Seni

Country: Finland
Type: 2-couple set
Formation: 2 couples facing, holding inside hands (down) with partner
Steps: run, stamp, step-swing. Note: Karelian styling, hands down in circles, and 'soft' knees.
Music: see midi files [version 1], and [version 2].

    Dance progression
|:1-4:| 1 (a) All stamp R foot 8 times, on the spot.
|:5-8:|   (b) Form closed circle, 8 running steps CW. Ditto CCW.
1-4 2 (a) Couple 1 forms arch, couple 2 runs through it, couples changing place with 4 running steps. All turn towards partnerr to face into set, and change to new inside hands.
Couples return to place, with couple 2 forming the arch. 4 running steps.
1-4   Repeat (2 a). 8 running steps. Finish facing partner, with 2-hand hold.
|:5-8:|   (b) All step R, swing L (5), then step L swing R (6), and change places with partner, turning one-half turn CW with 4 running steps (7-8).
Repeat (2 b), turning CCW with partner to return to place. Finish in open waist-shoulder hold with partner facing opposite couple.
|:1-4:| 3 (a) Advance 4 running steps (1-2) with stamp on (2 &), and retire ditto (3-4) with stamp on (4 &).
Repeat (3 a). Finish in waltz hold with partner.
|:5-8:|   (b) Turn CW on the spot with partner, 4 running steps (5-6). Turn W under joined ML/WR hands to finish in place (7-8), W dancing 4 running steps.
Turn CCW on the spot with partner, 4 running steps (5-6). Turn W under joined hands to finish in place (7-8), W dancing 4 running steps.
|:1-4:| 4 (a) All dance reel of 4, M 'cutting' the reel in the centre, passing to the R. 16 running steps. Finish in place.
|:5-8:|   (b) Turn CW on the spot with partner, 4 running steps (5-6). Turn W under joined ML/WR hands to finish in place (7-8), W dancing 4 running steps.
Turn CCW on the spot with partner, 4 running steps (5-6). Turn W under joined hands to finish in place (7-8), W dancing 4 running steps.
|:1-4:| 5 (a) All stamp R foot 8 times, on the spot (ie. repeat 1 a)..
|:5-8:|   (b) Take R elbow hold with partner, turn CW on the spot 8 running steps.
Take L elbow hold with partner, turn CCW on the spot, 8 running steps.
|:1-4:| 6 (a) All dance R-hand chain, 16 running steps.
|:5-8:|   (b) Turn CW on the spot with partner, 4 running steps (5-6). Turn W under joined ML/WR hands to finish in place (7-8), W dancing 4 running steps.
Turn CCW on the spot with partner, 4 running steps (5-6). Turn W under joined hands to finish in place (7-8), W dancing 4 running steps.

Source: YouTube video.
Description: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-01-04.


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