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
||: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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