Kaheksu

Country: Itä-Karjala, Finland
Type: longways set
Formation: 2 M & 6 W or vice versa, in 2 lines facing. Line A to R as seen from the front, line B to L.

       B-line    Mb  Wb1 Wb2 Wb3
                                      front
       A-line    Wa3 Wa2 Wa1 Ma

Hold: holding hands at shoulder height in lines. M have free hand on hip, W have free hand holding skirt.
Steps: kick step, ripaska, side-step, step-hop, walk
Music: sheet music; CD Kutinaa Kengissä Tanhut yli 10-vuotisa(a) track 5 (played 11x).

    Dance progression
|:1-4:| 1 (a) Paikanvaihto kaartaen: lines A and B change places, line B moving in a U-shape to their R, line A moving in a U-shape to their L. Line B moves inside line A. 8 side-steps.
|:5-8:|   (b) Varvashyppely: M place fists on hips, W hold skirts, and all dance 16 kick-steps on the spot, beginning kicking L foot.
|:1-4:| 2 (a) Läpikäyden paikanvaihto: with a clap on the first beat, lines A and B change places, 8 walking steps to opposite place, passing on the R.
Repeat to return to place.
|:5-8:|   (b) Varvashyppely: all dance 16 kick-steps on the spot, beginning kicking L foot.
|:1-4:| 3 (a) Paripyörintä kynnärkoukuss(a): with a clap on the first beat, lines A and B advance 4 walking steps (1-2), take R elbow hook with opposite (L arm is held up in a curve) and turn CW 4 walking steps (3-4).
Clap again on 1st beat, take L elbow hook with opposite, and dance 8 walking steps CCW with opposite and retire to place (1-4).
|:5-8:|   (b) Varvashyppely: all dance 16 kick-steps on the spot, beginning kicking L foot.
|:1-4:| 4 (a) Portit riveittäin: holding hands in 2 lines facing, all advance, line A forms arches, with line B passing on R through to opposite place (1-4). 8 walking steps.
All turn CCW [over L shoulder] to face into set, and repeat to place, with line B forming arches and line A passing through (1-4). 8 walking steps.
|:5-8:|   (b) Varvashyppely: all dance 16 kick-steps on the spot, beginning kicking L foot.
|:1-4:| 5 (a) Tyttöjen portit: W in A-line, holding hands, advance 4 walking steps (1-2), perpendicular to B-line, ie facing front, and Wa3 closest to B-line (ie facing M on opposite side).
Wa3 and Wa2 make an arch, Wa1 passes through the arch CW, Wa2 turning CW on the spot (3-4). 4 walking steps.
Wa1 and Wa2 make an arch, Wa3 passes through the arch CW, Wa2 turning CW on the spot (1-2). 4 walking steps.
W in A-line retire to place (3-4), 4 walking steps.
Meanwhile, non-active dancers klap. M may dance ripaska steps on the spot.
|:5-8:|   (b) W in B-line repeat (5 a), beginning with Wa3 and Wa2 going through arch made by Wa2 and Wa1.
Meanwhile, non-active dancers klap. M may dance ripaska steps on the spot.
|:1-4:| 6 (a) Poikien paripyörintä ja tyttöjen piiri: with a clap on the first beat, both M advance (1-2), take R-hand thumbhold, and circle CW (3-4). 4 walking steps.
Clap again on 1st beat, take L-hand thumbhold, and circle CCW (1-4), 8 walking steps. Meanwhile all W clap.
|:5-8:|   (b) M continue turning CCW in centre. Meanwhile all W form closed circle around the M and circle CW. 16 walking steps.
|:1-4:|   (c) All drop hands, W turn to dance walking steps CCW, circling around back to place, M 'helping' each passing W on her way with a hand on the small of her back on every second beat - W respond with "iiiii". On last beats, all retire to place. Total 16 walking steps.
|:5-8:|   (d) Varvashyppely: all dance 16 kick-steps on the spot, beginning kicking L foot.
|:1-4:||:5-8:| 7   Tyttöjen kättely: all W dance R-hand chain. Begin with Wa1 and Wb1 giving R hand, then Wb1 gives L hand to Wa2 while Wa1 gives L hand to Wb2, etc. until all W have danced through a large S-shape and back to place. The cross-over between the two lines of women occurs in the centre of the set, between the original positions of Wa1 and Wb1. At the ends of the S-shape, R-hand is given twice. 32 walking steps.
During the chain, M clap and dance ripaska.
Finish in place.
|:1-4:| 8 (a) Piiri: Both lines hold hands. Line A advances to line B, with 4 walking steps (1-2) with a stamp on the 1st beat. Lines A and B form closed circle. Line A backs up, pulling Line B with it, into Centre (3-4). 4 walking steps.
All circle CW 8 walking steps (1-4), with a stamp on every 2nd beat.
|:5-8:|   (b) All continue circling CW 16 walking steps, with a stamp on every 4th step.
|:1-4:|   (c) All turn to circle CCW 16 walking steps, with a stamp on every 4th step, and retire to place (ie reform lines).
|:5-8:|   (d) Varvashyppely: all dance 16 kick-steps on the spot, beginning kicking L foot.
|:1-4:| 9 (a) Loppumarssi: both lines advance 4 walking steps, with stamp on 1st beat, turn to face front, and take inside hands with vis-á-vis (1-2).
All dance 4 walking steps towards the front (3-4), beginning with stamp, followed by 8 walking steps away from the front (1-4), stamp on 1st and 5th steps.
|:5-8:|   (b) Again 4 walking steps towards the front (5-6), each pair of dancers in turn crossing over on reaching the front (ie every 4 walking steps; person from A-line in front, person from B-line behind) and circling back to original places (7-8, 5-8). 12 walking steps.

