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Békési Páros

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BACKGROUND

Information: A dance.

Andor Czompo, arranged this incredibly beautiful dance in 1966. Quoting the dance descriptions: "Original research done by Rábai Miklós, Choreographer of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, and George Manninger, folklorist."

Translation: Couple dance from Békés county

Pronunciation: BAY-kay-shee PA-rosh

Region: Hungary

Meter: 4/4

Formation: Couples: Man holds woman's shoulder-blades, woman holds man's shoulders.


BARS ACTION

1.   Up-down.
1-3 No action. Bend knees slightly (ct 4 of bar 3).
4-6 Flex knees (cts 2,4); straighten knees (cts 1,3). Face: to R (cts 1), to L (cts 3).
7 Step to R onto ball of R ft, knees straight (ct 1), step across R ft onto L ft, knees flexed (ct 2), step by L ft onto R ft, knees straight (ct 3), flex knees (ct 4).
8 Repeat action of bar 7 with opposite footwork.
9-12 Repeat action of bars 7-8, 3 times in all.
 
2.   Hop, hop, Cifra.
1 Hop on L ft and swing R ft across L ft with R heel pointed to L and bent L knee (ct 1), hop on L ft and swing R ft to R with R heel pointed to R and R knee still bent (ct 2).
       Dance a cifra R: stamp in place onto: R ft, L ft, R ft (cts 3,&,4).
2 Repeat action of bar 1 with opposite footwork.
3 Dance 2 heel-cifras (R and L), swinging R ft to side in preparation for next step.
       Heel-cifra R: = stamp in place onto R ft, L heel, R ft (cts 1,&,2).
4 Step in place onto R ft, clicking R heel against L heel and swinging L ft to L (ct 1), hop on R ft (ct 2), step in front of R ft onto L ft (ct 3), step behind L ft onto R ft (ct &), step in front of R ft onto L ft (ct 4).
5-6 Repeat action of bar 4, 3 times on all.
7-12 Repeat action of bars 1-6.
 
3.   Step-hops. Release handhold. Man's R hand holds woman's L hand; man's L hand behind his back; woman's R hand on her hip, fingers forward.
1 Step-hop back onto: R ft, L ft (cts 1,2,3,4).
2 Step-hop: behind L ft onto R ft, behind R ft onto L ft (cts 1,2,3,4).
3 Dance 2 heel-cifras (R and L).
4 Change places with partner, passing R shoulders and holding R hands joined and down, with 2 more step-hops, starting onto R ft.
5-6 Repeat action of bars 2-3.
7-12 Repeat action of bars 4-6, 3 times in all. Resume shoulder - shoulder-blade position.
 
4.   Bokazo and Rida.
1-3 With a small hop on L ft, touch R toe before L ft with R knee turned out and bent and R heel pointed to L (ct 1), jump to R (90o CCW) onto both feet, pigeon-toed (ct 2), jump in place onto both feet with heels together and knees straight (ct 3), jump in place onto both feet, pigeon-toed (ct 4), jump in place onto both feet with heels together and knees straight (ct 1), hold (ct 2), repeat all of the above with opposite footwork and turning 90o CW (cts 3,4,1,2,3,4).
4-6 Repeat action of bars 1-3.
7-8 Dance 4 upbeat/open ridas to R (turning CCW): step to R onto R ft (cts 1,3), step to R across R ft onto L ft, flexing knees (cts 2,4).
9 Repeat action of bars cts 1-3 of bar 1 (cts 1-3), hold (ct 4).
10-12 Repeat action of bars 7-9 with opposite footwork and direction.
 
  Repeat the dance. Start with figure 1, bars 4-6 twice, instead of waiting.

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