BATUTA

Bulgarian

 
PRONUNCIATION: buh-TOO-tuh
 
TRANSLATION: Stamping
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Yves Moreau who learned it from the village dance group in Rabrovo in Northwest Bulgaria during the fall of 1971.
 
BACKGROUND: The dance is done by the Vlach people of Northwest Bulgaria. The Vlachs were, for a long time, nomadic and eventually settled primarily in northern Greece, Macedonia, northeast Serbia, and along the Danube River in Bulgaria. The Vlach language and folklore are a mixture of Romanian and local elements.
 
MUSIC:Worldtone (45rpm) WT-YM-001
 
FORMATION:Mixed lines of M and W holding neighbors' belts in "X" pos, R arm under. If desired, lines may be segregated. Often, the two M at the ends of the line hold wooden canes in their free hands.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: Steps are small and knees are slightly flexed. There is a rather sharp, bouncy feeling but not airy or light. The dance has a solid, heavy quality about it.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
 None. Leader may start at beg of any 8-meas musical phrase. He may call the name of the figure or may simply whistle or shout "hopa" or "hopsha" to change to the other figure.
 
I. VLAJNA
 
1Step R swd (ct 1); step L next to R, almost displacing R and bending knees slightly (ct 2);
2Repeat action of meas 1;
3Step R diag fwd to R (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
4Step L diag fwd to R (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
5Step R slightly across in front of L (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
6Moving diag away from ctr to L, step L (ct 1); step R next to L (ct 2);
7Facing ctr, small step L bwd (ct 1); small step R bwd (ct 2);
8Small step L bwd (ct 1); pause or small lift of R in front of L (ct 2).
 
 Repeat Fig I until changed by leader's signal.
 
II. BĂTUTĂ
 
1-2Repeat action of Fig I, meas 1-2;
3Facing slightly to R, step R (ct 1); small hop R as L is raised in backward-bicycle-pedalling action (ct 2); facing ctr, small sharp stamp L next to R without wt (ct &);
4Small leap onto L (ct 1); small sharp stamp R next to L (ct &); small hop L (ct 2); small sharp stamp R next to L (ct &);
5Facing slightly to R, step R (ct 1); small hop R as bent L knee is brought next to and slightly fwd of R knee (ct 2); facing ctr, small sharp stamp L next to R without wt (ct &);
6-7Repeat action of meas 1-2 to L with opp ftwk;
8Small step L swd as R is raised slightly across in front of L (ct 1); pause (ct 2).
 
 Repeat Fig II until changed by leader's signal.

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