Lanssi

Country: Raja-Karjala, Finland
Type: set dance
Formation: quadrille of 4 couples, head couples have backs to or face music, side couples stand to R of respective head couples. Couples hold inside hands, free hands hang down.
Steps: run
Music: (LP) Suomen Nuorison Liito, track 9.

    Dance progression
1-4 1 (a) Vastuu: Head couples advance 4 running steps, and retire 4 running steps.
5-8   Head couples take waltz hold, and turn on the spot CW, 8 running steps (ie W backwards),
9-16   and CCW on the spot, with a stamp on (9:1), 16 running steps. On the last 3 beats, W turns under the joined ML/WR hands and advances to corner.
1-8   (b) With corner, all take waltz hold and dance turning CW on the spot 16 running steps, and
9-16   and 16 running steps turning CCW on the spot.
|:1-16:|   Side couples repeat (1 a) and (1 b).
1-8 2 (a) Karkelo: Head M, with arms crossed on chest, dance 8 small running steps towards each other passing L shoulder (1-4), 4 small running steps backwards away from each other (5-6), and 4 long running steps towards opposite woman, passing R shoulders (7-8).
9-10   M takes courtesy hold with opposite W, and the couple turns CCW on the spot, 4 running steps.
11-12   (b) Head couples drop hold and dance 4 running steps to opposite place, passing R shoulders through the oncoming couple, W passing on the inside. Finish in courtesy hold.
13-16   Head couples turn CCW on the spot 1-1/2 turns, 8 running steps. On the last beats, W turns CW under ML and
1-2   (c) Head W dance 4 running steps across the set back to place. Head couples take waltz hold with partner and dance
3-8,9-16   12 running steps turning CW on the spot, followed by 16 running steps turning CCW on the spot.
|:1-16:|   Side couples repeat (2 a) thru (2 c).
1-8 3     Loppupiiri: In courtesy position, all couples dance round the set, 16 running steps CCW.
9-16   All couples turn CCW on the spot (M backwards, W forwards). On the last 2 steps W turns under joined L arms, as M turns 1/2 turn to face CW around the set, in courtesy hold.
1-16   Repeat (3), couples moving CW around the set, and turning CCW on the spot as above.

Source: as taught by Motora, Vancouver, 1978-10-26. Note: this version differs somewhat from the description in Tanhuvakka.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. pp. 192-194.
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1978-10.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-11-20.


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