|Region Detail||Iwate Prefecture, 16th Century.|
|Formation||Couples. No hold.|
|Dance Structure||(A + B + (C x 2) + D) + (A + B + (E x 2) + D) repeated until the end of the music.|
|Music Structure||2 counts/bar, 6 bar phrases.|
|Music Speed||100 counts/min.|
|Source||Marina Wolstenholme at her SIFD Japanese dance day course at Cecil Sharp House on 2001/10/13. She learnt it from Kiyoshi Kahazawa at York in 1994.|
Disclaimer: Mistakes are quite likely in the notes and no guarantees are made as to accuracy. There may be other versions of the same dance or other dances with the same name. Music may differ, particularly in speed, introduction and duration, between performers. The division into parts, bars & counts might not be standard. These notes of the dance are freely distributable (under GPL or CC-by-sa) in so much as the note's author's contribution but the choreography and/or collection were by other people and so their copyright might apply to the dance itself. Better than using notes, go to a dance class where it is taught.
Both partners do identically the same moves.
These notes are mainly based on how I remembered the dance being taught other than details of its origin which were from Marina's handout and the number of repeats of hand motion in Part B was corrected by a friend's report of a video of the course.
When I first wrote up these notes, I made one serious omission though: the dance speed! When I came back to lead this dance after 9 year gap, I remembered how it looked and had my notes of the sequence but both forgotten the speed and ratio between the step counts and the music beats as the bar divisions are not very clear (my memory is mainly visual). Oops. I did it one way and found it worked nicely as a jolly martial dance. I then worried that I had accidentally done it at double speed and so lead it the next time slower and it worked nicely as a Tai Chi like dance. I contacted Marina & asked her. It turned out that the faster one was correct. However as the accidentally slow one was also enjoyable, albeit wrong & untraditional, I've added that as an option on the end of these notes.
Styling: Forceful but controlled & flowing (although I written it below as a series of discrete moves for convenience) like martial arts.
Summary: Start when the singing starts.
Start immediately the music starts and do the first bar of Part A (knee bends down & up with feet together twice) x 6 (therefore, including the start of the normal Part A which follows, there are 8 knee bends with feet together in total there) with Part A bar 3 coinciding with the start of the music.
I find it easiest to just wait through the first 4 bars and then start with Part A at the beginning of the next phrase.
Summary: Knee bends straightening arms down & opening fist with feet together. Reverse. Repeat with R foot across in front, together, L across infront, together.
|Start||Facing partner. Hands as fists close to body infront of sternum. Feet together. Weight on both feet.|
|2||Repeat bar 1 (bend knees whilst arms go down and fists open).|
|4||Repeat bar 3 but closing R foot to the L foot and taking weight onto both feet.|
|5-6||Repeat bars 3-4 in mirror image on the opposite feet (knee bend etc. whilst L across infront, knee straighten etc. whilst taking weight on R foot, repeat all taking weight on both feet together).|
Summary: R side touch whilst hands circle acw. Ditto but R side step & circle ends with push to the R. Mirror all.
|Start||Facing partner. Hands flat with palms towards partner about 40cm infront of shoulders with elbows down.|
|2||Repeat counts 1-2 except that the R side step now takes the weight and second half of the circle becomes the hands moving horizontally (maintaining the same separation) with palms turning to face R (a pushing R gesture).|
|3-4||Repeat bar 1 in mirror images with opposite feet & hands.|
Summary: Karate pose (R arm horizontal to side with palm down, L forearm up) looking at partner over R shoulder back to back. Reverse arms & looking direction.
Summary: Cross passing R shoulders with (R forwards with R arm forwards & L hand to R elbow, mirror). Turn cw to face with (R forward, L heel touch) whilst arms rotate to R forearm up infront & L hand to R elbow.
|Start||As at end of previous part. No hold.|
|2||Repeat bar 1 with opposite feet and hands (i.e. L step forwards with L arm forwards & R hand to L elbow).|
Coincidentally the final arm position is very similar to a rude gesture in UK culture (the difference being that the hands are flat rather than R as fist and L grasping R arm). This can be considered either unfortunate or amusing :-) .
Summary: Holding L hands. R across infront diving R arm down across infront, reverse.
|Start||Facing partner. Holding L hands.|
Summary: At half speed (unofficial).
By accident when I came back to lead this dance after 9 year gap I found I both forgotten the speed and forgotten to write down the ratio of counts to beats but found it also worked (albeit untraditional of course :-) ) at half the intended speed. I.e. count the music as "1 a 2 a" instead of "1 2 | 1 2". If done flowingly it has a Tai Chi Chuan feel instead of a martial arts feel.