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Brâulețul

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BACKGROUND

Information: A dance.

Translation: The little belt dance.

Pronunciation: bree-oo-LET-soo

Alternate spelling: Brîulețul.

Source: Melissa learned this dance in Australia some years ago and we thank her for sharing it with us.

Region: Romania

Formation: Lines, hands joined and down. No introduction.


BARS ACTION

1.   Forward and back.
1 Run forward 3 steps onto: R ft, L ft, R ft (cts 1,2,3), hop on R ft, kicking L ft forward, back in front of R shin, and forward (a "butterfly kick") (ct 4).
2 = 1 with opposite footwork, running backwards.
3-6 = 1-2, 3 times in all.
7-8 = cts 3-4 of bar 1, 4 times in all, using opposite footwork each time (cts 1-2,3-4,1-2,3-4).
 
2.   3, 3, 1, 1, 3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 3.
1 Hop on L ft and touch R toe in front of L ft while pointing R heel to L (ct 1), hop on L ft and touch R toe diagonally forward to R with R heel pointed somewhat to R (ct 2), hop on L ft and touch R toe in front of L ft while pointing R heel to L (ct 3), leap in place onto R ft, kicking L ft up in back slightly (ct 4).
2 = 1 with opposite footwork.
3 Hop on L ft and touch R toe forward (ct 1), leap in place onto R ft, kicking L ft up in back slightly (ct 2), hop on R ft and touch L toe forward (ct 3), leap in place onto L ft, kicking R ft up in back slightly (ct 4).
4 = 1.
5-8 = 1-4 with opposite footwork.

1-32 Repeat dance from the beginning, 9 1/2 times in all, substituting the following ending into the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th repetitions (whenever you hear the violinist during the 3's).
 
  Flashy hesitation ending.
7 = normal ending, except: jump in place onto both feet "pigeon-toed" (ct 4).
8 Straighten legs and smash heels together as you jump in place onto both feet (ct 1), hold (cts 2,3), stamp in place onto L ft, kicking R ft up in back slightly (ct 4).

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