VETTER MICHEL

Austrian

 
PRONUNCIATION: FEH-ter MI-hel
 
TRANSLATION: Cousin Michael
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Vyts Beliajus who taught it at the 1972 Idyllwild Folk Dance Workshop in Idyllwild, California.
 
BACKGROUND: This dance, also known in Germany, is called Feder Mikkal in Denmark.
 
MUSIC: Folkraft (LP) LP 38, side B, band 5.
 
FORMATION:Cpls in a cir in closed ballroom position (ptrs facing, M with R hand on W waist, W L hand on M R shoulder, W R hand in M L hand and held out to side approximately shoulder-high, arms somewhat rounded. The slide steps may be danced as "gallop" steps, with the first step being held slightly longer, creating an uneven rhythm to the step.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: Steps are described for M; W use opp ftwk.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - None.
 
I. FIGURE ONE
 
1Slide L swd to M L (ct 1); close R to L, taking wt (ct &); slide L swd to L (ct 2); close R to L without wt (ct &).
2Repeat action of meas 1 to M R with opp ftwk.
3Slide L swd to M L (ct 1); close R to L, taking wt (ct &); slide L swd to M L (ct 1); close R to L, taking wt (ct &);
3Continuing to M L, slide L swd to M L (ct 1); close R to L, taking wt (ct &); slide L swd to M L (ct 1); close R to L without wt (ct &).
5-8Reverse action of meas 1-4 beg to M R.
 
II. FIGURE TWO
 
1Releasing hands, but continuing to face ptr, slide L swd to M L (ct 1); close R to L, taking wt (ct &); slide L swd to L (ct 2); close R to L without wt (ct &);
2Hop L, swinging R across in front of L and above floor and clapping own hands (ct 1); hop L again, swinging R out to R and clapping own hands (ct 1);
3-4Repeat action of meas 1-2 to M R with opp ftwk.
5-6Resuming ballroom dance pos, dance two polka steps turning CW and moving to L in RLOD. (M: step L (ct 1); close R to L (ct &); step L (ct 2); pause (ct &); low hop on L (ct uh). Repeat with opp ftwk.
7-8Dance 4 pivot steps, moving in RLOD (M step L around W R as W steps R between M ft, then W step L around M R as M steps R between W ft, and repeat for two more cts).
1Repeat action of meas 1-8.
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.
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