KRUMOVO HORO

Bulgarian

 
PRONUNCIATION: KROO-moh-voh hoh-ROH
 
TRANSLATION: Dance from Krumovo
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Marcus (Holt) Moskoff who learned it from the Strandža Folklore Ensemble of Burgas during the summer of 1978.
 
BACKGROUND: This particular dance has been incorporated as part of a men's Čestoto Horo in performing groups of the Burgas area. It is a variation of the older dance Ekizlijsko Horo danced throughout the eastern Thracian region. Burgas is surrounded by the coastal Burgas Lakes and located at the westernmost point of the Black Sea. Burgas is the largest and most important Bulgarian port. Today, it is a key economic, cultural, and tourist center of southeastern Bulgaria.
 
MUSIC:XOPO (LP) X-LP-5, side 2, band 6.
 
FORMATION:Lines of mixed M and W using belt hold in "X" pos, R arm under.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 6/16, counted below as two even dancers' bts of three cts each.
 
STEPS/STYLE: TROPOLI STEP: Step in place with accent on full R (bt 1); tap L toe beside R, raising R heel (bt &); bring R heel down sharply, taking wt (bt 2); tap L heel with a small scuff next to R (bt &). This step is danced as if the music were in 2/4 meter. It is also known as a Čestoto Step.

ČUKČE: A low hop in which the ball of the foot remains on the floor.


MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
1-16No Action
 
I. FIGURE ONE
 
1Facing ctr, step R swd (bt 1); step L across in back of R (bt 2);
2-3Repeat action of meas 1 two more times.
4Small step R diag fwd to R (bt 1); small step L diag fwd to R (bt 2);
 
5Jump on both ft facing diag L with R slightly fwd of L (bt 1); Čukče L, turning to face ctr and bringing R up to L ankle (bt 2);
6Step L slightly across in front of R (bt 1); Čukče L turning to face ctr and bringing R up to L ankle (bt 2);
7Step R swd (bt 1); Čukče R, bringing L across in front of R (bt 2);
 
8-10Repeat action of meas 1-3 to L with opp ftwk.
11Repeat action of meas 7 to L with opp ftwk.
 
12Step R bwd (bt 1); Čukče R, lifting L slightly fwd (bt 2);
13Step L bwd (bt 1); Čukče L, lifting R slightly fwd (bt 2);
 
14Facing slightly diag to L, stamp R diag fwd to L, taking wt (bt 1); step L next to R (bt 2);
15Step R diag fwd to L (bt 1); Čukče R, turning to face diag to R and bringing L up to R ankle (bt 2);
16Step L across in front of R (bt 1); Čukče L, turning to face ctr and bringing R up to L ankle (bt 2).
 
II. FIGURE TWO
 
1-6Repeat action of meas 1-6 of Fig I;
7M: Dance one Tropoli Step;
W: Step R in place (bt 1); step L next to R (bt &); step R next to L (bt 2);
 
8-10Repeat action of meas 8-10 of Fig I;
11Repeat action of meas 7 to L with opp ftwk;
 
12-13Repeat action of meas 12-13 of Fig I;
 
14-16Repeat action of meas 14-16 of Fig I with the addition of a small fwd scuff of the R heel between meas 14 and meas 15.
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.

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