NAŠLYS

Lithuanian

 
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.


MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
 None.
 
I. WALKING
 
1-12The "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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