East European traditional dance pages

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Any "dance" is a combination of elements: formation, regional style; motifs, musical rhythm, choreography and social occasion. A change in one or more of these elements can give another dance, sometimes too subtle for a visitor to understand. As newer dance formations become fashionable these combined with elements of the existing music and dance to give new local variants. New melodies may be used for old dances and new dances danced to old melodies.

In these pages we look at:


Alexandru, T, Rumanian Folk Music, Bucharest: Musical Publishing House, 1980.

Alford, V, ‘Morris and Morisca’, Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 2, 1935, pp. 41-48.

Armstrong, L, Window On Folk Dance, Springfield Books, 1985.

Cernăianu, L & Stancu, L, Romania - Calendarul manifestărlor folclorice, Bucareşti: , Editura pentru turism, 1974.

Ciortea, V, ‘The “Căluş Custom” in Rumania, Tradition – Change – Creativity”, Dance Studies, vol. 3, 1978/9, pp. 1-44.

Ciuciumiş, S, Roemeense volksgebruiken, Rotterdam: Doina Foundation, 1983.

Cwieka-Skrzyniarz, R, The Great Polish Walking Dance, Cwieka-Skrzyniarz,1983

Dziewanowska, A, Polish Folk Dances & Songs, Hippocrene Books, 1997

Gal, E, Seara Bună-n Sezătoare, Timişoara: Editura Augusta, 1998.

Ghinoiu, I, Zile şi Mituri - Calendarul Ţăranului Român, Bucureşti: Editura Fundaţiei, 1999.

Giurchescu, A, ‘The use of Traditional Symbols for Recasting the Present: A Case Study of Tourism in Romania’, Dance Studies, vol. 14, 1991, pp. 47-64.

Giurchescu, A, ‘The Process of Improvisation in Folk Dance’, Dance Studies, vol. 7, 1983, pp. 21-56.

Giurchescu, A, "A comparitive Analysis between the Calus of the Danube Plain and the Caluserul of Transylvania (Romania)", Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungarice, T.34, Fasc.1/2, 1992

Giurchescu, A, Romanian Traditional Dance, Mill Valley CA: Wild Flower Press, 1995.

Kligman, G, Căluş, symbolic transformation in Romanian ritual, Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 1977.

MacDermott, M, Bulgarian Folk Customs, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1998.

Martin, G, Hungarian Folk Dances, Budapest: Corvina, 1974.

Moise, I, Confrerii carpatice de tineret – ceata de feciori, Sibiu: Open Society Foundation, 1999.

Pavel, E, Jocuri cu Masti, Comitetul Cultura si Educatie Socialista al Judetsul Iasi, 1971.

Seminarium at Lunnevads Folkhogskola October 27-29 1989, The Polska Dance In Scandinavian & Central Europe, Arkivet For Folklig Dans, 1993

Sharp, C, The Sword Dances of Northern England Part 3, London: Novello & Co, 1913.

Stancu, C, Caluşul: antologie de studii, Piteşti: SA Tiparg, 1997.

Vuia, R, ‘The Roumanian hobby-horse, the Calusari’, Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 2, 1935, pp. 97-117.

Wace, A, Thomson, M, Nomads of the Balkans, Biblo & Tannen, 1913.

Wolfram, R, ‘Ritual and dramatic associations of sword and chain dances’, Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 2, 1935, pp. 35-40.

Zoltán, F, ‘Anthology of Hungarian Folk Music - I’, Hungaroton LPX18112-16.

Additional information:

More than 20 visits to Romania: ethnographic tours, museums, festivals etc. between 1988-present

Record, tape & CD collection (~3000 titles)

Koprivshtista festival, Bulgaria: 1986, 1991, 1995, 2000

EEFC (East European Folk Center) mailing list

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