Dance Reminders

Dances are arranged in alphabetical order.

Abbreviations used in reminders:
M = man or lead
W = woman or follow
LOD = Line of direction (facing counter clockwise around circle)
R = right
L = left
CW = clockwise
CCW = counter clockwise
RLOD = reverse line of direction (facing clockwise around circle)

Basic pols (Norwegian couple dance - couples in Circel facing LOD)
Walk on counts 1 and 3 in LOD for several measures in shoulder waist hold starting M on L and W on R. Turn CW: M - L both R; W- both R L. Dip on 2. Springy.
You can see a video on the web of Rørospols by clicking here. The only part we are doing is the CW turn at the end of each sequence.

Birenbomskan (Swedish dance with 3 figures)
First 2 figures starting on outside foot walking on 1 and 3.
Figure 1: 2 bars front skaters, 3 pancake turns [M does not do last turn].
Figure 2: weaving W starting behind M for 8 bars.
Figure 3: 8 polska turns - M anticipates and comes across in front of W into polska hold stepping L (1) and pivoting CW on L sole puts R foot down in T about 3 inches behind L and back out of way of LOD (2) transfer weight onto R foot with a slight step forward in LOD turning to face forward (3). W starting turn by pressing R to floor next to L but with no weight (1), step forward on R in LOD (2) heel first between M's feet, pivoting on R foot step around M onto L sole (3) continuing to pivot on L sole to face in by the beginning of beat 1 of next bar.

Christina Polka (Swedish couple mixer)
Starting as couples with inside hands joined M facing out and W facing in, in a large circle.
M starting on L W on R 3 walks and a touch in LOD; 3 walks and a touch RLOD. Repeat that pattern but turning away from each other in LOD clap and toward each other RLOD no clap, ending with W facing RLOD and M LOD giving your partner R hands. Do a grand R and L with polkett steps, M starting L foot and W starting R, to partner 4, 1 polkett step per person (R hand, L hand, R hand, new partner). When you reach #4 (counting last partner as #1) assume ballroom hold with M facing out. Complete 2 polkett turns with 4 polketts dropping ballroom hold at end of 4th and returning to inside hands joined.
Polkett step is Step close step pivot

Enbens Schottis variant with Stegaren Step
You can see a video of this dance by clicking here and watching from 12:00 to 13:00 minutes into the video.

Engelsk Raekkedans (Danish contra dance with sets of 4-6 couples - M in one line facing W in another)
Partners 4 walks toward each other and 4 walks back. Repeat.
Partners cross to opposite side with R hands in 4 walks and cross back with R hands in 4 walks.
Partners cross to opposite side with L hand in 4 walks and cross back with L hands in 4 walks.
Partners cross to opposite side with both hands in 4 walks and cross back with both hands in 4 walks.
Partners do-se-do with 8 walks.
Couple #1 take both hands and slide down set in 8 counts and back to place in 8 counts.
Next part takes 32 counts. Head couples cast off to outside of line with other couples following. When reaching the foot of the set, head couple forms an arch, with the remaining couples passing under the arch and proceeding up the set to the front. Use whatever counts remain to buzz with partner. Couple 2 becomes new head couple.
Repeat the dance as long as there is music or until each couple in set has had a chance to be head couple.

Fannik (Danish couple dance to 2 beat music)
Pattern 1: Starting with inside arms in waist - shoulder hold and outside hands joined palm down, 16 running steps, M start L, W start R. M runs back wards, W forwards. On count 15, drop inner arms and step back. On count 16, both step toward each other, M placing W's R hand on his waist with his L and other hands in waist-shoulder hold.
Pattern 2: 5 polska turns, pausing on count 16 to assume hand hold for pattern 1 to start dance over. Turn: M anticipates and comes across in front of W into polska hold stepping L (1) and pivoting CW on L sole puts R foot down in T about 3 inches behind L and back out of way of LOD (2) transfer weight onto R foot with a slight step forward in LOD turning to face forward (3). W starting turn by pressing R to floor next to L but with no weight (1), step forward on R in LOD (2) heel first between M's feet, pivoting on R foot step around M onto L sole (3) continuing to pivot on L sole to face in by the beginning of beat 1 of next bar.
You can watch a video of this dance by clicking here, although you cannot see feet very clearly since it is so crowded.

Gustavs Skål (Swedish set dance for 4 couples in a square)
Head couples walk forward 4 and back; side couples walk forward 4 and back; repeat.
Side couples form an arch. Head couples run to center, change partners and go through side arch, splitting again and returning to home place finishing with a partner buzz if time permits. Head couples form an arch and side couples do the same pattern as the head couples did.

