Kikari

Country: Finland
Formation: 4 couple quadrille. Couple 1 has backs to music. Couple 2 stands to the left of couple 1, couple 3 faces couple 1, and couple 4 faces couple 3.
Steps: Karelian running/walk - applies to all steps throughout. This a crouched cross between a run and a walk, with upper body vertical, and knees bent.
Music: (CD) Kutinaa Kengissä Tanhut yli 10-vuotiaat track 9; (CD) Tanhupojat Katrillia tanssimaan track 6; <http://www.nordlek.dk/kikari_noder.jpg>. See also midi file.

  Dance progression
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1 All couples form closed circle and dance CW, 16 steps. Ditto CCW.
1-4 2 Head couples (couples 1 and 3) take open waist-shoulder hold and take 3 walking steps towards each other, closing feet on 4th beat. Repeat backwards to place.
1-2 Head couples again take 3 walking steps towards each other, and close feet on 4th beat.
3-4 Head couples form closed circle, and take 3 walking steps backwards to open circle, closing feet on 4th beat.
|:5-8:| Circle moves 8 walking steps CW and 8 walking steps CCW.
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Side couples (couples 2 and 4) repeat 2.
1-2 3 W1 and M3 walk towards each other with 4 steps.
3-4 walk CW around each other (maintaining eye contact) and return to place.
1-4 W1 and M3 take waltz hold with partner and turn on the spot 8 walking steps.
|:5-8:| W2 and M4 repeat 3.
|:1-4:| W3 and M1 repeat 3.
|:5-8:| W4 and M2 repeat 3.
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4 Closed circle, 16 walking steps CW. Ditto CCW.

Note: this is one of the combined dances for Nordlek 2012.

Source: translated from a Danish translation prepared for Nordlek 2012.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. pp. 184-185.
Source: taught by Martti Vanhapelto, in Vancouver 1985-11 and in Vancouver 1987-02.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-01-08, rev. 2012-11-18


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