BUGEACUL CA PA TELEORMAN

Romanian

 
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.
 

MEASMOVEMENT 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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