Islandsk skottis (Norwegian version of Icelandic dance, couple dance)
Start in varsovienne hold, both on same foot.
2 step close step lift, both starting on L foot.
4 step lifts, starting on L foot.
Releasing L hands, W turning CCW under M's raised arm and then backing up slightly and M moving slightly in toward center, do 1 step close step lift starting on L. Do another step close step lift starting on R passing in front of your partner and changing joined hands to L as you are doing this.
Joining R hands over L which are already joined, do 4 step hops clockwise ending up in the position where you started the dance, changing to original arm hold at very end (can be done without dropping arms by lead taking R hand over W's head).

Krossedans med tre (Norwegian dance for 3 people)
Slow music - walk; fast music - trot.
Patterns: Circle L, Circle R.
Figure 8 (pass L shoulders Center starting with person on R)
Circle L & R
Arches: Person on L goes under raised arms of Center & R Person, Person on R does same under raised arms of Center & L person, Person on L again under raised arms
Circle L & R
Center turns with elbows first R person then L person then R person
Circle L and continue L
Jump on beat 1 going into shoulder hold and run L until end.

Långdans (Swedish line dance)
Leader at left of line. Step throughout is L(1) and R (3). Follow the leader.

Långdans från Orsa (Swedish circle dance - no partners necessary)
Introductory step: step L forward (1) step R next to L (3)
Pattern 1: 2 introductory steps, step back on L (1) bring R to L (3) raise up on both soles (3&) bend knees slightly (1) and straighten up (2, 3).
Figure 1: 6 of pattern 1 proceeding CW in a circle.
Pattern 2: 3 introductory steps, step on L (1) raising both arms make a half turn to R ending with both feet together (2,3)
Figure 2: 2 of pattern 1 toward center of circle followed by pattern 2, 2 of pattern 1 toward outside of circle followed by pattern 2
Dance: Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 2 (but don't do a half turn at the very end - stay facing out), Running steps on every beat to the end of the music following leader on your left.

Långdans från Sollerön
(Swedish line dance - no partners)
part 1: 16 basic förstegs L(1) R (3)
part 2: L(1) lift R(3) R(1) lift L(3) & repeat, followed by 2 basic förstegs.
Dance: part 1, part 2, part 2.
You can see a video here, although many people aren't sure of the dance.

Polkett (Swedish couple dance)
One turn CW - starting with lead facing out and follow facing in.
Lead is Step to side on L (1) Step on R next to L (1&) Step around partner on L (2) pivot on L (2&) to face in, Step to side on R (3) Step on L next to R (3&) Step between partner's legs on R (4) pivot on R (4&) to face out.
Follow's turn is just the opposite - she starts on beat 3 and does 3, 3&, 4, 4&, 1, 1&, 2, 2& to complete 1 turn.

Reinlender mixer (Norwegian couple dance that is a mixer starting with hands held M on W's left in a large circle facing center)
Light and bouncy.
All: 2 schottis steps to center M starting with L & W with R (Step (1) Step (2) Step (3) lift (4))
Then 4 step lifts backing out of center.
Drop hands W do same pattern of 2 schottis steps to center and 4 step lifts out while men clap.
All do 8 schotttis steps in next pattern: M to center on first 2 and in close shoulder hold going CW continue with last 6, W going CCW with all 8 joining hands as soon as they are close enough. Finding the closest partner, do 4 patterns of schottis with new partner in LOD: 2 schottis steps in open shoulder waist starting on outside foot, 4 pivots in closed equilateral hold. Should be light and bouncy. The 4 pivots could be 3 little steps for each pivot.

Rheinländer polka (Danish couple dance)
Inside hands joined just below shoulder height
1 step close step starting on outside foot (1 & 2) 2 walks (3, 4) in LOD
Turning around to face RLOD and changing joined hands
1 step close step starting on outside foot (1 & 2) 2 walks (3, 4) in RLOD
Changing to ballroom hold, complete 2 polka turns CW with 4 polka steps dropping ballroom hold at end of 4th and returning to inside hands joined.
One Polka turn CW, starting with lead facing out and follow facing in:  lead is Step to side on L (1) Step on R next to L (1&) Step around partner on L (2) pivot on L (2&) to face in, Step to side on R (3) Step on L next to R (3&) Step between partner's legs on R (4) pivot on R (4&) to face out. Follow's turn is just the opposite - she starts on beat 3 and does 3, 3&, 4, 4&, 1, 1&, 2, 2& to complete 1 turn.

