Menuett, Lappfjärd

Country: Finland
Formation: any number of couples. When the music starts, men line up side by side, each with his partner almost right behind him, holding partner's R hand in own R hand, with the man's hand reaching back. Line stands facing away from the front (ie in front of the (bridal) head table, but with backs to it). Couple 1 is the couple farthest to the right as seen from the front.
Steps: menuet and cross-over steps described below. Each takes 2 bars of music (3/4-time). Count to '6' for each complete step. Numbers in parenthesis below refer to the step count rather than the bar or beat counts.
Music: Menuett nr. 171 from SLS VI A1, transcribed (?) by Fridolf Andersson, 1911

Bar Beat  
    Menuet step
1 :1 Step forward with R foot (1), which has in the previous step been dragged past L foot. Step is toward partner, with toes pointed forward, and almost no swinging of the body.
:2 Move L foot lightly to heel of R foot (2), ie with no body weight. Note: in the video prepared for Nordlek 2012, dancers do a small lift.
:3 Step back with L foot (3) to original place.
2 :1 Step back with R foot (1), with almost no body swing.
:2 Lift L foot, and return to floow on the same spot (5)
:3 Drag R foot past L foot (6), ready to step onto it on the next beat.
     
    Cross-over step (NB 2 cross-over steps = 4 bars of music)
1 :1 Step forward toward partner with R foot (1), with a light stamp. The right foot has in the previous step been dragged past L foot. Note: in the video prepared for Nordlek 2012, dancers turn body 1/4 turn CCW 'around' partner.
:2 Drag L foot past R (2).
:3 Step diagonally left-forward on L foot (3). Note: in the video prepared for Nordlek 2012, dancers turn back almost 1/2 turn CW 'around' partner on this beat and the following 2 beats.
2 :1-2 Take 2 short steps, with L shoulder leading. R foot closes to L (4) and L foot a short step forward (5).
:3 Drag R foot past L (6).
3 :1 Step forward on R (1), with toes turned half way to the left. Body is also turned to the left.
:2 Continuing the turn to the left on R sole, bring L foot to close to R (2)
:3 To complete turn to the left, step forward on L foot toward partner (3)
4 :1 Close R foot to L (4)
:2 Step forward onto L (5)
:3 Drag R foot past L (6), ready to step onto it on the following beat for the beginning of the next menuet step.
     
    Traditionally, this menuet was danced without a specified number of menuet and cross-over steps. M1 would signal the start of the middain and kveeldin. In order to standardize it for performance purposes, and for purposes of recording the music, what follows is a suggested progression for this menuet.
     
1-3 :1 All stamp R foot on the first beat of the 3 bars, ie on 1:1, 2:1 and 3:1. On the second beat of each of these bars, lift L foot and replace it on the third beat of each bar.
3 :2 Lift L foot (2)
:3 Women step forward with L foot (3)
4 :1-2 Women continue forward turning to the L with R foot (4) and L foot (5) so that they finish facing partner
:3 Women close R to L foot (6).
5-7 :1 All stamp R foot on the first beat of the 3 bars, ie on 5:1, 6:1 and 7:1. On the second beat of each of these bars, lift L foot, and replace on the third beat.
7 :2 Lift L foot (2). While maintaining the hand hold, all couples turn 1/2 turn CW as follows:
:3 step L (3)
8   step onto R foot (4) with toes pointing R, and continue turning to the R on R foot, close L foot to R (5), and touch R foot to L (6).
9 :1 Stamp R foot toward each other (1)
:2 Lift L foot (2), and simultaneously drop handhold
:3 Step back on L (3)
10 :1 Step back on R (4) and lift L
:2 Replace L foot (5)
:3 Drag R foot past L (6), ready to step forward on the next menuet step
11-18   2 menuet steps and 2 cross-over steps passing partner on the left, to original place
19-2   2 menuet steps and 2 cross-over steps passing partner on the left, to opposite place
3-10   2 menuet steps and 2 cross-over steps passing partner on the left, to original place. Men give signal for the middain by clapping hands on 9:1 (step (1) in the second cross-over step)
11-14   2 menuet steps
15 :1-2 All stamp R foot (1) and lift L (2), while taking R hand in R with partner
:3 All turn 1/2 turn CW as in 7:3 above, stepping L foot (3)
16   Step R foot (4), L foot (5) and close R to L foot (6)
17-18   All stamp R foot (1-2) and continue to turn 1/2 turn CW as above (3-6)
19 :1-2 All stamp R foot (1), lift L (2), drop right-hand hold, and take partner's L hand in L
:3 All turn 1/2 turn CCW, stepping forward L (3)
20   Step forward R (4), diagonally forward and to the left with L foot (5) with toes pointing to the left, and continue the turn on the left foot, touching R to L (6)
21-22   All stamp R foot (1-2) and continue turning 1/2 turn CCW to original place as above (3-6)
23 :1 All stamp R foot toward each other (1)
:2 lift L foot (2), and drop hand hold while
:3 stepping back L (3)
24 :1 Step back R (4), lifting L foot
:2 Replace L foot (5)
:3 and drag R foot past L (6), ready to step forward in the next menuet step
1-8   2 menuet steps and 2 cross-over steps to opposite place
9-16   2 menuet steps and 2 cross-over steps to original place
17-24   2 menuet steps and 2 cross-over steps to opposite place. Men give signal for kveeldin by clapping hands on beat 23:1 (step (1) in the second cross-overr step)
1-4   2 menuet steps
5 :1-2 All stamp R foot (1) and lift L foot (2), while taking partners R hand in R
:3 step L (3), turning 1/2 turn CW as above when changing places at the brginning of the dance
6   step R (4), step L (5) and close R to L foot (6)
7-9   All stamp R foot on first beat of each bar, ie 7:1, 8:1, and 9:1. On each stamp joined hands are lowered with a jerk, and the hand-hold is dropped after the last jerk, at which the menuet is finished. Dancers wait in place until the music stops.
     
    Sources for the dance description:
  • Finlands Svenska Folkdansring rf/ Årsprogramhäfte 1996-1997
  • Heikel, Yngvar/ Folkdans: B. dansbeskrivningar sammanställda av Yngvar Heikel (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, 268; Finlands Svenska folkdiktning, VI) Faksimiliutgåva 1982. s.l.: Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, 1938.
  • Revised by Marcus Blomberg (2009)

Source for the translation: translated from a Swedish description prepared for Nordlek 2012.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-01-08, rev. 2012-04-26


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