The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)
Translation: Old dance
Pronunciation: STAH-ro Oh-ro
Other name: Staro Makedonsko Oro by Atanas Kolarovski, to the same music, has three distinct figures signaled by the leader and an 8 measure structure: 4 traveling to R and 4 in place.
Region: Macedonia, Pelagonia, south of Prilep (Pece's 1982 camp), Pece's home village of Dolneni (some instructions), or Povardarje Steve Kotansky.
Rhythm: S-q-S or q-S-S-q-S
Basic step: Čukče or hammer (raise and lower heel) wt on L to begin, čukče R, čukče L R and reverse footwork.
Formation: Hands joined at sides, or hands joined and elbows bent to raise joined hands shoulder-high, or Kotansky says hands on neighbors' near shoulders.
Note: Several variations, especially ad libbed by the leader.
Structure: 8-bar dance pattern.
2 bars to R, 1 in place, 2 bars to L (but not so far), 3 bars in place.
Two instructions give the structure as a 10-bar pattern:
2 bars to R, 3 bars in place, 2 bars to L, 3 in place.
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