Rugen (Norwegian figure dance in couples)
Start in ballroom hold, with M with L shoulder toward center and W with R shoulder toward center.
M, traveling toward the center, step L (1) R(2) L (3) R (4) L (1 ) R (2) L(3) hold (4); W opposite foot work.
M, traveling back toward outside to original position, step R (1) L (2) R (3) L (4) R(1) L(2) R(3) hold (4); W opposite footwork
Rotating a quarter turn counter clockwise, M takes small steps L(1) R(2) L(3) hold (4) while W takes larger steps on opposite foot. Rotating a half turn clockwise, M takes small steps R(1) L(2) R(3) hold (4) while W takes larger steps on opposite foot.
Do 4 step hops turning twice clockwise as a couple progressing counterclockwise around the room, M stepping L (1) lift R(2) R (3) lift L (4) for each turn and W stepping with opposite footwork.

Russisk (Danish couple dance)
Open shoulder-waist hold. Closed hold can be equilateral, shoulder-waist or polska.
M: Step L (1) step R (1&) lift L (2) step L (2&) step R (1) lift L (1&) step on L (2) around W into a closed hold ending facing backwards and slightly toward center.
W: Step R (1) step L (1&) lift R (2) step R (2&) step L (1) lift R (1&) step on R (2) ending in between M's feet facing forward and slightly out.
Closed turn. Closed hold can be equilateral, shoulder-waist or polska.
One polkett step making a half turn CW followed by 2 pivots CW:
M step R to side in LOD facing toward center (1) step L next to R (1&) step R in LOD in between W's feet (2) pivot CW on R to face RLOD (2&) step on L around W still facing RLOD (1) pivot CW on L to face LOD (1&) open up and step R in LOD while W finishes her last pivot turn (2).
W step L to side in LOD facing out (1) step R next to L (1&) step L around M to end facing RLOD (2) pivot CW on L to face LOD (2&) step on R in LOD in between M's feet (1) pivot CW on R to face RLOD (1&) as M opens up step on L around M (2) pivot CW on L to face LOD (2&).

Schottis (Swedish couple dance)
In open position starting on outside foot do 2 schottis steps (step close step lift).
With M starting around W on L into closed equilateral hold, do 4 step pivots.
Can be done either bouncy or down and swoopy, depending on music. Various arm holds are acceptable - equilateral, polska, shoulder-waist.

Seattle polka (Norwegian couple dance starting as couples with inside hands joined facing LOD, in a large circle)
Pattern 1: M starting on L W on R 3 walks and a touch in LOD; facing RLOD, 3 walks and a touch RLOD. Facing LOD, take 2 step close step pause starting on outside foot. M coming across in front of W into equilateral hold to start pivots: M steps around W onto L while W steps forward on R in between M's feet (1) both M and W pivot half turn CW (1&) W step around M onto L sole while M steps forward on R in between W's feet (2) both M and W pivot half turn CW (2&). Repeat with 1 more turn.
Pattern 2: M starting on L, W on R and turning away from each other in LOD make 3 half turns pause. M starting on R, W on L and turning away from each other in RLOD make 3 half turns pause. Facing LOD, take 2 step close step pause starting on outside foot. M coming across in front of W into equilateral hold to start pivots: M steps around W onto L while W steps forward on R in between M's feet (1) both M and W pivot half turn CW (1&) W step around M onto L sole while M steps forward on R in between W's feet (2) both M and W pivot half turn CW (2&). Repeat with 1 more turn.
Dance: 2 of pattern 1, 2 of pattern 2.

Sekstur II fra Vendsyssel (Danish set dance for 4 couples in a square)
Verse 1: Circle L with 32 buzz steps.
Verse 2: W do R hand mill with 32 buzz steps.
Verse 3: M do R hand mill with 32 buzz steps.
Verse 4: Head couples form BACK basket with 32 buzz steps to L.
Verse 5: Side couples form BACK basket with 32 buzz steps to L.
Chorus: all W walk a slolum course to L, passing in front of partner, behind next M, in front of the 3rd, and behind the last with 16 steps. All M walk a slolum course to L, passing behind first W, in front of 2nd, behind 3rd and in front of own partner with 16 steps. Partner buzz for 8.
Dance: verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, verse 3, chorus, verse 4, chorus, verse 5, chorus.

Silloin mä leikin (Finnish Mixer)
Starting in partners in mazurka hold with M facing out and W facing in, do 7 polkett turns (step side on leading foot (1) step together on trailing foot (2) M steps around W to face in, W steps forward between M's feet to fact out (3) Complete turn with M and W doing each others step)
On the next 6 steps start Polkett (side- close - side) drop arms and back away.
Face partner M facing out and W facing in, 4 runs forward passing R shoulders (1, 2, 3, 1) stamp (2) stamp (3), 4 runs backing up to place stamp stamp.  Repeat passing L shoulders.
Looking to your R proceed to next partner, take 12 running steps around partner with R elbows, change to L elbows and take 12 more running steps to end up in position to start dance again.

