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[hah-ling, hal-ing] /ˈhɑ lɪŋ, ˈhæl ɪŋ/
a vigorous, athletic, Norwegian folk dance.
1865-70; < Norwegian, short for Hallingdal place known for this dance Unabridged
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vigorous Norwegian folk dance for couples. The name derives from Hallingdal, a valley in southern Norway. Two or three males may dance in rivalry, performing difficult leaps, kicks, and other acrobatic stunts to demonstrate vigour and virility. The halling is one of a number of European folk dances-among them the Ukrainian hopak and the Alpine Schuhplattler-in which the male dancer shows off for his partner.

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