Transylvanian Fecioreşte

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Frata, Cluj, Transylvania

Mociu, Cluj, Transylvania

"Ţura fetelor" from Bihor

Fecioreşte dance form

The lad's dance is found in Romanian communities (Fecioreşte) and the Hungarian communities (Legényes). These most highly evolved group dances are found in Transylvania. In central Transylvania many villages are mixed ethnicity and music and dance is shared.

These dances share elements with the parallel development of Hungarian lad's dances, in particular the incorporation of leg slaps and regulation to the musical phrasing which is inherited from the Verbunc dances of the Austrian Empire.

The dance is found in both group and solo forms;

Romanian group dance types

There is a range of Fecioreşte dances, resulting from regional separation and the addition of different elements. The following list is an approximate summary;

Other related dances are;

Choreographic form, motifs, & music

type names form structure motifs music
southern Transylvanian Fecioreasca group walking (plimbări) and figures syncopation, stamps, leaps, hops, heel clicks 2/4 or 7/8
central Transylvanian Fecioreasca,  Ponturi,Legényes Figuras, Sűrű Magyar, Sűrű Tempo, Fogasolas, Pontozó group walking (plimbări) and figures leaps, hops, heel clicks, leg slaps 2/4
Derivatives of ritual stick dances De bâtă, Haidău group walking (plimbări) and figures, use of a prop syncopation, stamps, leaps, hops, heel clicks 2/4 and asymmetric
Verbunk Barbunc group figures leaps, hops, heel clicks, leg slaps, regulation to the musical phrasing 2/4


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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