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SLAVIC FOLK DANCES
(see attached Description of Basic Dance Steps for directions for steps called for in the
CZECH REPUBLIC (CZECHOSLOVAKIA)
Formation: This dance may be done either in one big circle or
several smaller circles scattered about the floor. This
description is for the big circle version of the dance.
Figure I: Take partners in ballroom position and do a regular
polka around the circle, one couple following
another. This should be a rather heavy two-step
Figure II: Man puts his right arm around the woman’s waist as
they stand side by side. Woman puts her left hand on
man’s right shoulder. Alternatively, dancer can hook
inside elbows or hold inside hands. The man puts his
left hand on the shoulder of the man ahead to close
the circle. All dancers should move slightly sideways
to the center to close up the circle. Once the circle is
formed, all march forward for 32 walking steps -
traditionally the dancers would sing as well.
Figure III: The men face center as the women drop behind their
partners. Women turn about-face to face clockwise
and polka round the circle of men, while the men
clap hands in rhythm:
Clap hands twice (count 1). Extend both palms
outward to side and clap hands with neighboring
man on both sides once (count 2). Continue this
rhythm of 2 fast claps on own hands and once on
At the end of this figure, the men turn around and
take as their partner the woman behind them and
resume the dance from beginning. If any dancer is
without a partner, that dancer goes to the center to
find a partner.
Formation: Double circle, men with back to center of room,
women facing men, both hands joined. Man begins
with left foot, woman with right foot.
Figure I: Partners move to woman’s right with one schottische
(a) step - 4 counts (accent 3rd count with stamp).
(b) Move to girl’s left with one schottische - 4 counts.
(c) 4 step-hops in place.
Repeat (a) through (c).
Chorus: Keep hold of hands, and each place own left hand
(a) and partner’s right on own left hip standing right side
to right side with partner. Beginning with the outside
foot (man’s left, woman’s right), take 8 running steps,
moving around together in a clockwise circle. Lean
well away from partner.
(b) Beginning with a stamp on the inside foot (man’s
right, woman’s left), take 8 hops moving backwards
with partner in small counterclockwise circle.
Repeat (a) and (b) of Chorus.
Figure II: Double circle, partners facing. Release hands and
(a) place on hips with knuckles inward. Move backward
with 4 heel-and-toe steps, starting man’s left foot,
woman’s right foot (16 counts).
(b) Move forward towards partner with 4 heel-and-toe
steps, starting man’s left foot, woman’s right 916
Repeat (a) and (b).
Heel and toe step: To be performed while moving backward and
forward. Instructions are for the man; woman moves
forward first, then backward.
1. Hop on left foot, touch right heel forward.
2. Hop on left foot, touch left heel forward.
3. Hop on right foot, touch left heel forward.
4. Hop on right foot, touch left toe forward.
Repeat 3 times, at the same time moving backward
on the hops.
Repeat all, moving forward on the hops.
Formation: Partners facing, inside hands joined, outside foot free.
1-2: Two balance steps, starting with outside foot, turning
slightly back to back, then face to face with partner
as joined inside hands are swung forward, then
3-4: Two waltz steps, releasing hands and turning away
from partner with one outward turn. Finish in ballroom
dance position, man’s left and woman’s right foot
5-6: Two step-draw steps sideways to man’s left, without
transferring weight on last count.
7-8: Two step-draw steps sideways to man’s right, without
transferring weight on last count. Finish with man’s left
and woman’s right foot free.
9-16: Eight waltz steps turning clockwise with partner,
Formation: Partners face, two hands joined. Directions are for the
man, woman’s part is reverse.
Measure 1: Beginning left, take one draw step to left.
2: Step left to side (count 1), release man’s left hand,
woman’s right, pivot on left back to back, swinging
joined hands and right foot forward (counts 2-3). Join
other hands shoulder high. Release right hand.
3: Begin right, take 1 draw step in line of direction.
4: Step right to side, touch left to right, weight remaining
5-8: Begin left, repeat measures 1-4 in reverse line of
direction. In measure 6, joined hands are swung down
and back as partners pivot, bringing them face to
9-16: Repeat measures 1-8.
Figure II: Partners face, inside hands joined, outside hands on
1: hip. Beginning left, take 1 draw step in line of direction
2: Man repeats draw step to left as woman turns
clockwise once with 2 steps (right-left) under man’s
right arm (count 1, hold, 1-3).
3-4: Repeat measures 1-2 of this figure. On last draw, man
touches right to left, woman takes 3 steps in the turn
5-8: Man beginning right, woman left, repeat measures 1-
4 of this figure in reverse line of direction.
9-16: Repeat all of Figure II.
Figure III: Skating - promenade position. Beginning left, take 1
1: waltz step forward in line of direction.
2: Take 1 waltz step turning toward partner to face
reverse line of direction. Movement continues in line
3-4: Take 2 waltz steps backward, moving in line of
5-8: Repeat measures 1-4 of this figure in reverse line of
9-16: Repeat all of Figure III.
Figure IV: Waltz - closed position. Beginning left, take 1 draw
1-2: step to side, step left to side, touch right to left, weight
remaining on left.
3-4: Beginning right, repeat measures 1-2 to right side.
5-8: Take 4 waltz steps, turning clockwise, progressing in
line of direction.
9-16: Repeat all of Figure IV.
Formation: Double circle. Man with back to center. Partners
facing and with both hands joined.
Figure I: Man starts forward, away from center of circle on left
foot, woman starts backwards on right foot. Take 3
walking steps and hop on foot taking third step (like a
schottische step). Repeat, this time man moving
backward to center of circle, starting with his right
foot, woman with left foot. Again man moves
forward, woman backward. After final hop, man
touches right toe lightly in front, to his right, and closes
in place beside left. Woman’s left toe touches front,
to her left, and in place.
Figure II: Releasing hands, each takes 3 steps away from
partner, starting with right foot to own right and
hopping after third step (schottische step again).
Return to position facing partner with 3 steps starting
with left foot to own left, hopping on foot that takes
third step, swinging free foot across. Join right hands
and hold them high, free hands on hips. Balance
toward partner, away from partner. With 3 walking
steps, right-left-right, change places with partner,
passing right shoulders, turn and face.
Repeat from beginning of Figure II, thus resuming
original places to join hands and repeat Figure I.
Origins: Korobushka means “little peddler”. Traditionally in
Figure II, partners would extend arms at shoulder level
as they move back and toward each other as if
displaying their peddler’s packs.
Formation: Sets of 3, man in center, woman on each side. All
face counterclockwise, with inside hands joined and
held shoulder high. Women’s free hands on hips.
Figure I: All start with right foot. 8 running steps
counterclockwise. 8 running steps backward in
Figure II: Keeping hands joined with man, woman on right runs
in front of him and under arch formed by him and
left-hand woman, then back to place. 8 running steps
in all. The other two steps in place, man turning under
his own left arm as right-hand woman returns to
place. Repeat with woman on left running under arch
formed by man and right-hand woman.
Figure III: Each tri