Today we go to Denmark in Scandinavia for our folk dances.
This Danish dance is one that is commonly used in the primary school classroom. My students loved it—lots of laughing. You’ll see why. Seven Jumps:
Bitte Mand i Knibe (Little Man in a Fix) has some interesting configurations:
Familie Sekstur (Family Circle) is a courtly dance that includes a grand right and left:
Masquerade starts out sedately, but the meter keeps changing, and soon there’s lively foot stomping:
Hornfiffen (Hornpipe) is a sailor’s dance:
In Sønderhoning, couples alternate between a promenade and a turning figure:
Totur is another mixer that uses the grand right and left. You also get to yell “Hey!”
I’m not sure if Jyllinge is the name of this dance or the place the video was filmed, but here is a nice student performance:
It was like listening to German folk music.
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Yes, I thought so, too. It sounds very much like German music, like the little shout at the beginning of Bitte Mand i Knibe.