A Barn Dance Repertoire
by Thomas Green
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Swedish Masquerade

Author:  Traditional Danish
Formation: Couple
Difficulty:  1
Style:  Danish

Part 1 (first version of tune, medium-pace march): taking inside hands, couples march forward 8 steps, turn, and march back.
Part 2 (second version of tune, waltz): couples balance away from each other and back, twice, then waltz 4 steps; repeat all that.
Part 3 (third version of tune, brisk polka): balance and back, then polka; repeat.

The second video clip shows variation: in part 2, do all four balances first and then do the waltz; in part 3, do the balances in double time, as little jumps.

This is said to be a parody dance - the Danes making fun of the Swedes.  Encourage the couples to strut proud and tall in part 1, slink elegantly in part 2, and whoop and bounce energetically in part 3.  Get the band to funk the tune up as though go along.

Music:  Own tune