couple dances 4 polkka steps moving forward in LOD.
5-8   W place fists on hips, and turns CW infront of M, moving in LOD, 2 full turns with 4 polkka steps. Meanwhile, M folds arms on chest and follows partner, dancing forward with 4 polkka steps.
On the last polkka step, M moves around W's left side and infront of her over to her R side to take varsouvienne (allemande) hold.
9-12 (b) Pojat pyörivät Couple dances 4 polkka steps moving forward in LOD.
13-16   M folds arms on chest, and turns CW infront of W, moving in LOD, 2 full turns with 4 polkka steps. Meanwhile, W has fists on hips and follows partner, dancing forward with 4 polkka steps.
    Repeat from 1 (a) as desired.

Source: learned by L. Ruus sometime in the 1960s in Vancouver.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. pp. 71-72.
Also in: Svenska Ungdomsringen för bygdekultur. Beskrivning av gillesdanser i Norden. s.l.: Svenska Ungdomsringen för bygdekultur, 1970. pp. 79-80.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-06-13, rev. 2014-02-02.


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