Skoggata Mixer (Swedish mixer, couples in circle M facing out and W in)
2 step swings facing partner, keeping M's L and W's R joined 6 running steps W passing under M's arm then turning around to change places. Repeat changing back. 2 step swings facing partner, joining R elbows 6 running steps to turn all the way around, continue with 12 more running steps weaving through 3 more people with arms L R L stopping at person 4.

Springdans fra Land (Norwegian couple dance - couples in circle facing LOD, W slightly behind M, W's L hand in M's R)
Basic step: (even #) step close step, M start L, W on R
M's CCW slow turn: polkett turn starting facing out toward W: L - close - L forward & pivot to face in- R - close - R backwards in LOD & pivot to face W.  W continues basic step at this point.  As man turns he changes hands at beginning of each half turn.
Transition 1: M does quick turn CCW L, R, L to end facing W changing hands on each step to end with R hand joined with W's L. M does CW turn under own R hand stepping R L R to end facing W. W continues basic.
W's CW slow turn: polkett turn starting facing in toward M: R - close - R forward & pivot to face out- L - close - L backwards in LOD & pivot to face M. M does L - close - L - close - L -close.
When M is ready, he squeezes W's hand at the point that she is starting a polkett facing him.  After she has completed half of the turn, R- close - R forward, while M is doing L- close - L then go to next transition.
Transition 2 (takes 9 counts) W turns CW 3/4 of a turn to face M stepping L (1) R (2) L (3) while M steps in place R (1) L (2) R (3).  M turns CW under his own raised R arm L (4) R(5 ) L (6) to end facing W while W steps in place R(4) L(5) R(6). W does a CCW turn under her own raised L hand L(7) R (8) L(9) to end facing LOD while M takes 3 small steps to end in  front of W facing RLOD R (7) L (8) R(9).
Pols turn: M: L both R as in Rørospols. W: R (1) L (1&) R (2) moving forward and starting CW turn to face out, L (3) around M to end facing forward.

Stabberinglender (Norwegian couple dance)
Start facing partner M facing out, W in with inside hands joined. Starting with leading foot, step side (1) close (2) side (3 ) lift (4) back (1) lift (2) side (3) close (4) side (1) lift (2) back (3) lift (4) side (1) close (2).
Assuming polska hold M steps around W onto L (3) lift while pivoting half way around(4) while W steps forward on R (3) lift while pivoting half way round CW (4). Complete 8 more "Pivots" by stepping around or in between followed by a lift.
M steps forward on R (1) followed by a lift with no pivot to end facing forward (2) while W steps around M on L (1) followed by a lift with no pivot to end facing back (2).
Starting CCW turn: M: step L forward (3) close R (4) step L forward (1) lift while pivoting to end facing in (2), step R sideways (3) close L (4) step R backwards in LOD (1) lift while pivoting to end facing out (2); W: step R backwards (3) close L (4) step R backwards (1) lift while pivoting to end facing out (2), step L sideways (3) close R (4) step L forwards (1) lift while pivoting to end facing in (2).
Complete 2 more CCW turns (3412341234123412).
At this point the M should be facing out and the W facing in, M: step L sideways (3) close R (4) dropping closed hold to inside hands joined step L sideways (1) lift (2) step back on R (3) lift (4). W complete all steps same but on opposite foot.

Stegaren (Swedish couple dance)
Start in polska hold but offset with R hips adjacent, M facing LOD, W facing RLOD
Pattern 1: Step R in LOD (1) Step L next to R (2)
Pattern 2: M - Step R in LOD starting around W (1) Step L to face out (2) pivoting to face RLOD step back on R (1) pivoting to face LOD step forward on L (2)
W - step back on R (1) pivoting to face LOD step forward on L (2) continue as for M
Start in reverse polka hold but offset with L hips adjacent, M facing LOD, W facing RLOD
Pattern 1: Step L in LOD (1) Step R next to L (2)
Pattern 2: M - Step L in LOD starting around W (1) Step L to face in (2) pivoting to face RLOD step back on L (1) pivoting to face LOD step forward on R (2)
W - step back on L (1) pivoting for face LOD step forward on R (2) continue as for M

Swedish Finn Mixer (Swedish mixer, couples in circle, M facing out, W in, R thumbs joined)
Walk 8 CW, change to L thumbs walk 8 CCW, place free hands on partner's R shoulder buzz for 16, in varsovienne hold walk 16 in LOD in a circle. M drop off W, W progress CW in circle on outside, M continue CCW in circle on inside 16 walks to new partner.
A video of this dance can be seen here, with the modification that this group starts with the varsovienne walk and ends with the buzz.

