BRÂUL OLTENESC

Romanian

 
PRONUNCIATION: BREWL ohl-tehn-ESK

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 brîu = "belt," brîul = "the belt."

TRANSLATION: The belt dance of Oltenia
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Alexandru David who learned it while he was with the Romanian State Ballet.
 
BACKGROUND: The brâu was originally named for the way the dancers were linked together by holding each other's belts ("brâu," literally "belt" in Romanian). Today, however, dances in this class also are seen with low handholds or shldr holds. They are typically characterized by their powerful dynamism. The ethnographic region of Oltenia is green and mountainous and has some of southeastern Romania's oldest surviving artifacts, edifices, and folklore, with little Turkish, Russian, or Greek influence.
 
MUSIC:Gypsy Camp (LP) GC 5201-II
 
FORMATION:Lines of mixed M and W holding neighbors' belts in "X" pos, L arm over R.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: The dance has a stacatto feeling and is danced mostly on the balls of the feet.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - None.
 
I. TRAVELLING
 
1With body erect and facing diag R, run RLR in LOD (cts 1&2);
2Run LRL (cts 1&2).
3-4Turning to face diag L, but continuing bwd in LOD, run bwd seven steps (cts 1&2&, 1&2); hold on final ct (ct &).
 
5-8Reverse action of meas 1-4 to L with opp ftwk.
 
9-16Repeat action of meas 1-8.
 
II. IN PLACE WITH HEEL-CLOSE
 
1Facing ctr, jump to both with R in back of L (ct 1); jump to both with L in back of R (ct 2);
2Repeat action of meas 1.
 
 NOTE: The action of meas 1 and 2 very closely resemble a "Russian skip-step" but with the "hop" coming simultaneously with the step instead of between.
 
3Step R swd (ct 1); touch L heel to L, bending supporting knee (ct 2);
4Repeat action of meas 3 with opp ftwk.
 
5-16Repeat action of meas 1-4 three more times.
 
III. IN PLACE WITH SLAP-STEP
 
1Jump to both with R in back of L (ct 1); jump to both with L in back of R (ct 2);
2Jump to both with R in back of L (ct 1); turning to face diag L, fall on to L (ct 2); slap ball of R out twd ctr, momentarily taking wt on R (ct &);
3Fall fwd L (ct 1); slap ball of R out twd ctr, momentarily taking wt (ct &); fall fwd L (ct 2); slap ball of R out twd ctr, momentarily taking wt (ct &);
4Fall fwd L (ct 1); slap ball of R out twd ctr, momentarily taking wt (ct &); fall fwd L (ct 2); pause (ct &).
 
5-16Facing ctr, repeat action of meas 1-4 three more times.
 

 
 DANCE SEQUENCE
 
  I, II, III, II,
I, II, III, II,
I, II, III, II, III.

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