BUGEACUL CA PA TELEORMAN
PRONUNCIATION: BOO-djei-ah-cool cah pah TEH-leh-ohr-MAHN
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 bugeacu = "Budchak plain," bugeacul = "the Budchak plain."
TRANSLATION: Bugeacul refers to a plain in the south of Moldavia (known as Budchak by the Turks). The phrase "ca pa" means "as by." Teleorman is the name of judeţ (county) in Muntenia in south-central Romania. The name Teleorman is of Turkic origin and means "crazy forest." SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Nicolaas Hilferink who taught it at the Idyllwild Fol Dance Camp in 1987. BACKGROUND: This dance is from the Muntenia region of Romania. MUSIC: Electrocord (LP) ST-CS 0185, side B, band 8 FORMATION: Lines with hands joined in "W" pos. METER/RHYTHM: 2/4. Notated in 4/4 for easier dance notation. STEPS/STYLE: During Fig II and III, the arms beg moving fwd on "ah" of ct 1, then continue to swing bwd on ct 1 and fwd on ct 3. MEAS MOVEMENT DESCRIPTION INTRODUCTION None. Beg with music, or wait 8 meas and beg with Fig II. I. FIGURE ONE 1 Facing and moving in LOD, step R (cts 1-2); step L (cts 3-4). 2 Step R fwd (ct 1); close L to R taking wt (ct 2); step R fwd (cts 3-4); 3-8 Repeat action of Fig I, meas 1-2, alternating ftwk, 3 more times (4 in all). II. FIGURE TWO Preparation Step: Facing ctr, bounce on L as arms swing fwd (ct ah). 1 Step R to R (ct 1); step L across R (ct 2); step R back in place (ct 3); hold (ct 4). 2 Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1, with opp ftwk. 3 Still facing ctr, step R to R (ct 1); step L across R (ct 2); step L back in place (ct 3); step L fwd diag L (ct 4). 4 Step R back in place (ct 1); step L across R (ct 2); step R back in place (ct 3); hold (ct 4). 5-8 Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1-4, with opp ftwk. III. FIGURE THREE 1 Facing ctr, step R fwd (ct 1); hold (ct 2); step fwd L and face R of ctr (ct 3); hold (ct 4). NOTE: Dancers may drop on L in place on ct 4 with L shldr slightly twd ctr, accenting fwd movement of hands. 2 Step R to R (ct 1); close L to R taking wt (ct 2); step R to R and face ctr (ct 3); hold (ct 4). 3 Step L to L (ct 1); step R across L (ct 2); step L back in place (ct 3); hold (ct 4). 4 Repeat action of Fig III, meas 3, with opp ftwk. 5-8 Repeat action of Fig III, meas 1-4, with opp ftwk. Repeat entire dance from beg. The dance is done 3 times.
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