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Learn how to perform Traditional Folk Dances of Germany with this 15-page instruction booklet, which includes diagrams of basic dance steps. Folk dances included in this booklet: - Alfelder - Black Forest Mazurka - Catherine's Wedding - D'Hammerschmiedsg'selln - Grosser Lechterrum - Jaegermarsch (Bavarian Mixer) - Polka zu Dreien - Puttjenter - Rheinlaender for Three - Waltz Mazurka. Traditional Folk Dances of Germany is provided as a PDF file for easy downloading and printing.
We’ve Got It! www.megadox.com TRADITIONAL GERMAN DANCES (see attached Description of Basic Dance Steps for directions for steps called for in the dances) ALFELDER Formation: 3 dancers in a line, man in the middle, woman on each side of him. One line facing clockwise and one counterclockwise around a large circle. Figure I: The circle moves clockwise 8 steps, then 8 steps back into place, falling back in line. Figure II: The men hook right elbows and walk around each other 4 steps. They each meet their own “right” girl with left elbow and turn, 4 steps; meet own “left” girl with right elbow and turn, 4 steps; back in line in 4 steps. Figure III: Bow to opposite trio, equivalent of 4 steps; then all trios, in lines, pass through their opposite trio, dropping hands as they go through and passing right shoulders with the person they face in the opposite line - passing through in 8 steps. Bow to opposite line, equivalent of 4 steps. -2- BLACK FOREST MAZURKA Formation: Double circle, men on the inside. Inside hands joined, free hands on hips, face counter-clockwise. Figure I: Both start with outside foot. One Waltz Step forward, slightly away from partner, arms swinging forward and up. One Waltz Step forward, turning in toward partner, arms swinging downward and back in rhythm with the music. Release hands. With one Waltz Step, make a complete turn away from partner (man’s left, woman’s right) and face. Each dancer claps their hands 3 times. Repeat this figure. Figure II: In ballroom position, take 2 Mazurka Steps, both starting on outside foot. (Step on outside foot, step on inside foot and hop on inside foot; repeat). Still in ballroom position, circle counter-clockwise in place with 6 running steps, backwards for the men, forward for the women. Repeat this figure. Repeats: Repeat all as many times as necessary. -3- CATHERINE’S WEDDING Formation: Partners facing. Directions are for man, woman’s part is in reverse except when specifically noted. Measures: 1-2: Clap own hands, clap partner’s right hand, clap partner’s left hand, clap both of partner’s hands. 3-4: Join hands outstretched shoulder height. Both beginning left, take 4 step-hops turning clockwise. Then repeat measures 1-4. 5-6: Partners face, right hands joined. Beginning left, man takes 4 waltz steps in line of direction while woman, beginning right, turns clockwise twice under her right arm with 4 waltz steps. 7-8: Closed position. Take 4 waltz steps turning clockwise. Repeat measures 5-8. 9: Couple position. Beginning left, balance away from partner and balance toward partner, progressing in line of direction. 10: Beginning left, take 2 waltz steps making one complete turn away from partner, progressing in line of direction. 11-12: Repeat measures 9-10 moving forward. 13-16: Partners face reverse line of direction, inside hands joined. Beginning right, repeat measures 9-12, moving in reverse line of direction. -4- D’HAMMERSCHMIEDSG’SELLN Formation: This is a dance for men only. Make a circle of 4 men (M1 and M3 facing; M2 and M4 facing). Clap Pattern: Two measures. Clap both hands on own thighs, on own chest, in own hands, clap in each other’s right hands, in each other’s left hands, in each other’s both hands (thighs, chest, own, right, left, own) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). A. 1-16 M1 and M3 do clap pattern, beginning on first beats of measure 1 (beats 1, 2, 3). M2 and M4 do clap pattern, beginning on beat of measure 2 (beats 4, 5, 6). Circle Left & Right: The four dancers join hands to form circles of four - B. 1-8 clockwise around with step-hops. 9-16 Circle counter-clockwise around. Then repeat Clap pattern. Right & Left Star: B. 1-8 Sets make Right-hand Star and turn clockwise with step-hops. 9-16 Sets make Left-hand star and turn counter-clockwise with step-hops. Then repeat Clap pattern. Big Circle: All dancers form one big circle. A. 1-8 Clockwise around with step-hops. 9-16 Counter-clockwise around. -5- GROSSER LECHTERRUM Formation: Couples circle, all facing center. Measures 1-8: All circle left with 8 Step-Hops. Repeat, this time circling right with 8 Step-Hops. CHORUS: 9-11 Closed dance position, man’s back to center of circle. 