Small circle dances

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Dances in small circles are found in south Transylvania (Jiana, Jieneasca and Rârureanca) and Moldavia (Taraneasca). In these dances the dancers are linked by back basket hold and the circle revolves rapidly and are generally bi-directional. It is not clear when these dances originated, but as they readily evolve into couple variants the Romanian ethnographers believe they are the origin of the turning Învârtita dances.  A similar dance, Négyes (dance for four), exists in the Hungarian villages of central Transylvania. In some places this has developed into a couple version.

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