Martin vappu

Country: Finland
Type: set dance
Formation: open circle, even number of couples. M faces partner, with back to centre of circle, W face into circle. Fists on hips. Steps: kicksteps, walk, backwards chug
Music: see midi file; (CD) Tanhumusikkia, track 9.

    Dance progression
|:1-4:| 1 (a) Link R elbows with partner. Turn in place CW, 8 walking steps. Repeat, linking L elbows, and turning CCW. Finish facing partner, fists on hips.
|:5-8:|   (b) Starting hopping onto R and kicking L forward, then hop onto L kicking R forward. Repeat 2 times, ie kicking L, R, L, R, L, R. Followed by 3 stamps (R, L, R).
Repeat (b).
|:1-4:||:5-8:|   Repeat (1 a) and (1 b).
|:1-4:| 2 (a) Starting hopping onto R and kicking L forward, then hop onto L kicking R forward. Repeat 2 times, ie kicking L, R, L, R, L, R (1-4, 5-6).
With both feet together, 3 small hops backwards (3-4).
Repeat.
|:5-8:|   (b) With fists on hips, dance CW around partner, flirting over R shoulder, 8 walking steps. Repeat, dancing CCW and flirting over L shoulder.
Repeat (b).
|:1-4:||:5-8:|   Repeat (2 a) and (2 b). Finish in small closed circles of 2 couples each, hands in "W" position.
|:1-4:| 3 (a) Hop onto R, kicking L forward, then onto L kicking R forward. Followed by 3 small backward hops/chugs, while lowering hands to sides.
Repeat (3 a) 3 times.
|:5-8:|   (b) Still in closed circle, dance 8 walking steps CW, and 8 walking steps CCW, clapping on first beat of repeat.
|:1-4:||:5-8:|   Repeat (3 a) and (3 b). On last 4 bars, small circles open up into one large open circle, all with fists on hips.
|:1-4:| 4 (a) Hop onto R, kicking L forward, then onto L kicking R forward. Followed by 3 small backward hops/chugs, while lowering hands to sides.
Repeat 3 times.
|:5-8:|   (b) All couples form closed circle, dance 8 walking steps CW, and 8 walking steps CCW, clapping on first beat of repeat.
|:1-4:||:5-8:|   Repeat (4 a) and (4 b).
     
    Song text
:Martin Vappu, nätti likka
tuo oli tuttu minulle:
:Jos sinä tahdot, niin minä tulen
ystäväksi sinulle:

:Martin Vappua moitittiin,
vaan ei tuossa ollut vikoja:
:Sill' oli valkea alushame,
niinkuin muillakin likoilla:

:Martin Vapun koti seisoo
korkealla mäellä:
:Sinne ei pääse hevosella,
vaan täytyy jalan kävellä:

:Martin Vappu, hyvä Vappu
kyllä se kelpaa minulle:
:Itse mä tanssaan minkä mä jaksan
lopun annan sinulle:

Note: there are about 30 different versions of this dance, of which this describes is based on only four, from Parikkala, Kalvola, Rääkylä, and Iitti. Tanhuvakka describes 7 variations.

Source: as taught by Martti Vanhapelto in Vancouver, 1987-07-02.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. pp. 92-95
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1987-07.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-10-23, rev. 2012-11-18.


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