Kiperä

Country: Karelia, Finland
Type: set dance
Formation: square set of 4, 6 or 8 couples, holding inside hands.
Steps: walk. Because this is Karelian, the hands are held low, and the walk is a crouching half-run/half-walk.
Music: 4/4-time

    Dance progression
1-4 1 (a) All couples advance 4 walking steps (1-2) with a stamp on (2:2). All couples retire ditto, with a stamp on (4:2).
1-4   Repeat (1 a).
|:5-8:|   (b) All couples take skewed waltz hold with R sides together and turn one full turn CW on the spot (both M and W moving forwards), 4 walking steps (5-6). Turn W CW under joined ML/WR hands, 4 walking steps (7-8).
Couples, with skewed waltz hold, turn one full turn CCW on the spot, both M and W moving backwards, 4 walking steps (5-6).
W turns CW under joined ML/WR hands (7-8), to return to place.
|:1-4:| 2 (a) Side couples form arches. Head W, holding inside hands with partner, goes through arch formed by side couple to the L, proceedes CW around side M, returns through the arch, as head M grasps side W's R hand in his L, proceeds CCW around side W, pulling side W as well under the arch, to form a circle with side couple (5-8). 16 walking steps.
Circle to the R (CCW) on side couple's spot 2 full turns (5-8). 16 walking steps.
Note: if there is more than one couple on the side, the arch is formed between centre couples, rather than by the couple. Small circles have time to circle only one turn.
|:5-8:|   (b) Head W drops hold with side M, and the two circles join to form one large circle. Circle dances CCW, two full turns, 16 walking steps.
Note: if more than 4 couples, large circle moves one full turn.
|:1-4:| 3 (a) All couples repeat (1 a).
|:5-8:|   (b) All couples repeat (1 b).
|:1-4:| 4 (a) Side couples repeat (2 a), ie head couples form arches, and side W leads through arch formed by head couple to her L.
|:5-8:|   (b) Side couples repeat (2 b). This time, side W drops hold with head M to form large circle.
|:1-4:| 5 (a) All couples repeat (1 a).
|:5-8:|   (b) All couples repeat (1 b).

Source: combined dance for FinnFest 2013 in Hancock, MI.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-01-04, rev. 2013-05-14.


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