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THE FAREWELL DANCE

THIS IS A DANCE THAT WAS DANCED FOR THE BRIDE, JUST BEFORE
THE WEDDING. IT SYMBOLIZES THE ENDING OF HER YOUNG MAIDEN
DAYS, FOR NOW SHE MUST BECOME A WOMAN. TO SYMBOLIZE THIS,
THE DANCE IS DANCED WITH A SINGLE FLOWER HELD BY EACH GIRL
(EACH GIRL HAS A FLOWER).
HERE IN AMERICA, AMONG THE LITHUANIANS, THE DANCE IS
DANCED AT GRAMMAR SCHOOL GRADUATIONS (FROM LITHUANIAN
SCHOOLS); AT DEBUTANTE BALLS TO MARK THE HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATION OF LITHUNIAN GIRLS. THE DEBS DANCE THE DANCE
THEMSELVES.

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle C434.544
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle Crucial Moment in Life
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 03-25-1972

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WEDDING DANCE

THE GUEST(S) LINE UP AND ONE AT A TIME PLACE MONEY IN A LARGE BO; AND THEN DANCE A FEW STEPS WITH THE BRIDE. THEN THE

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HER THIS. THIS CUSTOM IS
PRACTICED AT ALL THE HUNGARIAN WEDDINGS THAT INFORMANT
HAS ATTENDED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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ITALIAN WEDDING DANCE

THE ITALIANS DANCE THE TARANTELLA WITH THEIR GRANDPARENTS
AT EVERY ITALIAN WEDDING.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

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

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THE MOYA

THE MOYA TOOK PLACE AT A WEDDING TO GET MORE MONEY OUT OF THE CHEAPSKATES. WHEN THE OLD GEEZERS GOT DRUNK, THE MEN WOULD THROW SOME MONEY ON THE FLOOR AND SHOUT "MOYA" (SHE'S MINE). THEN THEY'D DANCE WITH THE BRIDE. EACH MAN WHO PAID HAD HIS TURN. WHEN NO ONE HAD ANY MONEY LEFT, THE HUSBAND TAKES THE WIFE AWAY AND THE (Y?) COUNT THE MONEY.

Submitter comment: THIS TOOK PLACE AT THE INFORMANT'S WEDDING IN PUNXUTAWNIE, PENNSYLVANIA ABOUT 26 YEARS AGO. IT SEEMS TO BE A POLISH CUSTOM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

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

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MARRIAGE CUSTOM

AT THE BRIDAL DANCE YOU WOULD COME UP AND PUT MONEY IN THE HAT FOR
THE NEW COUPLE. THIS THEN EARNED YOU THE RIGHT TO DANCE WITH THE
BRIDE.

Submitter comment: THIS IS AN ITALIAN CUSTOM THAT THE INFORMANT PICKED UP AT A WEDDING.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

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

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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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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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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WEDDING CUSTOM

MRS. ST. AMOUR'S MATERNAL FAMILY ALWAYS HAD THE LOHERGRIN WEDDING
MARCH PLAYED AT FAMILY WEDDINGS.

Submitter comment: THE LOHERGRIN HAS BEEN PLAYED FOR FIVE OR SIX GENERATIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle Crucial Moment in Life
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Church F538.21
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: 12-03-1982

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WEDDING SONG

MRS. ST. AMOUR'S MATERNAL FAMILY HAS ALWAYS SUNG "I LOVE YOU TRULY"
BEFORE THE EXCHANGE OF VOWS AT A FAMILY WEDDING.

Submitter comment: THIS SONG HAS BEEN SUNG FOR FIVE OR SIX FAMILY GENERATIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Crucial moment of life Life cycle Crucial Moment in Life
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage F545.990

Date learned: 12-03-1982

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"DOLLAR DANCE"

WHEN A SPANISH COUPLE GETS MARRIED, THEY DO A SPECIAL
DANCE CALLED THE "DOLLAR DANCE." IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
WEDDING RECEPTION, THE BRIDE AND GROOM, THE ONLY COUPLE
ON THE FLOOR, START DANCING. AFTER THEY'VE DANCED A FEW
MINUTES, ANYONE WHO WANTS TO DANCE WITH EITHER THE BRIDE
OR THE GROOM, MUST FIRST PIN AT LEAST ONE DOLLAR ON THEIR
CLOTHES BEFORE THEY START DANCING. SOMETIMES MEN DANCE
WITH THE GROOM AND WOMEN DANCE WITH THE BRIDE INSTEAD OF
DANCING WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX. THE MONEY FROM THE DANCE
IS USED TO PAY FOR THE COUPLE'S HONEYMOON OR TO HELP THE
COUPLE GET STARTED IN THEIR NEW LIFE.

Submitter comment: FIVE YEARS AGO, MY BROTHER AND HIS WIFE HAD A "DOLLAR
DANCE" IN THEIR WEDDING RECEPTION.
THE "DOLLAR DANCE" WAS IN HOLLAND, MICHIGAN.
THE DANCE IS AN ENJOYABLE THING TO WATCH.

Where learned: VIRGINIA ; NORFOLK

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

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