Foreningen Til Folkedansens Fremme Danish Folk Dances (Classic Reprint)

Danish Folk Dances (Classic Reprint)

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Whenever the description call for waltz, polka, step-hop, or hopsa, couples take waltz position, the man placing his right arm around the girl's waist, taking her right hand in his left, grasping it with the back of her hand in his palm, and stretching the arms directly downward. The girl places her left hand on his right arm between the elbow and the shoulder. In this position they always dance, turning right about continuously and moving to the right round the room.

Hip and shoulder hold. - Couples face each other, the man puts his hands on the girl's waist just above the waist line, and the girl puts both hands on his shoulders with arms stretched.

Shoulder grasp. - The dancers grasp partner or those on either side by the shoulder.

Wrist grasp. - In forming a star the wrist grasp is sometimes used. Each of the four dancers grasps the wrist of the one in front of him.

Curtsey. - If curtseying with the right foot behind, the girl bends the right knee and sinks slowly downward and backward, then rises slowly. The left knee is bent slightly. This is not the short curtsey often seen in Country Dances.

Grand Right and Left. - Partners face each other and move round the circle in the direction in which they are facing, giving right hand to partner, left to the next and so on until reaching own places.

Star. - Two dancers face each other. If they are in a line in which the men are on one side and the girls on the other, each man joins right hands with the girl diagonally opposite him. If couples are opposite each other as in a quadrille, the men join right hands with each other, and the girls join right hands above the men's.

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