Sunday, February 14, 2010

We are currently learning four dances from Rumania: Rustemul, Cimpoi, Hora Fetelor, and Hora Lautarilor.

Rustemul ("Rustem style") and Cimpoi ("Bagpipe") are Rustem dances from southern Rumania; these line dances are in 5/8 rhythm (QS) and featuring low swinging arms, crossing steps, and galloping.

Hora Fetelor ("Girls' Dance") and Hora Lautarilor ("Fiddlers' Dance") are Hora dances. These large circle dances in 4/4 rhythm are found in many variations throughout the country; they feature walking, leaps, stamps, and grapevine steps and frequently move first to the right and then to the left.