Kazundzha (kah-zuhn-DZHAH) is derived from the Turkish word “kazan,” meaning boiler or cauldron. An
older version of this dance is from Varna in the Dobrudzha region of Bulgaria. Having lost the context of its
old name and meaning, the dance is becoming very popular in contemporary Bulgarian clubs for folk dances.
In 2019, at the Festival of the Bulgarian Diaspora in La Nucia, Spain, it was announced that the main horo of
the event would be this dance. It was sent in advance to the participants of the Festival. Thus, 61 Bulgarian
groups learned and danced this one figure.
This dance was presented by Gergana Panova at the 2019 Stockton Folk Dance Camp at University of the
Pacific. Dance notes…