Modern folk dance with ballroom dance steps and latin dance steps

Sailor rhinelander

Golfstrømeren (Golf tram), Calyp-søer (Calypso waves)

Steps: (Cha-cha-cha); walk walk 1 chasse; rock polka

Couple dance, mixer

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Music notes in pdf format,


Melody (violin, accordion)

Mel + 2 voice

Clarinet A

Clarinet B



Melody (violin, accordion)

Mel + 2 voice

Clarinet A

Clarinet B


Jesuita cha-cha-cha

Melody (violin, accordion)

Mel + 2 voice

Clarinet A

Clarinet B


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Steps and figures




Our sailor has been to Caribbean and was inspired to use cha-cha-cha in a traditional Danish type folk dance -resulting in a cha-cha-cha rhinelander poka.

We dance for the pleasure so you are free to select a relaxed informal hold etc.

Maybe we dance on a pitching ship floor, ship deck (this is possible on some passenger boats). This gives a bouncing feeling in body and hips.

Some fiddlers e.g. from the island Læsø played for dancing on the ship deck when they were sailors.


(A traditional Danish rhinelander dance is described with animation figures in dance week 5 on my website of 1999 now placed on:


Dance description


Start: all couples stand in the line of dance (lod) after one another: Lady (L) to the right of Gent (G).



Short description:


Dance in 2 parts:


1a     walk walk  forward + 1side-chasse

1b     walk walk  forward against lod + 1side-chasse

2a     rock rock + turn-chasse ½ turn

2b     rock rock + turn-chasse ½ turn         



Description in detail:


bar no in melody Golfstrømeren

1               Lady (L) left hand (lh) in Gent (G) right hand (rh): 2 walk steps forward (G: lf, rf, L: rf, lf).

2               Turning to face each other: 1 chasse (G: lf rf lf, L: rf lf rf).

3               L rh in G lh: walk against line of dance (lod) 2 steps (G: rf lf, L: lf rf).

4               Turning to face each other: 1 chasse.

5               Close hold, feet apart: weight on front foot (G: lf, L: rf),

                 then weight on the other foot (you ”rock” or “wave” a little as a couple).

6               1 chasse with ½ couple turn.

7-8           Rock + ½ chasse-turn on the opposite side.



Dance steps and dance figures:


The dance is fast so small steps.

If you feel like it then a little cha-cha-cha waving in the hips (the floor is pitching (on a ship)).


Usual rhinelander-polka is danced:         1 chasse + walk walk

Here in Sailor-rhinelander we dance:       walk walk + 1 chasse


Chasse we have on the characteristic cha-cha-cha in the music.

Cha-cha-cha is here in the melody Golfstrømeren on the 3 notes in bar 2, bar 4, etc. see the figure just below.

Cha-cha-cha is in traditional cha-cha-cha melodies in 4/4 measure ”across the bar line” on count 4, 4½, 1, see Jesuita melody.

The tempo is faster than polka. So it fits to stand and bounce the legs and wave the hips.

(It is up to you how much you want to move your hips. Find your style. The important thing is to enjoy yourself).


Sailor-rhinelander dance-description note for note:

gå: go = walk, vug: rock, for-fod: front foot, bag-fod: hind foot, drej: turn

Herre: Gent

walk as in rhinelander forward and turn and walk back;  common close hold  rock and turn around 




Variations, mixer dance in sailor-rhinelander


Variation 1: turn away from each other:

1a     walk walk  forward + 1 chasse starting to turn away from each other

1b     walk walk  back in a curve away from each other + 1 chasse towards each other

2a     rock rock + turn-chasse ½ turn

2b     rock rock + turn-chasse ½ turn         



Variation 2: forward:

1a     walk walk  forward + 1 chasse forward

1b     walk walk  forward + facing each other 1 chasse to the side back

2a     rock rock + turn-chasse ½ turn

2b     rock rock + turn-chasse ½ turn         




Gent dances variation 1 and Lady variation 2;

so when G turn his back to L to curve back, L walks forward to the next G. (Or opposite for G and L)


For the 4 melody lines you can choose:

1       basic sailor-rhinelander

2       variation 1

3       variation 2

4       mixer


or only 1 and 4.




Accordion: 2 + 2 beats pr bar in 2/4; and 4 + 4 pr bar in 4/4 (foreslår jeg (som start) fordi det her er en dansk melodi, (dog med fremmed accent)).

Double bass marks beat 1 as in usual Danish folk dance, and lighter rhythm instruments beat 2.

You find your own style, maybe with Caribbean touch.


3 melodies are attached: Golfstrømeren, Calyp-søer, and Jesuita. Golfstrømeren is for easy learning the dance. Jesuita is for including a true cha-cha-cha melody with start of dance on beat 2 instead of beat 1, which I not use otherwise (see though rhumba in dance 20 Cuban Wriggle).




There are many dance instruction videos with cha-cha-cha, see video list.