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Moj Maro, Moj Marinë

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Steve Kotansky Information: A dance.

The dance is Steve Kotansky's arrangement to fit this popular song.

Translation: A girl's name, Maro and Marinë

Pronunciation: moy MAHR-oh, moy MAHR-ee-neh

Other name: Moj Marinë, Moj Maro

Region: These are traditional dance steps and forms from the Kolonje region of Southern Albania.

Meter: 6/8

Formation: Line or broken circle with a close hand and forearm hand hold.

Steps and Style: Generally, the forward steps move more to the right, while the backward steps move out from the centre, so that the circle moves to the right.

Moj Maro, Moj Marin has a swaying effect in keeping with the music, so that the whole line sways forward and back together when they're in sync.

–Jeremy Hull, Winnipeg


1.   Singing
1 Walk R line of direction or diagonal to R (cts 1-3), L (counts 4-6).
2 Walk R towards centre (cts 1-2), L next to R (ct. 3), back R out from centre (cts. 4-6).
3 Step back L (cts 1-2), R next to L (ct. 3), L forward (cts. 4-6).
4 Step R to R side (cts. 1-3), step L behind R (cts. 4-6).
  Repeat until music changes.
2.   Instrumental
1 Walk R (cts 1-2), L next to R (ct. 3), R back (cts. 4-6).
2 L back (cts 1-2), R next to L (ct. 3), L back (cts. 4-6).
3-4 Repeat 1-2.


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