PRONUNCIATION: nahsh-LEESS TRANSLATION: The widower SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Vyts Beliajus, a Lithuanian immigrant who has been called the "Father of Folk Dancing in the United States," who introduced this dance in America. BACKGROUND: This is a type of musical chairs. Many couples follow a lone widower, then each one takes turn to swing a girl. When the music stops, the one remaining without a partner is the next widower." -- From Folkraft LP-35 jacket notes. MUSIC: Folkraft (LP) LP-35, "Viltis Lithuanian Folk Dances," side B, band 9. FORMATION: Column of cpls facing the same dir, each W on M R, with one M (the "widower") alone at the head of the column. Ptrs have inside hands joined and free hands down at sides. METER/RHYTHM: 4/4 STEPS/STYLE: SWING: In Lithuanian Pos, ptrs facing opp dir with R sides adjacent, M R arm in front of W and R handholding her waist and L handholding W L upper arm, W R hand on M L shldr and L hand holding her skirt, walk CW while revolving in place.
Style is ralaxed.
MEAS MOVEMENT DESCRIPTION INTRODUCTION None. I. WALKING 1-12 The "widower" leads the column anywhere on the floor with walking steps. II. SWINGING 1-?? The "widower" takes the first W in back of him and Swings her around once or twice.
The "widower" releases the first W and, while he Swings the next W in the column, The first partnered M in the column, who has followed the "widower" around the set, Swings the first W.
The "widower" and the first M release their ptrs and Swing the next W as the third M in the column swings the first W.
The Swinging continues until the music stops . . . at which point the M who was rounding the head of the set and who is without a ptr becomes the next "widower."
Repeat entire dance from beg with the new "widower" heading the column.
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