IŢELE

Romanian

 
PRONUNCIATION: EE-tseh-leh
 
TRANSLATION: Twisted woolen threads
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Mihai David who learned it when he was a performer with his brother, Alexandru, in the Romanian State Dance Folk Ensemble during the years 1963 to 1965. Eugenia Popescu-Judetz taught a variant.
 
BACKGROUND: Iţele was originally a women's dance but it is no longer restricted to women. The dance comes from Otenia. 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:Gypsy Camp Vol. II (LP) GC 5201-II.
 
FORMATION:Lines of mixed M and W with hands grasping the second neighbor's hands to either side, R arm under, in a front basket ("F") hold.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 4/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: The actions of the dance are lively, as if twisting woolen threads.

Fig I: Dancers keep low to the floor, twisting hips with each leap and bending supporting knee on the first leap of each four.


MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
 None.
 
I. TWISTING GRAPEVINE
 
1Leap R across in front of L (ct 1); leap L swd (ct 2); leap R across in back of L (ct 3); leap L swd (ct 4);
2-7Repeat action of meas 1 six more times;
8Leap R across in front of L (ct 1); leap L swd (ct 2); step R next to L (ct 3); pause (ct 4).
 
9-16Repeat action of meas 1-8 to R with opp ftwk.
 
II. IN PLACE
 
1Facing ctr, step R fwd so that R heel is next to L toe (ct 1); step L in place (ct 2); step R bwd so that R toe is next to L heel (ct 3); step L in place (ct 4);
2-3Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1, two more times;
4Leaning fwd slightly, step R,L,R in place (cts 1,2,3); pause (ct 4).
 
5-8Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1-4, with opp ftwk.
 
9-16Repeat action of Fig II, meas 1-8.
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.

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