Pas de quatro (Patukaatteri)

Country: Finland
Type: couple dance
Formation: any number of couples in open circle, facing LOD. Holding inside hands with partner at shoulder height. Free fist on hip.
Steps: two-step (flat-footed), walk

    Dance progression
1-2 1 (a) Starting with outside foot (ML/WR), dance 3 walking steps in LOD (1).
Turn to partner and point inside foot towards partner with a small curtsey/bow (2).
3-4   Starting with inside foot (MR/WL), repeat (1 a), turning away from partner and pointing outside foot away fron partner (4).
5-8   (b) Take waltz hold with partner, and starting with ML/WR foot, dance 4 two-steps, turning CW and moving in LOD.
1-8   Repeat (1 a) and (1 b). Finish facing partner, M with back to centre of circle, holding inside hands (WL in MR).
1-2 2 (a) Moving in LOD, M dances L to the side, R behind L, L to the side (1), cross and point R in front of L (2). W dances same, with opposite footwork.
3-4   Repeat (2 b), moving with RLOD, with opposite footwork.
5-8   (b) Repeat (1 b).
1-8   Repeat (2 a) and (2 b). Finish beside partner, facing in LOD, holding inside hands.
1 3 (a) Starting with outside foot (ML/WR), dance one two-step forward in LOD.
2   Step forward in inside foot, swaying forward with a dip, and pointing outside foot backwards.
3   Starting with outside foot (ML/WR), dance one two-step backwards in RLOD.
4   Step back in inside foot, cross and point outside foot infront of inside foot, turning towards partner.
5-8   (b) Repeat (1 b).
1-8   Repeat (3 a) and (3 b).

Source: taught by Martti Vanhapelto in Portland, OR, 1987-10-10 to 11, and in Vancouver 1988-03-26 to 27.
Description: Laine Ruus, 1987-10-10 to 11, rev. 2012-11-18.

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