Instructor Jennifer Rose teaches a circle game that takes students through a building sequence of seven body movements and discusses its origins in Denmark in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.
Seven Jumps is a traditional Danish dance that is still danced in Denmark today. The version shown in this video segment appears to be a variation taught by Georg Bidstrup, a Danish man who came to North Carolina in 1926 to serve as farm manager of the John C. Campbell Folk School. Bidstrup later served as the school’s director.
In the dance, dancers form a circle and move various body parts in a building sequence. Each movement is done to 16 beats or 16 counts.