Vanha kevätlaulu

Country: Finland
Type: couple mixer
Formation: open circle of couples, holding inside hands, facing in LOD
Steps: polkamazurka, run, walk
Music: Vanha kevätlaulu/Vårvindar friska sheet music

    Dance progression
1-8 (a) All dance 8 polkamazurka steps, moving in LOD turnring alternately towards partner and away from partner, swinging arms back and forwards with alternate steps.
Finish in open circle, M facing out with arms folded on chest, W facing in holding skirt in each hand.
9-12 (b) Couples dance dos-á-dos CCW around partner, ie passing L shoulders to start. 4 running waltz steps.
13-16   Take R-elbow hook with partner and turn 1 full turn CW on the spot, 4 running waltz steps.
9-16   Repeat (b), this time turning CCW with L-elbow hook.
Finish with M advancing to next W in LOD, who becomes his new partner.
    Repeat from (a) as desired. Normally repeated until all M have danced with all W and returned to original partner.
     
    Song text
    [Swedish: traditional folk tune from Norrland, Sweden, lyrics by Julia Nyberg née Svärdström]
Vårvindar friska leka och viska
lunderna kring likt älskande par.
Strömmarna ila, finna ej vila,
förrän i havet störtvågen far.
:Klappa mitt hjärta, klaga och hör,
vallhornets klang bland klipporna dör.
Strömkarlen spelar, sorgerna delar, vakan kring berg och dal.:

Source: taught to L. Ruus some time in the 1970s.
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 197?
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-02-05.


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