HORA DIN GOICESTI

Romanian

 
PRONUNCIATION: HAW-rah deen goy-CHEHST
 
TRANSLATION: Dance from Goicea and Goicea Mare
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Mihai David who learned while while performing with his brother, Alexandru, in the Romanian State Folk Dance Ensemble.
 
BACKGROUND: According to Mihai, the dance is from the southern Romanian ethnographic region of Muntenia, around the city of Bucareşti (Bucharest). Theodor Vasilescu says that although he knows of no village in Romania with such a name, close names are the villages of Goicea or Goicea Mare, which are in the south of the Oltenia region, about 12 kilometers south of Giurgita. Oltenia, also called Lesser Wallachia, with the alternate Latin names Wallachia Minor, Wallachia Alutana, Wallachia Caesarea in use between 1718 and 1739, is a historical province and geographical region of Romania, in western Wallachia. It is situated between the Danube, the Southern Carpathians and the Olt river (although counties in the east extend beyond the river in Muntenia in some areas).
 
MUSIC:The Lark (7"EP) FLDR, side 1, band 1.
 
FORMATION:Closed cir of mixed M and W with hands joined and held at shldr height, elbows bent, in "W" pos.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 4/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: There is a light, bouncy feeling in the dance and the running-threes in Fig II are done mostly on the balls of the ft.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
1-8No action.
 
I. CTR AND BACK ("W" Pos)
 
1Facing ctr, run fwd R (ct 1); run fwd L (ct 2); run fwd R,L,R (cts 3,&,4);
2Step bwd L,R,L (cts 1,&,2); step fwd R,L,R (cts 3,&,4);
3Run bwd L (ct 1); run bwd R (ct 2); run bwd L,R,L (cts 3,&,4);
4Step fwd R,L,R (cts 1,&,2); step bwd L,R,L (cts 3,&,4);
 
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4.
 
II. TRAVELING R ("V" Pos)
 
1Bringing joined hands down to sides in "V" pos, turning to face R, and running in LOD, run R,L,R (cts 1,&,2); run L,R,L (cts 3,&,4);
2Run R,L,R (cts 1,&,2); run L, kicking R heel up in back (ct 3); run R, kicking L heel up in back (ct 4);
3-4Repeat action of meas Fig II, meas 1-2, in same dir but with opp ftwk.
 
5-8Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1-4.
 
 Bringing hands up to "W" pos, repeat entire dance from beg.

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