ČEREŠNIČKY

Moravian

 
PRONUNCIATION: CHER-esh-neech-kee
 
TRANSLATION: Cherries
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Frantiček Bonuš, professor at the Academy of Music and Dance in Praha (Prague) in Central Bohemia, who introduced it to folk dancers in the United States at the 1979 San Diego State University Folk Dance Conference.
 
BACKGROUND: This is a women's dance from Southeast Moravia (although men may participate). Southeast Moravia is kown for wine and sunshine. The towns of the Zlin region have much in common, but are still so varied they just can't be thrown together into one "basket," if only because the region is located at the meeting point of four ethnographic regions: Wallachia, Moravia, Slovakia, and Hana. Southeast Moravia is formed from the picturesque Moravskoslezsky Beskydy mountains and the Vsetin peaks. The region of Wallachia gets its name from the shepherds (Vlachs) who settled in the 12th century. With the joining of the mountain shepherds and the farmers, who settled in the valleys and mountains of this region, came some exceptionally charming national traditions, and started the establishment of the impressive traditional architecture in the form of wooden buildings, which even now are a part of the strong folklore tradition.
 
MUSIC: DDGU (7"EP) 114005, side B, band 1 (4 meas musical introduction with Coda);
SUPRAPHON (LP) SUA 52754, side 2, band 1 (no musical introduction or Coda);
Worldtone (45rpm) WT 1003 (no musical introduction or Coda).

Geisler, Richard. Sheet music, "Lark in the Morning Free Music Library," http://larkinam.com/LITMLibrary.html#Geisler.

FORMATION:Originally W in an open or closed cir with hands joined and held down in "V" pos. If open cir is used, leader is at L. When M join the group, they alternate with the W.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: KEY STEP: Step R across in front of L taking wt and bending L knee (ct 1); step L to L (ct 2); bring R to L with a click (ct 1); pause (ct 2). The first step may be accented.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
 DDGU has 4 meas. There is no introduction on the SUPRAPHON or Worldtone recordings.
 
I. STEP-CLOSE WITH TOUCH
 
1Step on straight L to L, turning head to L and moving hands fwd (ct 1); close R to L, taking wt and sharply bending knee while turning head to face fwd and moving hands back to sides (ct 2);
2Step on straight L to L, turning head to L and moving hands fwd (ct 1); close R to L, taking wt and sharply bending knee while turning head to face fwd and moving hands back to sides (ct 2);
3Step on straight L to L, leaving R in place (ct 1); touch R out to side with entire ft (ct 2);
4Close R to L without wt, bending knees (ct 1); pause (ct 2).
 
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 to R with opp ftwk and body action.
9-16Repeat action of meas 1-8, taking wt on last closing step.
 
 CHORUS
 
1Step R across in front of L (ct 1); step L swd (ct 2);
2Step R across in front of L (ct 1); step L swd (ct 2);
3-4Dance 1 Key Step;
5Step R across in front of L (ct 1); step L swd (ct 2);
6Step R across in back of L (ct 1); step L swd (ct 2);
7-8Dance 1 Key Step;
9-16Repeat action of meas 1-8.
 
 NOTE: Meas 1-2 are danced smoothly; meas 5-6 are danced with a low leaping action.
 
II. STEP-CLOSE WITH LIFTS
 
1Step on straight L to L, turning head to L and moving hands fwd (ct 1); close R to L, taking wt and sharply bending knee while turning head to face fwd and moving hands back to sides (ct 2);
2Step on straight L to L, turning head to L and moving hands fwd (ct 1); close R to L, taking wt and sharply bending knee while turning head to face fwd and moving hands back to sides (ct 2);
3Lift on R, swinging L heel across in front of R (ct 1); lift on R, swinging L heel out to side (ct 2);
4Close L to R, taking wt (ct 1); pause (ct 2).
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 to R with opp ftwk.
9-16Repeat action of meas 1-8.
 
 NOTE: Meas 1-2 are danced smoothly; meas 5-6 are danced with a low leaping action.
 
 CHORUS
 
1-16Repeat action of Chorus described above.
 
III. STEP-CLOSE WITH TOUCH
 
1-16Repeat action of Fig I.
 
IV. STEP-CLOSE WITH LIFTS
 
1-16Repeat action of Fig II.
 
V. CODA
 
 NOTE: On some recordings, the Coda will not be danced because of the length of the recording.
 
 Variation 1
 
1Moving to L, step R across in front of L (ct 1); hop R, bringing L around in circular motion with knee slightly bent and heel out (ct 2);
2Step L (ct 1); hop L, bringing R around in circular motion with knee slightly bent and heel out (ct 2);
3-4Dance 8 small quick steps to L, beg with R crossing over in front of L;
15-16Repeat action of meas 1-4 three more times.
 
 Variation 2
 
1Moving to the L, step R across in front of L (ct 1); hop R (ct &); step L swd (ct 2);
 
 NOTE: At the leader's discretion, the first step may be accented with a twisting motion of the body.
 
2Step R across in front of L (ct 1); hop R (ct &); step L swd (ct 2);
3-4Dance 8 small quick steps to L, beg with R crossing over in front of L;
5-16Repeat action of meas 1-4 three more times.
 
 Variation 3
 
1Moving to the L, step R across in front of L (ct 1); hop R but with twisting motion in body (shldrs remain facing L but hips twist to R) (ct &); step L swd (ct 2);
 
2Step R across in front of L (ct 1); hop R but with twisting motion in body (shldrs remain facing L but hips twist to R) (ct &); step L swd (ct 2);
3-4Dance 8 small quick steps to L, beg with R crossing over in front of L;
5-16Repeat action of meas 1-4 three more times.
 
 Variation 4
 
1-16Breaking into cpls with W hands on M shldrs, M R hand on W shldr-blade, M L hand on W upper arm, or into trios or small circles with low "V" pos or Back-Basket hold, dance the same ftwk as in Variation 2 (with or without twist) to end of music.

Variation 4 should be used only in small groups where the leader can be seen and the makeup of the line somewhat controlled. When the makeup of the line is not evenly man and woman, the extra person should always be included in a trio or small circle.

 
 NOTE: This var danced instead of Var 2 unless length of Coda is doubled into 64 meas.
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.
 

ČEREŠNIČKY
Moravian

/ Čerešničky, čerešničky, čerešnĕ
Vy jste se mi rozspaly na cestĕ. /
/ Kdo vas najde, kdo vas posbĕra?
Ja som mĕla včera večer frajera. /
 
/ Bol to frajer malovaný jak růža,
Toho som si vyvolila za muža. /
/ Ani bych mu robit neddla,
Lenom ako růžu bych ho chovala. /
 
/ Ako růžu, ako růžu, červenú,
Já bych bola jeho ženú, /
/ Já bych bola heho Lália,
Ako moja růža, růža červená. /
 
  Little cherries, little cherries, oh cherries,
You spilled and scattered all over the road.
Who will find you, who will pick you up?
Last night I had a lover.
 
He was handsome like a rose,
I picked him to be my mate.
I wouldn’t let him work,
I'd only keep him as the rose.
 
As the rose, as the red rose,
I would be his beloved wife,
I would be his Lalia,
As my rose, my red rose.
 

Copyright © 2012 by Dick Oakes