Brief
Bars Sequence Figure - Finnish Summary - English
|:1-4:| 1 (a) Paikanvaihto kaartaen Lines curve to switch places
|:5-8:| 1 (b) Varvashyppely Chorus - kick steps in place
|:1-4:| 2 (a) Läpikäyden paikanvaihto Lines cross over on R, repeat to place
|:5-8:| 2 (b) Varvashyppely Chorus - kick steps in place
|:1-4:| 3 (a) Paripyörintä kynnärkoukussa All advance, R-elbow hook, L-elbow hook
|:5-8:| 3 (b) Varvashyppely Chorus - kick steps in place
|:1-4:| 4 (a) Portit riveittäin Advance, Line-A arches, Line-B arches, passing on R
|:5-8:| 4 (b) Varvashyppely Chorus - kick steps in place
|:1-4:| 5 (a) Tyttöjen portit Line-A W advance, arches, M clap/ripaska
|:5-8:| 5 (b)   Line-B W advance, arches, M clap/ripaska
|:1-4:| 6 (a) Poikien paripyörintä, tyttöjen piiri Both M advance, turn CW, then CCW
|:5-8:| 6 (b)   M turn CCW, W circle CW
|:1-4:| 6 (c)   W circle CCW, M 'help'
|:5-8:| 6 (d) Varvashyppely Chorus - kick steps in place
|:1-4:| 7 Tyttöjen kättely W chain, M clap/ripaska
|:5-8:|     W chain, M clap/ripaska
|:1-4:| 8 (a) Piiri All advance, circle CW
|:5-8:| 8 (b)   All circle CW
|:1-4:| 8 (c)   All circle CCW
|:5-8:| 8 (d) Varvashyppely Chorus - kick steps in place
|:1-4:| 9 (a) Loppumarssi Longways set facing front, 4 steps forward, 8 steps back
|:5-8:| 9 (d)   4 steps forward, cross over, circle back

See also YouTube videos 1 and 2

Source: taught by Martti Vanhapelto, Vancouver, 1985-03
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. p. 293-296.
Printed source: documentation provided by Nordlek 2018 (page 1 and 2).
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1985-03.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-08-06, rev. 2017-11-28


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