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THE ARMENIAN DANCE AT FESTIVE OCCASIONS IS A CIRCLE DANCE.
MEN AND WOMEN FORM THE CIRCLE BY JOINING THE SMALL FINGERS.
THE DANCE CONSISTS OF POINTING FIRST ONE FOOT TOWARD THE
CENTER OF THE CIRCLE, THEN THE SAME WITH THE OTHER FOOT.
AFTER THIS, TWO STEPS ARE TAKEN SO THAT TH CIRCLE GROUP
IS GOING COUNTER-CLOCKWISE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HAS OBSERVED AND PARTICIPATED IN THIS DANCE.
THIS DANCE IS DONE AT ANY FESTIVE OCCASION TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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ITALIAN FOLK DANCE--LABALLARELLA (THE LITTLE DANCE)

DANCE IS DONE TO A FAST AND RHYTHMIC ACCORDIAN MUSIC.
A LARGE CIRCLE OF DANCERS IS FORMED WHO JOIN HANDS AND
DANCE IN A MOVING CIRCLE, WHICH CHANGES DIRECTIONS AFTER
EVERY COMPLETE TURN OF THE CIRCLE, AND EVENTUALLY THE
CIRCLE WILL STOP AND TWO DANCERS WILL BREAK OFF THE
CIRCLE INTO THE MIDDLE AND DO A MORE ELABORATE DANCE
WHILE THOSE IN THE CIRCLE WILL CLAP THEIR HANDS, AND KICK
THEIR FEET TO THE MUSIC. DANCE ALSO CALLED THE "TARANTELLA."

Submitter comment: THIS IS THE AMERICANIZED VERSION OF THE ITALIAN DANCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): TARANTELLA

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

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TROIKA (RUSSIAN FOLK DANCE)

THE RECORD FOR THIS DANCE IS: KOSTYA POLIANSKY & ORCHESTRA
THE GROUP STANDS IN A CIRCLE IN LINES OF THREE WITH HANDS
JOINED. THE DANCE IS AS FOLLOWS:
1. TAKE FOUR QUICK LEAPS ON A DIAGONAL TO THE RIGHT.
2. TAKE FOUR QUICK LEAPS ON A DIAGONAL TO THE LEFT.
3. TAKE EIGHT RUNS FORWARD WHILE STILL IN CIRCLE FORMATION.
4. THE INNER TWO PEOPLE HOLD UP THEIR ARMS WHILE THE
OUTSIDE PERSON GOES IN FRONT OF THE MIDDLE PERSON AND
UNDER THE ARCH--BACK INTO PLACE (8 STEPS) WHILE THE OTHER
TWO FOLLOW THROUGH BY TURNING AROUND.
5. THE INNER PERSON THEN REPEATS NO. 4
6. THE THREE THEN FORM A CIRCLE AND GO TWELVE RUNNING STEPS
TO THE LEFT AND STAMP THREE TIMES.
7. REPEAT SAME CIRCLE FORMATION TO THE RIGHT.
8. NOW IN POSITION TO BEGIN AGAIN.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: FOLK DANCE CLUB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 07-08-1964

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DANISH DANCE OF GREETING

FORMATION: STAND BESIDE PARTNER AND FACE THE CENTER OF THE
CIRCLE.
1. TWO CLAPS AND BOW TO PARTNER.
2. TWO CLAPS AND BOW TO NEIGHBOR.
3. TWO STAMPS AND TURN AROUND IN PLACE.
4. REPEAT NO. 1 TO 3.
5. JOIN HANDS AND RUN 16 STEPS CLOCKWISE.
6. REVERSE DIRECTION AND RUN 16 STEPS

Submitter comment: RUNNING STEPS SHOULD BE HIGH
ORIGIN: FOLK DANCE CLUB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 07-08-1964

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THE KINDER POLKA (GERMAN)

THE CHILDREN FORM AS COUPLES IN A SINGLE CIRCLE. THE COUPLES
FACE EACH OTHER AND JOIN BOTH HANDS--EXTENDING THEIR ARMS
OUTWARD. THEY TAKE TWO SLIDING STEPS INTO THE CIRCLE, STAMP
THREE TIMES, REVERSE DIRECTION, TAKING TWO SLIDING STEPS AND
THEN STAMPING THREE TIMES. FACING THEIR PARTNER, THEY EACH
SLAP THEIR OWN THIGHS, CLAP ONCE, SLAP EACH OTHERS HANDS
THREE TIMES. THEN, EXTENDING THE RIGHT FOOT FORWARD, THEY
REST THE RIGHT ELBOW IN THE LEFT HAND, SHAKE THEIR FINGER
THREE TIMES. THEY REPEAT THE SAME MOTIONS WITH THE LEFT
FOOT AND ARM. NEXT, THEY TURN AROUND IN PLACE, STAMP
THREE TIMES, AND REPEAT THE MOTIONS AGAIN.

