SPRING FROG DANCE
Knee-Deep (Spring Frog) Dance
"tustu", onomatopoetic for voice of the diminutive tree frog, or spring peeper.
First Movement---Two parallel lines of men and women circle counterclockwise in a slow, shuffling step. Each line has a singing leader, one of whom uses a gourd rattle after singing two songs; he is followed by a woman partner with turtle leg-rattles. At one side is a drummer, who does not sing, but all the dancers participate in the singing.
Second Movement---At change of song to quick time, all the dancers reverse direction.
Third Movement---The first movement is resumed.
The dance is popular for relaxation and sociability, and women are especially invited to particpate.
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