Saturday, March 14, 2009

In Petaluma, we'll continue to learn Gjusevska Rucenica in preparation for dancing it at the March 28 Balkan Party in San Rafael. The name means "little handerkerchief dance from Gjusevo." Yves Moreau learned the dance in Bulgaria, and introduced it to the U.S. in the late 1960's. The village of Gjusevo is in a high mountain region near the Yugoslav border, within the Sop ethnographic region. The rhythm is 7/16 (quick-quick-slow), and the styling is firm, sharp, and upright.

In the Point Reyes class, we'll be finishing up the last two classes of this session by reviewing and dancing Esmer (from Turkey), plus two lovely one-pattern dances from Greece: Mavramatia and Zagarisios. Mavramatia means "dark eyes", and is from Grecian Thrace - an interesting contrast to Targovskata.

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