Piiripolkka

Country: Etelä-Karjala, Finland
Type: set dance
Formation: 4 couples in a square set (can also be done with 6 or 8 couple sets). Head couples have backs to music or face music. Couples are numbered CW around set beginning with head couple with back to music. Couples are numbered CW around set beginning with head couple with back to music.
Steps: polkka, side-steps, walk
Music: midi file; (CD) Katrillaten 2 track 25.

    Dance progression
1-8 1 (a) Circle: All couples form closed circle, and dance 16 walking steps CW, swinging arms in and out.
1-8   Repeat CCW. 16 walking steps.
9-16   (b) Polkka: Take polkka hold (waltz hold, with ML/WR joined hands on Man's L hip) and dance 8 polkka steps turning CW and moving in the LOD, half way round the set.
9-16   Dance 8 polkka steps turning CCW and moving in the LOD, to return to place.
1-8 2 (a) Small circles: Head M (ie M1 and M3) and side W (W2 and W4) form small circle, M holding W waists, and W with hands on M shoulders. Dance 16 side-steps moving CW, 2 full circuits and return to place.
1-8   M2, M4, W1 and W3 repeat (2 a), but moving CCW, to return to place.
|:9-16:|   (b) Polkka: Repeat (1 b).
1-8 3 (a) Small circles, and kihuminen: Head couples (couples 1 and 3) form closed circle, hands at shoulder height. Dance 8 side-steps moving CW, and 8 side-steps moving CCW, and return to place.
1-4   Kihuminen: Side couples, holding inside hands, dance 8 walking steps to opposite place, passing on the R, W slightly infront of partner, and swinging inside hands.
5-8   Side couples repeat to return to place. 8 walking steps.
|:9-16:|   (b) Polkka: Repeat (1 b). [Tanhuvakka]
Alternatively, repeat Kihuminen with side couples dancing as head couples above, and head couples dancing as side couples above. [M. Vanhapelto]
1-8 4 (a) Hanhenmarssi: All turn to L, M with arms folded on chest, W with hands on partner's shoulders. Dance 16 walking steps moving CW in the set.
1-8   All turn 1/2 turn to L, W with fists on hips, m with hands on partner's shoulders. Dance 16 walking steps moving CCW in the set to return to place.
|:9-16:|   (b) Polkka: Repeat (1 b).
|:1-8:| 5 (a) Piirilaukka: All form closed circle, hands at shoulder level. Dance 16 side-steps, moving CW. Repeat, moving CCW.

Source: taught by Martti Vanhapelto in Hillsboro, OR, 1987-10-09.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. pp. 217-218.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2012-11-11.


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