Different Types of Couple Dances

This table categorizes a number of couple dances by the way the man and the woman move together.

Dance Types

Spin In Place
These dances take place around a fixed spot on the dance floor, with the partners moving around each other. In some of these dances, the partners move the same feet, while in others, they move opposite feet.
In these dances, the partners' movements follow each other as if the opposite feet of the man and the women are tied together (when the man's left foot moves forward, the woman's right foot move back). The music to these dances is usually 2/4 or 4/4. In some of these dances, the first step is taken sideways the line of direction (LOD), while in others, the first step is taken facing or with back to the LOD. Further, some dances are danced in place whereas others move in the LOD
Basic Polska
These dances are usually danced counterclockwiase around the floor to 3/4 music. Here, the partners' steps shifted in phase, with the woman's movements 1 beat ahead of the man's (or two behind). When the man steps around with his left, the woman is generally placing the feet together. In some of these dances, the man steps around the women on the first beat, and in others on the second beat. There appears to be two ways to do S&oring;nderhoning, one as a basic polska and another as an advanced polska, like the Senpolska fr. Torp. We prefer the latter and have placed it there.
Advanced Polska
These dances are also usually danced counterclockwise around the floor to 3/4 music. At least one, Sønderhoning, is danced to 2/4 music. The partners' steps are shifted in phase, this time with the woman's movements 2 beat ahead of the man's (or 1 behind). These dances are more generally more difficult than the basic polska dances because the woman will step forward with the right foot on the same count at which the man is stepping around her with his left. If the man does not anticipate this with a pivot on the right foot, the partners will be struggling to match the dance with the music. In most of these dances, The man steps around the woman on the first beat, but it can happen also on the second beat (Hambopolska fr. S. Dalarna) or on the third beat (Polska fr. Hogdal-Lommeland)

Type Subtype Dances
Spin in place Same feet Leksandslåten
Opposite feet Lejdelåten fr. Norrbärke
Gammeldans and Ballroom In Place Salsa
East Coast Swing
West Coast Swing
Left/Right on Ct 1 Polka
Forward/Back on Ct 1 Waltz
Springdans fr. Hogdal/Lommeland
Försteg in Bondpolska fr. Överhärde
Nightclub Twostep
Box-step Waltz
West Coast Swing
Polska Man: L(1)
Woman: L(3)
Polska fr. Bingsjö
Polska fr. Södra Dalarna
Polska fr. Ore
Slängpolska fr. Malung I
Polska I Turer fr. Idre
Slängpolska fr. Ramsele
Nigpolska fr. Alfta
Skuvpolska fr. Västmanland
Polska fr. Alfta/Arbrå
Senpolska fr. Gimdalen
Man: L(2)
Woman: L(1)
Polska fr. Boda
Polska fr. Orsa
Bondpolska fr. Viksta
Advanced Polska Man: L(1)
Woman: L(2)
Polska fr. Särna (Woman: R(1) L(2) R(2&) L(3))
Polska fr. Älvdalen (Woman: R(1) L(2&) R(3) L(3&))
Polska fr. Transtrand (Woman: R(1) L(2&) R(3) L(3&))
Slängpolska fr. Malung II
Polska fr. Kall
Polska fr. Rörbäcksnäs (Woman: R(1) L(2) R(3) L(3&))
Polska fr. Rättvik
Polska fr. Övre Klarälvsdalen
Storpolska fr. Vemdalen
Polska fr. Åmot
Gammalpolska fr. Delsbo
Senpolska fr. Torp
"Norsk Mazurka" fr. Transtrand
Man: L(2)
Woman: L(3)
Hambopolska fr. S. Dalarna
Man: L(3)
Woman: L(1)
Polska fr. Hogdal-Lommeland


Man: L(1), Woman: R(1): almost always
Man: R(1), Woman: L(1): Boda, Orsa, Hogdal/Lommeland
Man: L(1), Woman: L(1): Bakmes fr. Ragunda, Särna, Transtrand, Boda (variation)

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