ALUNELUL CA LA SADOVA

Romanian

 
PRONUNCIATION: ah-loo-NEH-lool cah lah sah-DOH-vah

The -ul ending, pronounced "-oo" (colloquial) or "-ool" (more formal usage) is a form of the Romanian definite article, the equivalent of English "the;" hence alunelu = "hazelnut," alunelul = "the hazelnut."

TRANSLATION: Traditionally, it has been thought that "Alunelul" means "little hazelnut." Thus, this would be the "little hazelnut dance" as done in Sadova. Romanian folklore specialist, Theodor Vasilescu, favors the meaning as a contraction of "A lu Nelu" (where Nelu is the name "John" so the meaning is "John's dance") because, with the exception of Floricica ("little flower"), dances are rarely named for trees, plants, or flowers.
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Nicolaas Hilferink who learned it in 1982 while on a research grant to Romania from the Canadian government.
 
BACKGROUND: This dance is from the Oltenia ethnographic region of Romania. Sadova, to which the name of the dance refers, is a village in what is now Moldavia (Moldava), just southeast of the town Calaraš (Kalaraš). Oltenia, also called Lesser Wallachia, with the alternate Latin names Wallachia Minor, Wallachia Alutana, Wallachia Caesarea in use between 1718 and 1739, is a historical province and geographical region of Romania, in western Wallachia. It is situated between the Danube, the Southern Carpathians and the Olt river (although counties in the east extend beyond the river in Muntenia in some areas).
 
MUSIC:Electrocord (LP) ST-CS 0185, Side B, Band 5
 
FORMATION:Cir or lines of mixed M and W with hands joined and held down in "V" pos.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: LOW HOP: A bounce on the same ft where the toe does not leave the floor.
Generally, ftwk is precise and controlled.
In Fig II, the ftwk is flat-footed and has a heavy feeling with the body following the directional action of the ftwk.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
1-16No action.
 
I. FIGURE ONE
 
1Facing ctr, low hop on L (ct &); step R next to L (ct 1)
1Step R next to L (ct 1); step L across in front of R (ct &); step R in place (ct 2); step L in place of R, replacing it, as R kicks fwd (ct &);
2Step R fwd (ct 1); kick L fwd (ct 2); low hop on R (ct &).
 
3Moving bwd, step L (ct 1); step R across in front of L (ct &); step L bwd (ct 2); low hop on L (ct &);
4Repeat action of meas 3 with opp ftwk.
 
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 with opp ftwk.
 
II. FIGURE TWO
 
1Facing ctr and moving CCW to R in LOD, step R swd (ct 1); step L in front of R (ct &); step R swd (ct 2); step L next to R heel (ct &),
2Step R swd (ct 1); step L in front of R (ct &); step R swd (ct 2); low hop on R (ct &).
3Step L swd (ct 1); step R across in front of L (ct &); step L back in place (ct 2); low hop on L (ct &).
 
4Repeat action of meas 3 with opp ftwk.
 
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 with opp ftwk.
 
III. FIGURE THREE
 
1Step on ball of R in front of L (ct 1); step L in place (ct &); step on ball of R in back of L (ct 2); step L in place (ct &);
2Step on ball of R next to L (ct 1); step L in place (ct &); step on ball of R next to L (ct 2); step L in place (ct &);
3Step on ball of R next to L (ct 1); step L in place (ct &); step R in place (ct 2); pause (ct &).
 
4Scuffing L heel next to R, swing L leg fwd (ct 1); brushing ball of L next to R, swing L leg bwd (ct 2);
5Step L bwd (ct 1); step R next to L (ct &); step L bwd (ct 2); pause (ct &).
 
6Step R fwd (ct 1); step L next to R (ct &); step R fwd as L kicks fwd with straight knee (ct 2); lift L extend leg, slighlty bending L knee (ct &).
7Leap fwd onto L (ct 1); drop onto R in front of L, bending R knee, as body bends over and R shldr leans twd ctr (ct &); straightening and moving swd away from ctr, step L swd (ct 2); step R next to L (ct &);
8Continuing to move swd away from ctr, step L swd (ct 1); step L next to R (ct &); step L swd, turning to face ctr (ct 2); pause (ct &).
 
9-16Repeat action of meas 1-8.

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