Ti-ti-ty jenkka OR Talgoxen (Finnish mixer, couples in circle all hands joined)
Schottis step is (step step step lift)
Dance starts w/ L foot. 8 schottis steps to L in big circle (never repeated).
2 schottis steps toward center and 2 schottis steps back out of center.
Drop hands W 2 schottis steps to center & 2 out while M clap.
M 1 schottis step to center and stamp stamp stamp while taking shoulder hold, progress in circle to L with 6 schottis steps; at the same time W take 8 schottis steps in place while swinging back and forth L, R, L, ...
M find the closest W and take skaters front hold; with this new partner take 8 schottis steps in LOD, at the end forming a big circle. Start again with 2 schottis steps to Center.

Totur fra Himmerland (Danish set dance for 2 couples)
Chorus: cross over & back with step close, 5 step hops, step step step while turning R 1 and half turns, W pass L shoulders, M pass in center after a half turn.
Verses with step hops are: 1-circle L & R, 2-R & L star, 3-front basket R over L under, 4-couple buzz.
Dance goes verse - chorus 3 times and finishes just with verse.

Trava (Swedish couple dance)
Done to fast polka music when snoa pivots become hard to do.
Walking on every beat starting with outside foot.
Turning CW in polska hold: M - step L around W (1) both (2) R forward (1) step L around W (2) both (1) R forward (2)
W - both (1) step forward R (2) step L around M (1) both (2) step forward R (1) step L around M (2).

Tretur fra Himmerland (Danish set dance for 2 couples)
Verse 1- circle L 8 & R 8
Chorus 1- cross over with Step close and 5 step lifts and step step step W passing L Shoulders first in center M passing 2nd turning 1 1/2 turns to R in all and then cross back
Verse 2 -  R hand star for 8, L hand star for 8
Verse 3 - front basket R over L under 8 to left and 8 to right
Verse 4 - couple buzz
Chorus 2 - 16 counts of Rs and Ls starting with partner.
The dance is: verse 1, chorus 1, chorus 2, verse 2, chorus 1, chorus 2, verse 3, chorus 1,  chorus 2, verse 4.

Vigga sidstegsschottis (without pivots) (Swedish mixer - couples facing LOD, M on left, inside hands joined)
4 schottis steps starting on outside foot - W trails M with M changing hands and bringing W around his L side and in front of him to end side by side all the while progressing in LOD. On the 5th schottis step the man crosses in front of the woman to the outside turning to face her as he does so. On the 6th schottis step the W passes under the man's raised arm to end up in front of him facing LOD. On the 7th schottis step the M does it in place while turning the W CCW under raised arms so she ends facing out. On the 8th schottis step the M continues turning W CCW turn so that both end up facing toward center of circle. Complete 8 schottis steps individually (this is where you mix) - W (start on R) in, left, out, left, in, left, out, left; M (start on R), wait, R, in, R, out, R, in, R. At the end of last schottis step face LOD and take partner that is close by.

Varsovienne (Norwegian couple dance)
Many different versions of this dance in many different countries.
Pattern 1: In varsovienne hold, M brings W across in front of him with lateral movement, both facing LOD to end with W on inside. Footwork starting on outside foot, step (1) step (2 ) step (3 ) heel forward (1) hold (2, 3). Second half of pattern 1: M brings W across in front of him with lateral movement back to outside ending in original position with same foot work but starting on opposite foot.
Pattern 2: In varsouvienne hold, complete 2 moving mazurka steps starting on outside foot: step (1) step (2) lift (3) followed by first half of pattern 1. Starting on opposite feet, complete 2 moving mazurka steps followed by last half of pattern 1.
Tyrolean vals: Starting with outside foot step forward and slightly away from partner on outside foot (1) step in place (2) step in place (3) turning slightly toward partner to face LOD. Starting with inside foot step forward and turn slightly toward partner (1) step in place (2) step in place (3) turning slightly away from partner to face LOD. Repeat but on the last 2 counts M moves past partner into shoulder waist hold so that he is almost facing backwards while W steps in place.
Dance: Pattern 1, pattern 1, pattern 2, tyrolean vals, take 3 bars of turning waltz steps CW (step- step -close) in shoulder waist hold, M starting on L foot facing backwards and W starting on R foot facing forwards, making a half turn CW in each bar. Take 1 bar of waltz step opening up to assume varsovienne position.