3 Schottische steps in line of direction. Man’s left and woman’s right hands are held in usual position on first steps, brought in close to the chest on the second and back to original position on the third. 12 While dancing one Schottische steps, man leads partner from his right to his left side so she is facing in the opposite direction and left hands are joined. 13-16 Grand left and right while dancing a Schottische step. Pass partner on the first step. Right hand to second and pass. Left hand to third and pass. Move up to fourth person and again take closed dance position as in Measure 9. Repeats: Repeat the entire pattern of Measures 9-16. Figure II: Partners join right hands - 8 Step-Hops right, change to left hands and 8 Step-Hops in the other direction. Then CHORUS. Figure III: Partners join both hands to form a small circle. Circle left, then right with 8 Step-Hops each way. Then CHORUS. Figure IV: Back hand grasp. Partners link right elbows and join hands behind the back. Go forward with 8 Step-Hops, then backward, but do not release back hand grasp. Then CHORUS. Figure V: End with the large circle left and right as at the beginning. NOTE: Step-Hops are used in the first 8 measures or the verse part. Schottische steps are used in measures 9-16 or the chorus part. -6- JAEGERMARSCH (BAVARIAN MIXER) Formation: Couples in a circle, side by side, inside hands joined, facing counterclockwise. Figure I: Measures 1-16 All promenade around circle with walking steps. Figure II: Measures 17-32 Release partners, men continue counterclockwise clapping on the beat of the music, while woman turn back, moving clockwise on outside of men’s circle, clapping on the off-beat. Figure III: Measures 33-48 (waltz) Men take the nearest woman as partner and waltz anywhere about the floor, ending in a circle to begin again. Repeat as above, except that Figure 2 changes each time as follows: Second time: Men turn back on inside, clockwise, while women continue counterclockwise, clapping as before. Third time: Men face center, join hands to make arches. Women join hands in a line, one woman leading, and weave in and out of arches, moving counterclockwise. Fourth time: Same as third time, but women make arches, while men weave counterclockwise. -7- POLKA ZU DREIEN Formation: Sets of 3, man with a woman on each side. Face counterclockwise. Join inside hands with elbows bent easily thus bringing clasped hands about shoulder height. Women’s free hands on hips. Figure I: All start with right foot. Heel-and-toe in counterclockwise direction, then 3 small running steps in same direction. Repeat with left foot, then right, and again left, 4 times in all. Use final 3 running steps all turn left in place, releasing hands. Facing clockwise, rejoin hands and repeat the figure. Figure II: Using final 3 running steps of last figure to get in position, form right hand star and do 8 polkas clockwise. Reverse to left hand star and repeat circling polkas counterclockwise. Straighten line and join hands, facing counterclockwise as in Figure I. Repeat Figure I. Figure III: All join hands, circle left with 8 polka steps, then circle right with 8 polka steps. -8- PUTTJENTER Formation: Square of 4 couples. Measures: A. 1-4: Circle Eight - Circle left with 8 walking steps. 5-8: Circle left to place with 8 walking steps. Chorus: B: 1-4: Face corners, stamp in place 3 times; clap own hands 3 times, then join both hands with corner and swing once around clockwise with 4 skips. 5-8: Face partner and repeat stamp, clap with two-hand swing pattern of measur
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