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Folk Dance Family Tree (6-Count Pattern)
By Ron Houston

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(Hey, we just planted it! It's not grown, yet!)

Being an attempt to answer the question: "Where did that dance come from?"

(Note, please: S = slow and q = quick)

See also Folk Dance Family Tree (Walking)


Derived from: Walking.

The 6-count pattern:

1 bar with 2 quick beats followed by 1 bar with 1 slow beat or 3 quicker beats (qq,S,S) or (SS,qqq,qqq)

Faeroe step
Branle Simple and Branle Gai, described by Arbeau in 1588
Makellarion Horon pattern: hora, oro, bar, hasapiko, kasapsko, lesnoto oro

Derived from the 6-count pattern (above)

The Hasaposerviko pattern:

Trava Trava
Gaida Gidas

Derived from the 6-count pattern

The Devojačko/Kokonješte pattern:

Dance counts 1-4 in one direction, then with opposite footwork, to get:

1 bar with 2 slow beats followed by 1 bar with 3 faster beats

Devojačko pattern (S-S-qq-S)

Devojačko Kolo
Radikalka = Radikalko Kolo
Radničko Kolo

Devojačko pattern as chorus

Milanovo Kolo
Pleskavac Kolo
John Filcich's 1953 version of Rokoko Kolo
Rumunjsko Kolo
Šetnja, the Macedonian Odeno
Pravo Hora (plural of Horo), Bulgarian

Devojačko pattern, disguised

Sarajevka Kolo
Armenian Hop #1

1 bar with 2 slow counts followed by 3 bars with 3 faster beats

Kokonješte pattern in 2/4, no syncopation:

Arapsko Kokonješte (Kolo) = Stara Baba Stara Je
Čačansko Kokonješte = Zip Zip
Čukaričko Kokonješte = Tčukaričko Kolo
Dorčolka (Kolo)
Jeftanovičevo Kolo
Kozačko Kolo
Mangupsko Kolo (not Mangupsko/Preplet nor Beogradsko Mangupsko Kolo)
Sokobanjska Gajda
Zaječarka = Nova Zaječarka = Darino Kolo

Kokonješte pattern in 2/4, syncopated:

Arapsko Kokonješte (as described by Rickey Holden)
Čuješ Mala = Šušu Mile
Divna, Divna (well, the first half, anyway)
U Šest Koraka = Moravac

Kokonješte pattern in 3/4, no syncopation:

Žikino kolo

Kokonješte pattern in 3, syncopated:

Biserka in 3/8
Bojerka in 6/8
Dick Crum's Hora taught 1991 in Ithaca, New York

Kokonješte pattern in 7/16, syncopated:

Denjovo Horo (from Gabrovo, in central and central-north Bulgaria)

Kokonješte pattern in 3/4 (and 7/8), plus 1 bar = the Vranjanka family:

Deli Agus
(Fast) Vranjanka
Otvori Mi Belo Lenče
Pembe Oro
Žano Dušo
Stara Vranjanka
Teško Oro

Unknown placement: Vlah Dancu


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