DENJOVO HORO

Bulgarian

 
PRONUNCIATION: DEN-yoh-voh hoh-ROH
 
TRANSLATION: Denjov's dance
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Yves Moreau who learned it from a Lovnidol villager, Stefan Stojkov, on a research trip to Bulgaria during the winter of 1969-70 and introduced it to folk dancers in the United States.
 
BACKGROUND: Denjovo Horo is from the village of Lovnidol near the town of Gabrovo in the north-central part of Bulgaria. The dance is popular in most of the villages in the Gabrovo district and is sometimes referred to as the North Bulgarian Četvorno due to its slow-quick-quick rhythm. The first word of the title refers to a man's name, while "horo" is a basic Bulgarian dance type. The horo, or chain dance, holds a central place in the socio-cultural activities of rural Bulgaria. It is mostly a community dance that, until recently, could be observed every Sunday in the village squares.
 
MUSIC:Balkanton (LP) BHA-734, side 1, band 6
 
FORMATION:Mixed lines of M and W with hands joined and held down in "V" pos.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 7/16. The rhythm is slow-quick-quick (3+2+2 = 7) and is counted below in three dancer's beats with the first being the longest.
 
STEPS/STYLE: PAS DE BASQUE: Step slightly swd (ct 1); step in front with free ft (ct 2); step back into place with free ft (ct 3). This Pas de Basque is done with somewhat raised knees.

LIFT: A low hop in which the toe does not leave the floor.

The steps are light, small, and sharp.


MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - None.
 
I. BOUNCES
 
1Facing slightly R of ctr and moving in LOD, step R (ct 1); lift on R (ct 2); step L across R (ct 3).
2Facing ctr, step R slightly swd (ct 1); close L to R and bounce twice on both (cts 1,2).
3Repeat action of meas 2 to L with opp ftwk.
4Repeat action of meas 2.
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 to L with opp ftwk.
 
 Repeat Fig I until changed by leader's signal.
 
II. PAS DE BASQUE
 
1Repeat action of Fig I, meas 1.
2Facing ctr, Pas de Basque R.
3Pas de Basque L.
4Pas de Basque R.
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 to L with opp ftwk.
 
 Repeat Fig II until changed by leader's signal.
 
III. JUMP
 
1-2Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1-2.
3Jump to both ft in place, about shldr width apart, with a low, sharp action and knees somewhat bent (ct 1); pause (cts 2-3).
4Pas de Basque R.
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 to L with opp ftwk.
 
 Repeat Fig III until changed by leader's signal.
 
IV. HEEL TOUCH
 
 Facing ctr, quick lift on L (ct uh of prev meas).
1Step R swd with wide step, dragging L twd R (ct 1); jump swd R to both with knees bent (ct 2); pause (ct 3).
2Small leap onto R throwing L leg back and out to L (ct 1); bounce twice on R touching L heel fwd (cts 2,3).
3Repeat action of meas 2 to L with opp ftwk.
4Repeat action of meas 2.
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 to L with opp ftwk.
 
 Repeat Fig IV until changed by leader's signal.
 
 NOTE: Leader may start at beg of any 8-meas musical phrase. The change to the next fig is at the leader's discretion with a wave of the R hand, a whistle, or some other distinctive signal.

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