Yks' kaks' kolme

Country: Varsinais-Suomi, Finland
Type: couple mixer
Formation: open circle of couples, waist-shoulder hold with partner, M facing LOD, W facing RLOD.
Steps: step-hop, side-step
Music: (CD) Vipinää Varpaissa track 44.

    Dance progression
1-2 (a) Beginning with ML/WR foot, all dance 4 sidesteps toward centre of circle. Stamp and pause on (2:2).
3-4   Repeat (a) back to original place, ie away from centre.
5 (b) All dance one side-step with a stamp on (5:2) towards centre of circle, and
6   one side-step with a stamp on (6:2) away from centre of circle.
7-8   Couples turn CW, moving in LOD, 4 step-hops.
5-8   Repeat (b).
    Repeat from (a) as desired.
     
    Song text
Yks' kaks' kolme neljä ja viis',
missäs on mun kultani siis?
:Ei se o siell', ei se o tääll',
vaan se on kaukana vetten pääll':

Yks' kaks' kolme neljä ja viis',
nyt me pyörimme riemuiten siis.
:Iloitaan vaan, ain' aikanaan,
nuoruus ei kauan kestä kumminkaan:
     

Note 1: Martti Vanhapeltp taught this with M facing out of circle, and W facing in. All side-steps were therefore in LOD and RLOD respecitvely.
Note 2: variations of this dance occur widely in Scandinavia. In Norway, it is known as 'Rugen', on Bornholm as 'Gamla toza' or 'Ryskjærketurn'.

Source: taught by Martti Vanhapellto in Vancouver, 1988-03-25 to 26.
Printed source: Rausmaa, Pirkko-Liisa & Esko Tanhuvakka. Porvoo: W Söderström, 1977. pp. 116-117.
Description: Laine Ruus, Vancouver, 1988-03.
Translation: Laine Ruus, Oakville, 2013-02-10.


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