HORA FETELOR

Romanian

 
PRONUNCIATION: HAW-rah FEH-teh-lohr
 
TRANSLATION: Dance for women
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes= learned this dance from Mihai David who learned it while dancing with his brother, Alexandru, in the Romanian State Folk Dance Ensemble. He presented it at the 1974 San Diego State University Folk Dance Conference and the 1974 Stockton Folk Dance Camp.
 
BACKGROUND: The dance is from the area around the town of Calafat in Oltenia. 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. Contrary to its name, this dance is not restricted to women. Calafat is a city in Dolj County, Romania, on the river Danube, opposite the Bulgarian city of Vidin, to which it is linked by ferryboat.
 
MUSIC:Gypsy Camp Vol. I (LP) GC 5201-I
 
FORMATION:Open cir or lines of mixed M and W facing ctr with hands joined at shldr height, elbows bent, in "W" pos. Dancers face ctr with head and shldrs but have hips facing to R.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 4/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: TWO-STEP: Step R fwd (ct 1); close L to R, taking wt (ct 2); step R fwd (ct 3); pause (ct 4). The repeat is in the same dir with opp ftwk.

GRAPEVINE: Step L across in front of R (ct 1); step R (ct 2); step L across in back of R (ct 3); step R (ct 4).

Hora Fetelor is danced smoothly.


MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
 None.
 
I. TRAVELING AND IN PLACE
 
1With shldrs facing ctr, hips facing twd R, dance 1 Two-Step to R in LOD;
2Turning head and shldrs to face diag R and continuing in LOD, dance 1 Two-Step;
3Step R (ct 1); raise on ball of R then lower heel (ct 2); step L in place (ct 3); step R next to L (ct 4);
4Step L across in front of R (ct 1); pause (ct 2); pivoting to face ctr, step R next to L (ct 3); pause (ct 4).
 
5-8Repeat action of meas 4 to L with opp ftwk.
 
9-16Repeat action of meas 1-8.
 
II. TURNS, CTR AND BACK, GRAPEVINE
 
1Facing ctr, step R across in front of L (ct 1); raise on ball of R then lower heel (ct 2); step L in place (ct 3); raise on ball of L then lower heel (ct 4);
2Releasing hands and moving to R, dance a full CW three-step turn R,L,R (cts 1,2,3); raise on ball of R then lower heel, ending facing ctr (ct 4);
 
3-4Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1-2, to L in RLOD with opp ftwk except that on ct 4 of meas 4 step R next to L;
 
5Step L twd ctr (ct 1); step R twd ctr (ct 3);
 
6Moving bwd out of cir with a slight up-dn-up-dn aciton, step L,R,L,R (cts 1,2,3,4);
 
7Dance 1 Grapevine step to R in LOD;
8Step L slightly in front of R (ct 1); stamp R twice next to L without wt (cts 2,3); pause (ct 4).
 
9-16Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1-8.
 
III.  TRAVELING AND IN PLACE
 
1-8Repeat action of Fig I, meas 1-8 only.
 
IV. TURNS, CTR AND BACK, GRAPEVINE
 
1-16Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1-16.

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