Romanian "3 measure" chain dances

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3 measure chain dance

The most common social chain dance in many countries from the Caucasians through southern Europe is based on a 3 measure motif, non-concordant with the music;

step-step,  step (&wait),  step (&wait)

Structuring in 3 motifs is often termed "ternary" in connection with Romanian dance analysis.

Note: within musical terminology "ternary" describes an A-B-A structure of the piece where B is a contrasting part or another dance. In Romanian dance terminology "ternary" is used for micro structuring of motifs or steps in threes.

3 measure chain dance types

In Romania this is found in the Carpathian Brâul and in the common Sârba.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3 measure
dances
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"Ternary"
Hora
"Ternary"
Sârba
 
 

 

Choreographic form, motifs, music

type names form

 

structure motifs music
Carpathian Brâul Brâul, Corăgheşte shoulder hold 3 measure, plimbăre travelling to the right & figures 3 measure, syncopation, stamping, heel clicks 2/4
common Sârba Sârba shoulder hold 3 measure, plimbăre travelling to the right & figures 3 measure, stamping, heel clicks 2/4 compound time
"Ternary" Hora Jianul, Balta, Salta hands joined at shoulder height 3 measure phrases non-concordant with music walking, stamps, heel lifts, leaps 2/4

 

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