Hylkeenhyppely/Själaskuttan

Country: Kimito, Finland
Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples in a double queue, one behind the other. Holding inside hands, free hand on hip. Couple 1 is furthest from the front, all couples face away from the front.
Hold: holding inside hands
Steps:


Music: (LP) Suomen Nuorison Liitto track A6; see also midi file

    Dance progression
1-3 1 (a) Beginning with ML/WR foot, 3 potkumazurka steps forward.
4   Step forward with ML/WR, hop onto both feet with lightly bent knees, and turning towards partner.
5-8   Repeat (a), but turning away from partner on bar 8.
9 (b) Starting with ML/WR foot, 1 potkumazurka step forward.
10   Step forward with ML/WR, hop onto both feet with lightly bent knees, and turning towards partner.
11-12   Repeat (b), but turning away from partner on bar 8.
13-16   Repeat (a),
1-16   Repeat 1 (a) and 1 (b),
During above, line moves in LOD and progress towards the front. During the last 4 measures, M and W move away from each other to form two straight lines about 4 steps apart, facing each other and perpendicular to the front. No bent knees during the last bars.
1 2 (a) All lift arms to shoulder height, elbows bent and out to the sides and forearms forming a straight line across chest. Hands, back to back, hang limply infront of chest, like the flippers of a seal (?). This position is maintained throughout this sequence.
Dance 3 glide steps towards partner.
2   M hook joined hands ('flippers') under those of partner, maintaining above hold, and couples dance one full turn CW on the spot with 3 glide steps.
3   All drop hold with partner, and dance 3 glide steps backwards to place.
4   Mark time on the spot, 'bobbing' up and down with each beat.
5-8   Repeat 2 (a).
9-10 (b) Dance 4 glide steps towards partner. Turn half-way round (M turning CCW, W turning CW) with a hop onto both feet (10:3), to finish back-to-back with partner.
11-12   Mark time on the spot for 4 beats. Turn half-way round (M turning CW, W turning CCW) with a hop onto both feet (12:3), to finish face-to-face with partner.
13-14   Hook 'flippers' with partner as in bar 2 above, and dance one full turn CW on the spot, 6 glide steps.
15-16   Drop handhold with partner, and dance 3 glide steps backwards to place, marking time on the spot for the remaining beats of the 16th bar.
1-16   Repeat 2 (a) and 2 (b).
    Note: if many couples are dancing, this can be danced in a large circle. Part 1 is danced moving in the LOD, and in part 2, M form an inner circle facing out, and W an outer circle facing in.

Source: taught by Martti Vanhapelto, Vancouver, 1987-02-07.
Printed source: 45 folkdanser utgivna av Brage. Helsingfors: Brages Förlag, 1949 pp. 19-21.
This is somewhat different from the version in: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. pp. 73-74.
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1987-02-07.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-06-19, rev. 2014-02-02


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