Rihmarulla

Country: Savo, Finland
Type: longways set
Formation: 6 couples in two lines, couples facing couples.

      couple 2   4   6
            O X O X O X

            X O X O X O    (where X=male, O=female)
      couple 1   3   5

Hold: holding inside hands, free fist on hip
Steps: polkka, sidesteps, walk
Music: (LP) Suomen Nuorison Liitto track A3.

    Dance progression
|:1-4:| 1 (a) All begin with outside (ML/WR) foot, advance 4 walking steps (1-2), retire 4 walking steps (3-4). Repeat (1-4)
5-12   (b) W R-hand half-chain to opposite (5-6), 2 polkka steps.
Courtesy turn with opposite (7-8), 2 polkka steps.
W R-hand half-chain back to partner (9-10), 2 polkka steps.
Take two-hand hold with partner at shoulder height, turn CW on the spot with 2 polkka steps (11-12).
1-4 2 (a) W form closed inner circle, and circle CW with 8 walking steps. Meanwhile, M form closed outer circle, and circle CCW with 8 walking steps.
1-4   W circle CCW with 8 walking steps. Meanwhile, M circle CW with 8 walking steps. Finish with M bringing joined arms over women's head to form front basket.
5-12   (b) The basket collapses to 2 parallel lines the length of the set (5-6), 2 polkka steps.
All back out/advance to circle formation (7-8), 2 polkka steps.
Basket collapses to form 2 parallel lines perpendicular to the first (9-10), 2 polkka steps.
All back out/advance to circle formation (11-12), 2 polkka steps.
|:1-4:| 3 (a) Repeat (2 b).
5-12   (b) All dance R-hand chain to first meeting with own partner (7th person). Turn one-half turn CW on the spot with partner. 8 polkka steps.
|:1-4:| 4 (a) Chain back to place, 8 polkka steps. Finish in original lines.
5-12   (b) All take waltz hold, skewed to face opposite couple. All advance (5-6) 4 walking steps, with brief courtesy on last beat.
All retire (7-8) 4 walking steps.
M braces with L foot forward, and flips his partner diagonally forward and to his L. W leaps, turning one-half turn CCW to land facing opposite M (9), and dances 1 polkka step over to opposite M (10).
All take two-hand hold with opposite, and turn CCW on the spot (11-12), 2 polkka steps. Finish in 'butterfly' hold with opposite.
1-4 5 (a) Opposite couples change places, M passing back to back, 8 sidesteps.
1-4   Opposite couples change places to return to M's place, W passing back to back, 8 sidesteps.
5-12   (b) Repeat (4 b) to return to partner and place.
|:1-4:| 6 (a) Repeat (2 a), but this time M form inner circle and W form outer circle.
5-12   (b) Repeat (2 b).
|:1-4:| 6 (a) Repeat (2 b).
5-12   (b) Repeat (3 b).
|:1-4:| 6 (a) Repeat (4 a). Finish in original lines, in two-hand hold with arms crossed in front (MR arm underneath), and thumb hold.
5-12   (b) All advance 4 walking steps (5-6), finishing with a brief courtesy on the last beat.
All retire (7-8), 4 walking steps.
All advance, drop hold with partner and take crossed-hand thumb hold with opposite. M leads opposite W in a CCW curve back to his place (9-12), 8 walking steps.
1-4 7 (a) Karkelo: all start with R foot, advance 3 walking steps (R L R) diagonally to R of opposite person (1 & 2). Step back on L foot (&). Advance on R foot passing to L of opposite (ie passing R shoulders), turning one-half turn CCW (3), and 3 walking steps out to opposite place (& 4 &).
1-4   Repeat (7 a).
5-12   (b) Repeat (6 b) to return to partner and place.
2x[|:1-4:|, 5-8] 8 (a) Couples 1 through 5 crouch down, facing into set. Meanwhile, couple 6, holding inside hands, M passing on inside and W on outside, dance polkka steps passing over the crouching couples, moving CCW around the set and back to place to crouch down in turn. After 4 polkka steps, couple 4 follows couple 6, then couples 2, 1, 3 in turn, and finally couple 5.
After each couple has danced 4 polkka steps, the next couple follows them, in turn, until all couples have danced around the set and back to place. Polkka steps throughout, moving somewhat face-to-face and back-to-back, etc.
|:1-4:|   (b) All couples stand up, M facing out of set and W facing in. All take 'butterfly' hold with partner, and dance 16 sidesteps, moving CCW around the set.

Source: taught by Martti Vanhapelto, Portland, 1987-10-10 to 11.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. p. 341-343. [Note: this version differs from the version in Tanhuvakka]
See also: a slightly different version in this YouTube video.
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1987-10.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-06-12, rev. 2013-06-15.


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