Submitter comment: ORIGIN: FOLK DANCE CLUB

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 07-08-1964

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DANCE

JIGS ARE IRISH DANCES. THEY CAN BE DONE BY A SINGLE PERSON OR IN A
LINE. THEY ARE VERY STIFF LOOKING, AS IF THEY ARE DANCED FROM THE
KNEES DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

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

Date learned: 02-00-1979

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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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FRATERNITY SONG "SWEETHEART SONG"

OF ALL THE GIRLS OF COLLEGE YEARS,
THERE'S ONE THAT I'VE LOVED LONG.
FOR ME SHE WEARS THE GOLDEN HEART,
FOR HER I SING THIS SONG.
MY SIGMA PHI EPSILON SWEETHEART,
WONDERFUL SIG EP GIRL.
TRUE AS THE HEART THAT YOU ARE WEARING,
YOU SET MY HEART IN A WHIRL.
VIOLETS AND ROSES, MY HEART DISCLOSES,
SAY THAT YOU LOVE ME TRUE.
MY SIGMA PHI EPSILON SWEETHEART,
WONDERFUL SIG EP GIRL.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG IS DEDICATED TO THE FRATERNITY SWEETHEART. IT IS
TO SHOW THE LOVE THE BROTHERS HAVE FOR THEIR SWEETHEART.
INDIRECTLY, THE SONG SHOWS APPRECIATION TO THE SWEETHEART.
THE SONG IS SUNG AT PARTIES, WITH THE SWEETHEART
BEING ESCORTED AROUND THE CIRCLE OF BROTHERS
BY THE PRESIDENT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Love
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Joy Happiness
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Nostalgia
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Group

Date learned: 10-00-1977

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MACEDONIAN GREEK ORTHODOX WEDDING

