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TINKLING DANCE

TWO PEOPLE HOLD TWO BAMBOO POLES CLOSE TO THE GROUND. THEY
CLACK THE POLES TOGETHER--CLICKETY-CLACK, CLICKETY-CLACK--
FASTER AND FASTER AS YOU HOP IN AND OUT BETWEEN THE POLES.
YOU HAVE TO KEEP TIME WITH THE CLICKETY-CLACK, OR THE POLES
WILL CATCH YOUR FEET.

Submitter comment: THIS DANCE IS FOUND IN THE PHILIPPINES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Couple

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ROAD TO THE ISLE (ENGLISH)

THIS IS AN ENGLISH COUPLE DANCE.
1. PARTNERS ARE FOUND, AND THE GROUP STANDS IN A CIRCLE,
WITH EACH PERSON NEXT TO HIS PARTNER.
2. PARTNERS ASSUME A SKATER'S WALTZ POSITION.
3. START WITH THE LEFT HEEL OUT. BRING THE LEFT FOOT
BEHIND THE RIGHT. STEP TO THE SIDE WITH THE RIGHT. STE
FORWARD WITH THE LEFT FOOT.
4. NOW THE RIGHT HEEL GOES OUT, AND THE RIGHT FOOT GOES
BEHIND THE LEFT. STEP TO THE SIDE WITH THE LEFT AND FORWARD
WITH THE RIGHT.
5. HEEL-TOE WITH THE LEFT FOOT.
6. FROM POSITION 5, SLIDE-TOGETHER-SLIDE WITH THE LEFT FOOT
AND SLIDE-TOGETHER-SLIDE WITH THE RIGHT.
7. PIVOT, AND FACING THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, SLIDE
TOGETHER-SLIDE WITH THE LEFT.
8. AGAIN PIVOT GOING IN THE ORIGINAL DIRECTION, AND
SLIDE-TOGETHER-SLIDE WITH THE RIGHT.
9. BEGIN AGAIN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; FOLK DANCE CLUB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Couple

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CSHEBOGAR (HUNGARIAN)

1. TAKE 8 SLIDE STEPS TO THE LEFT.
2. TAKE 8 SLIDE STEPS TO THE RIGHT.
3. SKIP 4 STEPS INTO THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE.
4. SKIP 4 STEPS BACK TO THE CIRCLE'S EDGE.
5. PARTNERS HOOK ELBOWS AND WITH ARMS ABOVE THE HEAD,
DO THE HUNGARIAN TURN
6. PARTNERS FACE EACH OTHER, JOIN HANDS, AND TAKE 4 STEPS
INTO THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE.
7. FOUR SLIDE STEPS BACK INTO PLACE.
8. TWO SLIDES INTO THE CENTER AND 2 BACK.
9. REPEAT THE TURN.
10. END THE DANCE WITH A SHOU!

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: FOLK DANCE CLUB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Couple

Date learned: 07-08-1964

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SHOEMAKER'S DANCE

FORMATION: A DOUBLE CIRCLE FACING YOUR PARTNER
THIS DANCE IS DONE TO AN RCA VICTOR RECORD, NUMBER 6173.
FOLLOWING ARE THE MOTIONS:
1. WIND THREAD FORWARD THREE TIMES.
2. PULL OUTWARD TWICE AS IF PULLING THREAD.
3. CLAP THREE TIMES.
4. REPEAT
5. POUND FIST THREE TIMES (AS IF POUNDING A NAIL)
6. TURN SO YOU ARE STANDING BESIDE PARTNER.
7. EVERYONE JOINS HANDS AND TAKES SIXTEEN HIGH STEPS
TO THE RIGHT.

Submitter comment: CHILDREN LIKE THIS DANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Couple

Date learned: 07-08-1964

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POLISH TRADITION

AT A POLISH WEDDING THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE PUTS A WEDDING APRON
ON THE BRIDE AND TAKES OFF HER VEIL AND PUTS IT ON THE NEXT GIRL
TO BE MARRIED.
THE BRIDE AND GROOM THEN DANCE AS HUSBAND AND WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Couple
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle Crucial Moment in Life
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

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DANCE

SETS IS AN IRISH DANCE, SOMEWHAT LIKE A SQUARE DANCE. IT IS DONE
WITH SIX COUPLES. THERE ISN'T A CALLER, BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN
KNOWN STEPS DONE IN A PARTICULAR SERIES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Couple
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Group

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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BROOM DANCE PARTY GAME

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG TEENAGER, WE USED TO PLAY A GAME
WITH A BROOM AT ALL OF THE PARTIES. WHEN THE MUSIC
STARTED, THE COUPLES WOULD START DANCING. ONE PERSON
WOULD DANCE WITH A BROOM AND PASS IT AROUND TO THE
OTHER PEOPLE DANCING. WHEN THE MUSIC STOPPED, THE
PERSON CAUGHT WITH THE BROOM IS "OUT." THE GAME
CONTINUES UNTIL THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON LEFT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Couple
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 04-04-1972

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