Nurkkapolkka

Country: Satakunta, Finland
Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples in a circle, M facing LOD, W facing RLOD
Hold: holding MR/WL hands, free hand on waist
Steps: polkka, side-steps
Music: (CD) Katrillaten 2 (SKY-02) track 16.

    Dance progression
1-2 (a) Dance 2 polkka steps in place, turning to face partner on 1st, and away from partner on second, swinging arms back and forth with motion of body.
3-4   Take 'butterfly' hold with partner (two-hand hold, arms stretched out to sides at shoulder height), dance 4 side-steps to Man's L, ie into centre of circle.
5-8   Repeat (a), this time dancing side-steps to Man's R, ie back to place.
9-16 (b) Take polkka hold (waltz hold, with ML/WR joined hands on Man's L hip) and dance 4 polkka steps turning CW and moving in the LOD, then 4 polkka steps turning CCW.
    Repeat from (a) as desired.

Source: taught to L. Ruus by ?, in Vanouver in the early 1970s.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. pp. 100-101.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-06-19, rev. 2012-11-18


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