BEFORE THE WEDDING, THERE IS A GIFT GIVING
CEREMONY AT THE BRIDE'S HOUSE.
THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE SHARES BREAD AND
WINE WITH THE BRIDE BEFORE THE
GIFTS. THE BRIDE PUTS ON HER WEDDING
DRESS AND IS THEN PRESENTED WITH
GIFTS. THE FATHER IS FIRST TO GIVE A
GIFT, FOLLOWED BY HER FEMALE
RELATIVES. THE GIFTS ARE EITHER GIFTS OF
MONEY OR LINGERIE, EXCEPT FOR
THE FATHER'S GIFT.
WHILE THIS IS TAKING PLACE THE GROOM WAITS IN THE CHURCH. HE IS NOT
ALLOWED TO SEE THE BRIDE UNTIL THE CEREMONY. THE GROOM AT THIS TIME
SIGNS A CONTRACT WITNESSED BY TWO MEMBERS OF THE WEDDING PARTY, THE
"NUNCA" OR GODFATHER AND THE BEST MAN.
WHEN THE CEREMONY BEGINS, EACH MALE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING PARTY WAITS
AS HIS PARTNER WALKS DOWN THE AISLE FROM THE REAR OF THE CHURCH. HE
GREETS HER IN THE CENTER OF THE AISLE.
THEY WALK TO THE ALTAR, BOW THEIR
HEADS. THEY THEN DIVIDE AND STAND ON
OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE ALTAR, THE
MEN ON THE RIGHT AND THE WOMEN ON THE LEFT AS BEING LOOKED AT BY THE
CONGREGATION. SECOND TO LAST ARE THE NUNCAS
OR GODPARENTS OF THE BRIDE
AND GROOM. THE NUNCAS MUST BE A MARRIED COUPLE.
LASTLY THE BRIDE WALKS
DOWN THE AISLE WITH HER FATHER, THEY ARE GREETED
BY THE GROOM ABOUT A
QUARTER OF THE WAY UP THE AISLE WHERE THE FATHER GIVES AWAY THE
DAUGHTER. THE FATHER LIFTS THE VEIL
FROM THE FACE OF THE BRIDE , GIVES
HER A KISS, AND THEN SHAKES THE GROOMS HAND AND SITS DOWN. THE BRIDE
AND GROOM THEN WALK UP TO THE ALTAR WHERE THE NUNCAS AND PRIEST WAIT.
NEXT COMES THE ACTUAL CEREMONY. THE NUNCAS
STAND BEHIND THE BRIDE AND
GROOM, CARRYING CANDLES. ONE OF THE COUPLES IN THE WEDDING PARTY
STAND BESIDE THE BRIDE AND GROOM. THE RING CEREMONY IS FIRST. THE
GROOM PUTS ON THE BRIDE'S RING AND THE
BRIDE PUTS ON THE GROOM'S. THE
PRIEST EXCHANGES THE RINGS THREE TIMES,
A SYMBOL OF THE BLESSED TRINITY,
EACH TIME KISSING THE RING. THE GROOM
THEN SLIPS THE BRIDE'S RING ON HER
FINGER AS HE SAYS HIS VOWS. THEN THE
BRIDE DOES THE SAME. NEXT COMES
THE CEREMONY OF THE CROWNS. THE PRIEST
BRINGS OUT THE CROWNS AND MAKES
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS WITH THEM. NEXT THE BRIDE KISSES THE GROOM'S
CROWN AND THE GROOM DOES THE SAME TO THE BRIDE'S. THIS IS DONE THREE
TIMES. THE PRIEST THEN TOUCHES THE CROWNS
TO THEIR HEADS. HE THEN SWITCHES
THE CROWNS BACK AND FORTH THREE TIMES.
HE PLACES THE CROWNS ON TOP OF THEIR
HEADS. THE CROWNS ARE SYMBOLS OF BEING KING
AND QUEEN OF THE HOUSEHOLD.
THE CROWNS ARE HELD IN PLACE BY THE COUPLE
WHO STAND BESIDE THE BRIDE AND
GROOM. NOW THE NUNCAS GIVE THE BRIDE AND
GROOM THE CANDLES. THE PRIEST,
NUNCAS, BRIDE AND GROOM, AND COUPLE FROM
THE WEDDING PARTY WALK AROUND
THE ALTAR THREE TIMES. THEY ARE NOW MAN
AND WIFE. THEY LEAVE THE CHURCH
HOLDING THE CANDLES, WITH THE WEDDING PARTY
AND FORM A RECEPTION LINE IN
THE VESTIBULE. THE MALE MEMBERS OF
THE BRIDE'S RELATIVES NOW GIVE HER
GIFTS OF MONEY. NEXT IS THE RECEPTION.
AT THE RECEPTION THERE IS EATING
AND DRINKING FOLLOWED BY A TRADITIONAL DANCE.
THE DANCE IS AS FOLLOWS:
A LINE IS FORMED BY EACH PERSON PUTTING HIS
OR HER HAND ON THE OTHER
PERSON'S SHOULDER, ARMS OUTSTRETCHED.
THE FIRST PERSON IS CARRYING ALOAF
OF BREAD. IT LOOKS LIKE A CAKE. THE DANCE
IS DONE BY STEPPING RIGHT WITH THE RIGHT FOOT. NEXT CROSS THE LEFT
FOOT BEHIND THE RIGHT. NOW STEP
TO THE RIGHT AGAIN WITH THE RIGHT FOOT.
NEXT KICK YOUR LEFT LEG OUT IN
FRONT OF YOUR RIGHT THEN RETURN IT TO THE
POSITION IT WAS AT. NOW CROSS
YOUR RIGHT FOOT OVER YOUR LEFT THEN STEP
TO YOUR LEFT WITH YOUR LEFT FOOT.
NOW KICK YOUR RIGHT LEG OVER YOUR LEFT
AND RETURN IT TO ITS POSITION.
REPEAT THESE STEPS. TO GET THE FIRST POSITION
IN LINE YOU MUST WALK UP
AND PUT MONEY ON THE BREAD THEN TAKE IT
FROM THE PERSON. BE SURE NOT
TO DROP IT OR YOU WILL BRING BAD LUCK TO THE COUPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MADISON HEIGHTS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Group
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

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THE ITALIAN WEDDING DANCE

AT A TRADITIONAL ITALIAN WEDDING IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR EVERYONE TO
DANCE THE TARANTELA, AN ITALIAN FOLK DANCE.
THE GROUP GATHERS TOGETHER IN
THE MIDDLE OF A DANCE FLOOR AND DANCES TO A FAST BEAT.

Submitter comment: THE TARANTELA IS FAST MUSIC, BUT I HAVE FOUND OUT THAT DIFFERENT
ITALIAN FAMILIES HAVE THIER OWN STYLE OF DANCE TO THIS MUSIC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Group
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle Crucial Moment in Life

Date learned: 10-24-1982

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Stick Dancing

Five people in a circle, each one holds two four foot sticks.
Then the dance was a sequence where the people would hit the
sticks on the ground then together and then to the person to
each side and then to the center. Each movement required very
specific steps.

Submitter comment: The sticks used were usually bamboo but did not have to be.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

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

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This form of stick dance requires 4 people. Two of the people
hold each end of two poles that are about six to eight feet in
length. The remaining two people then dance with the moving
sticks, stepping in and out of them. It is almost like a form
of jumprope.

Where learned: Yigo ; Guam

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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