Structural analysis and dance types

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Travelling chain dance

Dancers are connected by various hand or arm holds. Most often performed in an open circle, but can be a closed circle, or a chain making patterns other than a circle.

The dance is built from a simple repeating figure which moves the dance in one direction, although the individual motifs in the figure may travel in either direction. Generally the direction of progression is to the right in the Balkans and to the left in western Europe.

Bi-directional chain dance

Dancers are connected by various hand or arm holds. Most often performed in an open circle, closed circle, or linear line.

The dance figure repeats in opposite directions such that the dancers finish the sequence in approximately the same place as starting.

Returning chain dance

Dancers are connected by various hand or arm holds. Most often performed in an open circle.

The choreography is more complex than the bi-directional dance and can be summarised as:-

travel to the right; do something in place;
travel (often covering less ground than the initial right travelling); do something in place

Alternating resting and figure (or rondo)

There are two common types of this predominantly men's dance:-

1) Dancers are connected by belt, crossed hand hold or shoulder hold in an open circle, closed circle or linear line.

2) Dancers are not connected in an open circle, closed circle or linear line.

The "resting" or "walking" figure may be in place, bi-directional or travelling around the circle.

The figures are generally in place and may be a structured combination of motifs.

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