Skandia CD, track 32
|Credible English Title||Sønderho Dance.|
|U.S. Source||As learned from Harold Kristensen and as written in Vejledning for Ledere i Folkedans by S. V. Clemmensen, published by Foreningen til Folkedansens Fremme.|
|Category||Individual couple dance.|
|Motivation and application||Recreational, non-perfomance-oriented.|
|Function||Individual couple dance.|
|Character and form||Lilting and dignified.|
|Specific steps||Walking, Sønderho turn.|
|Dance holds||Open Sønderho hold: W's L arm extends straight forward from her elbow, M holds W's L upper hand near her wrist with his R hand; free hands are usually loose at the sides.
Closed Sønderho hold described in text for Sønderho turn, below.
|Formation||Partners in double circle facing LOD (CCW), M on inside.|
1 - 8
In open Sønderho hold, described above, both beginning L, walk 16 steps in LOD. On the last 4 measures, the M can send the W around him CCW, taking a wrist hold when she is back in place again.
9 - 16
|B. Sønderho turn - 5 complete turns (hold final count):
On count 1, the M steps across with L to begin the Sønderho step. While still holding the W's wrist as in the promenade, he brings the W's L hand around behind her and grasps her L fingers with his L hand while she brings her R hand under M's L arm, placing her R hand firmly on his L shoulder blade. Both lean slightly away from the other, aiding in achieving a smooth turn.
Each Sønderho turn step should begin facing in the same direction. In other words, each step makes a complete turn. Cue: L, Both, R.
While turn is in motion, placing the R parallel to L (on "Both") becomes a continuation and completion of each rotation, such that W is always facing LOD (or nearly LOD) as she begins each turn with Both. Cue: Both, R, L.
Note: Since this is a 3-count step danced to 2/4 rhythm, dancers dance over the measures such that in 8 measures, 5 full turns are completed (with one "extra" count of music left over). For the M, the last (extra) count is simply held (on his R foot) by the M so he may begin the promenade on his L. Alternatively, the M could use the final (extra) count to add 2 quick steps in place (LR), leaving his L foot free to begin the promenade. The effect of this M's alternative transition out of turning into promenade is that it feels as though the last turning step is: L, both, RLR (1, 2, 3&4).
W may use the last (extra) count to take a single step onto R, so that she may begin the promenade on her L (parallel footwork in promenade). Alternatively, she could promenade beginning with her R (opposite footwork from M's L-foot lead), and in the turn as she completes her last turning step (both, R, L) she uses the final (extra) count to add 2 quick steps in place (RL), so that she may begin the promenade on her R foot again (opposite footwork). The effect of this W's alternative transition out of turning into promenade is that it feels as though the last turning step is: both, R, LRL (1, 2, 3&4).
Sønderhoning comes from a small island called Fanø off the west coast of Denmark. Historically, the main occupation of the natives was fishing and sea trading. The dance suggests a ship's rising and falling movement across the sea.
|Copyright © 1997 Skandia Music Foundation||Sønderhoning|