Kujanen

Country: Etelä-Karjala, Finland
Type: longways set dance
Formation: even number of couples facing couples, parallel to audience. Two-hand hold with partner.
Steps: polkka, side-steps, walk
Music: (CD) Kutinaa Kengissä Tanhut yli 10-vuotiaat track 13.

    Dance progression
|:1-4:| 1 (a) Couples take butterfly hold and dance 8 side-steps away from front, ie both lines in same direction.
Repeat side-steps to return to place.
|:5-8:|   (b) Couples drop hand hold (hands free) and dance 4 polkka steps, beginning with R foot and turning to the L, and turning from side to side with each step.
On the 4th step, turn 1/2 turn CW and dance 4 polkka steps back to place.
|:9-12:|   (c) Couples form closed circle with opposite couple. Circle with 8 walking steps CW, and 8 walking steps CCW. Finish in place.
|:1-4:| 2 (a) Repeat 1 (a).
|:5-8:|   (b) Repeat 1 (b).
|:9-12:|   (c) Two adjacent sets of opposite couples form closed circle (ie 4 couples per circle). Dance 8 walking steps CW and 8 walking steps CCW. Finish in place.
|:1-4:| 3 (a) Repeat 1 (a).
|:5-8:|   (b) Repeat 1 (b).
|:9-12:|   (c) Four adjacent sets of opposite couples form closed circle (ie 8 couples per circle). Dance 8 walking steps CW and 8 walking steps CCW. Finish in circle.
|:1-4:| 4 (a) Repeat 1 (a), but dancing 8 side-steps moving CW in circle, followed by 8 side-steps moving CCW in the circle.
|:5-8:|   (b) Repeat 1 (b), moving into the centre of the circle with 4 polkka steps, and back out with 4 polkka steps.
|:9-12:|   (c) Take two-hand hold with partner, and dance 8 walking steps moving CW on the spot, and 8 walking steps moving CCW on the spot.

Source: taught by Motora in Vancouver 1978-10-26.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. p. 325. N.B. This version differs from the version in Tanhuvakka.
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1978-10.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-03-21, rev. 2014-02-02


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