Kikapo (or Cicapo)

Country: Finland
Type: couple dance or mixer
Formation: couples in open circle. W standing in front of and to right of her partner, WL in ML hand, and WR in MR hand, at shoulder height. Both M and W face LOD, ie allemande hold.
Steps: walk
Music: midi file or mp3 file or any moderately fast march with :1-8::9-16: structure.

    Dance progression
1-2 (a) Couples walk 4 brisk walking steps in LOD, both starting with L foot.
3   W moves a little to R, both L heel on floor forward and to the left (3), flirting overr WL shoulder. Close L to R. W takes a step to the L, M to the R (&).
4   R heel on floor forward and to the right (4), flirting over WR shoulder. Close R to L (&).
1-4   Repeat (a).
5-6 (b) Couples drop hand hold, clap hands (5) on first beat while dancing 4 walking steps away from each other, M to his L into centre of circle, W to her R out of circle, while turning 1/2-turn CCW and CW respectively.
7-8   Both with a clap on the first beat (7), M continues to turn one-half turn CCW, W 3/4-turn CW, and dance 4 walking steps to next M/W (M moving in RLOD; W in LOD).
Note: if done as a couple dance, rather than a mixer), simply return to partner.
5-8   Holding WR in MR with new partner, W turns under MR arm for 8 bars, while M walks forward with small steps beside her.
    Repeat from (a) as desired.

Source: taught by Turun Kansantanssin Ystävät ry in Vancouver, April 1984, and by Martti Vanhapelto, Vancouver 1988-03-25 to 26.
See also <http://tanssi.net/fi/vanhat/kikapo.html>
Original description in Swedish: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1984-04.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-03-16 rev. 2012-11-18


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