Kørsdans fra Øystre Slidre, Valdres

Country: Øystre Slidre, Valdres, Norway
Formation: 8 couples in open circle. Facing partner, W have backs to centre of circle, M facing into circle.
Type: set dance
Hold: holding inside hands (MR/WL). Free hand hanging down.
Steps: bytomfotsteg in waltz-rhythm, running waltz steps
Music: any Valdres springar, not too fast, e.g. Stårreguten: notes; mp3 file

    Dance progression
|:1-8:| (a) Couples dance around partner with 4 bytomfotsteg, while moving in LOD. Both start with L foot.
On the first 2 steps (1-2), W dances diagonally forward and out of the circle, under the man's arm, and without turning around. Meanwhile M dances forwards, and diagonally into the circle behind his partner.
On the next 2 steps (3-4), M turn a little to the left, and dances diagonally backwards out of the circle, under the woman's arm, and in front of her. Meanwhile W dances forwards, and diagonally into the circle behind her partner.
On the first 4 steps, they have danced around each other once. Repeat 3 more times, without stopping.
|:9-16:| (b) All clap, and dance a R-hand chain without taking hands, M moving CW and W moving CCW. All begin moving to left of own partner and dance 1 bytomfotsteg for each person they meet in the circle.
When they reach their partner, both clap, swing around each other 1/2-turn (with R-elbow hook) and chain back to place, where they take position as at the beginning of (a).
Total: 16 bytomfotsteg.
    Repeat as desired. Note: For Nordlek, the above is done twice through.

Notes: The dance was first published in NF II 1935, together with Mass and Langedansen, under the title 'Three set dances from Valdres'. Klara Semb notes: "These set dances I have described based on Knud and Jens Jørstad, 76 snd 67 years old respectively, and O. Windingstad, 58 years old. They agree that all 3 were danced in springar-rhythm." There are handwritten notes for these Valdres dances in the Klara Semb MS-collection (D57). The dance is a composite of a bygdedans motif and a chain. This motif does not appear to be taken from the springar in Valdres such as it is danced now.

Source: documentation provided on the Nordlek 2015 web site. See also mp4 file
Translation: Laine Ruus, Edinburgh, 2014-10-14


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