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Libi (Israel)

Choreographer: Yuval Tabashi 2018 Composer: Antashi Friadman Singer: Levy Falkowitz Taught by Aaron Alpert at the 2020 virtual Stockton Folk Dance Camp

Imate Li Vino (Macedonia)

Imate Li Vino (EE-mah-teh lee VEE-noh) is a popular song from the Strumica region of Eastern Macedonia and is usually sung in succession with other melodies in the same 7/8 meter. The dance, presented by Atanas Kolarovski at the 1982 University of the Pacific Folk Dance Camp, is lyrical, elegant […]

Vodarki Oro (Macedonia)

This is a Medley of dances from Ovčepol that were put together by Atanas Kolarovski in the 1960s. Various Macedonian performance groups (e.g. Tanec) have their own choreographies by this name. This should not be confused with the closely related but distinct Atanas dance Vodarka. The last dance in the […]

Arcanul Batrinesc (Romania)

Arcanul Batrinesc (ahr-kah-NOOL BUH-trehn-ehsk) belongs to a family of dances that go under the name Arkcan or Arcanul (the “ul” at the end of the latter name is just the definite article “the” in Romanian), and that can be found in Moldavia and the Carpathian Ukraine. The word “Arcan” means […]

Kalajdžisko (Macedonia)

Kalajdžisko dance comes from the town of Titoveles in the Titoveles region. It depicts the Kalaigia or copper cleaners who travel from town to town to collect and clean the copperware of the “Celani” or villagers. This they do just before the fall holidays. The movement of both hands and […]

Cigansko Horo (Bulgaria)

There are many dances called Cigansko. This one is a variant of the dance Čičovata. There are also almost as many ways of doing Čičovata as there are villages in Bulgaria. So don’t be surprised if you see something different. This should not be confused with the Macedonian folk dance […]

Dedo Mili Dedo (Macedonia)

Dedo Mili Dedo (DEH-doh mee-lee DEH-doh) originated in Gradmanci in the Kumanovo region of Macedonia. It is a multi-occasion dance using elements that have been adapted to rhythms and melodies of the Kumanovo. Early notation was by Ljupka Kolorava. Atanas Kolarovski presented the dance at the 1982 University of the […]

Jiana de la Tilisca

The couple dance category covers an impressive number of dances in Transylvania, Banat, Crişana, Oaş, Maramureş, and Moldova. One type is “invârtita” (turning couple dance) in straight rhythms (most of them in 2/4 meter). Jiana is a representative of this type. The dance belongs to the repertoire of shepherds living […]

Trabzoni Bar (Armenia)

The dance is from Trabzond, which is now in Turkey. The dance was choreographed by Tineke van Geel based on traditional steps she learned in her field work. Dance notes… Trabzoni Bar – Alternate Recording

Daronee Yerker Yev Barer (Armenia)

From the Daron region of Western Armenia. The traditional dance associated with the first song is Gorani. The original dance had 6 parts, but today usually only the first two dances are done in international folk dance groups. All six parts are shown here, based on Tom’s teaching at virtual […]

Gorani (Armenia)

Introduced to the US by Tineke Van Geel, who learned it from Artushat Karapetian. The melody of this dance will be familiar to many North American dancers as being the same as the melody for the dance Daronee. In fact at an abstract enough level, it becomes clear that Daronee […]

Hora Boereasca (Romania)

This Hora Boereasca was originally introduced in the US by Sunni Bloland, who learned it from Margareta Slaminen and Titer Sever. The name translates as Boyar or landlords dance and this version is from Dolj in Oltenia. This dance should not be confused with Boiereasca or Hora Boiereasca (which Bloland […]

Prekid Kolo (Serbia)

The word “prekid” (preh-keed) means “pause.” This dance was introduced b John Filcich at the 1961 Stockton Folk Dance Camp. Barbara Welch Hill learned it in Yugoslavia in July 1960, and subsequently taught it in the Seattle, WA area, where John Filcich learned it. Dance notes…

Belasicko (Macedonia)

Belasičko (BELL-ah-SEETCH-koh) is a line dance originating from the town of Strumica. It is named for a nearby mountain, Belasička. The dance is done by the shepherds of the area. It was introduced by Atanas Kolarovski at the 1968 Stockton Folk Dance Camp. Dance notes…

Corlu Aroman (Romania)

Corlu Aroman (KOHR-loo ah-roh-MAHN) means Aroman Dance, or dance of the non-Romanian people. Aromanians live throughout the Balkans and speak a language related to Romanian. Presented by Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu at the 2015 Stockton Folk Dance Camp. Dance notes…

Shantel (Romania, Rom)

Shantel (shann-TEHL) is named after Shantel, the stage name for Stefan Hantel, who composed the music. He is a descendant of Bukovina Germans from northeast Rumania and leader of the Bucovina Club Orkestar. The dance was choreographed by Maurits and Tineke Van Geel and presented at the 2019 Stockton Folk […]

Hora ca la Caval (Romania)

The same music is used for the dance Hora de la Rişipiţi taught by Sunni Bloland and Lee Otterholt, who both learned it from the Theodore Vasilescu. To make matters even more confusing, a different dance by this name was taught by Mihai and Alexandru David. Dance notes…

Midnight Waltz (US)

This is a cross-step waltz,four-wall, line dance choreographed by Jo Thompson Szymanski in 1992. It was presented by Richard Powers at Virtual Stockton Folk Dance Camp in 2020. Dance notes…

Üç Kiz Bir Ana (Turkey)

Originally taught by Ahmet Lüleci. The dance is from the town of Artvin, the song is from Kars. Translation: Three girls (daughters) and one mother Music: Yavuz Bingöl: Üç Kiz Bir Ana Meter: 10/8.

De Secerat (Romania)

De secerat (deh seh-tcheh-RAHT) is a dance from Maramureş,Romania, and is a song to accompany harvesting.It was presented by Cristian Florescu and Sonia Dion at the 2017 Stockton Folk Dance Camp at University of the Pacific. Dance notes

Abdala (Bulgaria)

Abdala (AHB-dah-lah), sometimes known as Vlasko Dajcovo, was learned by Yves Moreau during March, 1970 from Nikola Vajtusev, a 75 year old man from the village of Vrav, Vidin District in N.W. Bulgaria. This type of dance is quite common throughout several villages along the Danube in N.W. Bulgaria. It […]

Branle De La Fosse Aux Loups (France)

Originally taught in the US by Roberto Bagnoli. The notes from France seem to indicate that it was introduced there by Andrée Fischer. The name translates as “Branle from the wolf pit”. Branles are circle dances from the Alsace region of Eastern France and the name refers to the side […]

Erev Ba (Israel)

Erev Ba (air-ehv bah) means “Evening Comes.” This version was composed by Yoav iel to music by Arish Levanon with lyrics by Oded Avissar. It was presented Rivka Sturman at University of the Pacific Folk Dance Camp, 1965. Dance notes…

Tricot (France)

“To knit together” From the region of Brittany, a combination of 2 popular Breton dances–An Dro and Hanter Dro. Danced in the Bal Folk community

Shir al Etz (Israeli)

Choreographed by Yaakov Mariyom 1983 In 3/4 rhythm; to a Yiddish/Ladino melody “On the Road”; Hebrew lyrics translated from the Yiddish version (“Oifn Shteyt A Boym”)