Carpathian group dances

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Carpathian group dance form

These are characterised by the group dance form but exclude some elements of the the ritual stick dances, leaving the following elements;

These dances have developed regional variations, with the Fecioreşte of Transylvania showing the greatest range of additional  influences.

Carpathian group dance types

Choreographic form, motifs, & music

These dances generally consist of the dancers walking around the circle in an anticlockwise direction, sometimes including syncopated stamps, and heel clicks, followed by figures using rhythmic stamping, heel clicks and rotations of the lower leg. The syncopated stamping and upbeat accents appear to be unique to Romanian dances.

type names form structure motifs music
North Transylvanian Bărbătesc, Roata, De sărit group walking (plimbări) and figures syncopation, stamps, leaps, hops, heel clicks 2/4
North Moldavian Trilişeşti, Ţânţăroiul, Leuşteanca, Pădureţul group walking (plimbări) and figures syncopation, stamps, leaps, hops, heel clicks 2/4
Shepherds Ceanunul, Brânza, Siminicul group walking (plimbări) and figures syncopation, stamps, leaps, hops, heel clicks 2/4
Lad's dances Fecioreşte, De bâtă, Haidău, Barbunc group walking (plimbări) and figures syncopation, stamps, leaps, hops, heel clicks 2/4 and asymmetric

References

BUCSAN, A. (1971) Specificul Dansului Popular Românesc, Editura Academiei Republicii Socialiste România.

GIURCHESCU, A. & BLOLAND, S. (1995) Romanian Traditional Dance, "Mill Valley, California", Wild Flower Press.

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