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BACKGROUND

Information: A dance.

Learned by Yves Moreau from a village dance group in Rabrovo, Vidin District in fall of 1971. This dance is popular among the Vlachs living in Northwest Bulgaria. The Vlachs originally came from Southern Romania and settled in parts of Northwest Bulgaria and Northeast Serbia. They speak a dialect of Romanian and their folklore combines Romanian and local elements.

Translation: To command

Pronunciation: Poh-roon-CHEEAHS-kah

Meter: 2/4

Music: RPC BG-1002, side B, band 3.

Formation: Short mixed lines – about 8 people. Face center.

Hand Hold: Belt hold. Left over Right.

Steps and Style: Knees bent slightly. Steps are small and close to the ground with a certain heaviness. Upper body is proud and erect.

Region: Bulgaria

Note: You are in luck, as I already had this dance, a perennial favorite here in Madison, in electronic form from teaching at Fall Folk Dance Camp for the Pittsburgh Tuesday Night International Folk Dancers in September, 1994.

Michael Kuharski


MEAS ACTION

  The Dance
1 Facing center, with wt on L, raise R leg with bent knee (ct &); Extend R leg forward with a pushing motion (ct 1); Facing center, with wt on L, raise R leg with bent knee (ct &); Extend R leg forward with a pushing motion (ct 2).
2 Moving sideward right, step onto R (ct 1); Step onto L, crossing behind R (ct &); Step on R to right (ct 2);
3-4 Repeat action of meas 1-2, reversing dir and ftwk.
5-8 Repeat action of meas 1-4 exactly.
9 Facing center, step onto R toward center (ct 1); Step on L, crossing slightly behind R (ct &); Step onto R slightly forward again (ct 2).
10 Repeat action of meas 9, reversing ftwk.
11-12 Repeat action of meas 9-10 exactly.
13 Small hop on L (ct 1); Step R, moving straight back out from center (ct &); Step straight back on L (ct 2).
14 Repeat action of meas 13 exactly.
15 Hop on L (ct 1); Step onto R next to L (ct &); Step onto L next to R (ct 2); Sharp stamp on R next to L, without weight (ct &).
16 Hop on L (ct 1); Step onto R next to L (ct &); Step onto L next to R (ct 2).
17 Small step sideward right on R (ct 1); Small step on L next to R (ct &); Small step to right on R (ct 2); Small sharp stamp on L next to R, without weight (ct &).
18 Repeat action of meas 17, reversing dir and ftwk.
19 Step to right with R (ct 1); Stamp on L next to R (ct &); Step to left with L (ct 2); Stamp on R next to L (ct &).
20 Repeat action of meas 17 exactly.
21-23 Repeat action meas 17-19, reversing dir and ftwk.
24 Small step sideward left on L (ct 1); Small step on R next to L (ct &); Small step to left on L (ct 2); Raise R leg with bent knee (ct &).

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