Riian vaali

Country: Viitasaari, Finland
Type: set dance
Formation: quadrille set of 4 couples. Head couples have backs to or face music, side couples stand to R of respective head couples. Couples are numbered from 1 to 4 CW around the set. Holding inside hands.
Steps: polkka, walk
Music:

    Dance progression
1-2 (a) Head couples begin with outside (ML/WR) foot and advance, 4 walking steps.
3-4   Head couples retire. Meanwhile, side couples advance as above. 4 walking steps.
1-2   Head couples advance. Meanwhile, side couples retire. 4 walking steps.
3-4   Head couples retire. Meanwhile, side couples advance. 4 walking steps.
5-7 (b) Head couples advance, 3 polkka steps, turning face-to-face, back-to-back, face-to-face.
Meanwhile, side couples retire, 3 polkka steps, turning face-to-face, back-to-back, face-to-face.
8, 5-6   Head couples retire, 3 polkka steps, turning face-to-face, back-to-back, face-to-face.
Meanwhile, side couples advance, 3 polkka steps, turning face-to-face, back-to-back, face-to-face.
7-8, 5-8   Head and side couples repeat (b).
|:9-11:| (c) Couples take two-hand hold with partner, and turn CW in place (side couples moving out to place) (9-11). 6 walking steps
Repeat turning CCW, 6 walking steps (9-11).
|:12-19:| (d) All dance R-hand chain once around the set and return to place. 32 walking steps.
    Repeat from (a) as desired.

Source: taught by Martti Suonpaa, Toronto, 200?
Note: first described by Asko Pikkinen, and later translated by Pirkko Satola for a workshop she taught in Shingle Springs, CA, August 1999.
This is a different version from that described in Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. p. 242.
Description: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-02-13.


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