Nyrkkipolkka

Country: Yleissuomalaisia, Finland
Also known as: fingerpolka, Kymmentä kynttä, flatikkapolkka, reisipolkka
Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples in an open circle, M facing out of circle, W facing into circle. Polkka hold.
Steps: polkka
Music: (CD) Suomalaisen Kansantanssi Ystävät ry Katrillaten 2 (SKY-02) track 17. See also midi file.

    Variation from Kauhajoki
9-16 (a) Couples dance 4 polkka steps turning CW and moving in LOD, followed by 4 polkka steps turning CCW, but still moving in LOD. Drop hold.
1-8 (b) M and W clap hands behind back and in front (1) shake R-fist at each other, then L-fist (2). Take closed waist-shoulder hold and, beginning with ML/WR foot, dance 2 sidesteps in LOD (3-4). Repeat, dancing side-steps in RLOD, finishing with M facing in LOD, W facing in RLOD.
    Variation from Pomarkku
1-8 (a) M and W clap hands behind back and in front (1), Beginning with ML/WR foot, and moving in LOD, dance 3 polkka steps (2-4), W moving backwards and M chasing. Meanwhile, shake R fist (2), then L fist (3), then R fist (4) at partner. Ie M dances L-polkka, R-polkka, L-polkka while shaking R-fist, L-fist, and R-fist. W dances opposite footwork, while shacking same fists. Repeat (5-8).
Finish in polkka hold.
9-16 (b) Couples dance 4 polkka steps turning CW and moving in LOD, followed by 4 polkka steps turning CCW, but still moving in LOD.
    Variation from Viitasaari
1-8 (a) Beginning with ML/WL foot (yes, both with L foot), dance 8 polkka steps in place, while shaking R-forefinger (1), L-forefinger (2), R-forefinger (3) etc at partner.
9-16 (b) Couples dance 4 polkka steps turning CW and moving in LOD, followed by 4 polkka steps turning CCW, but still moving in LOD.
    Repeat from 1 (a) as desired.

Source: taught by Martti Vanhapelto, in Vancouver, November, 1985.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. pp. 103-104.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-10-28, rev. 2012-11-18


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