LESNOTO ORO

Macedonian

 
PRONUNCIATION: LEHS-noh-toh OH-roh
 
TRANSLATION: Light, easy dance
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Anatol Joukowsky who learned it in southern Macedonia and introduced it to folk dancers in the United States in 1956 at the Santa Barbara Folk Dance Conference. It is described in The Teaching of Ethnic Dance by Anatol Joukokwsky, J. Lowell Pratt and Company, New York, New York, 1965.
 
BACKGROUND: Most native Macedonians, upon hearing the music for this particular dance, would dance the more traditional Lesnoto having a 3-measure pattern of "three steps right and one step left," the most popular dance done in Macedonia. Lesnoto Oro, however, is danced in four measures.
 
MUSIC: NAMA 1 (LP) 1101, side B, band 3
Fez (45rpm) F-701
Folkraft (45rpm) 1552x45 "Lesnoto II"
Sperry (45rpm) 6115
 
FORMATION:Open cir of mixed M and W with hands joined and held at shldr height in "W" pos, hands slightly fwd. When danced only by M, hands often are placed on neighbor's shldrs in "T" pos.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 7/8. The rhythm is slow-quick-quick (3 + 2 + 2 = 7) and is counted here in three dancer's beats with the first being the longest. The tempo gradually accelerates to 7/16.
 
STEPS/STYLE: As the music increases in tempo, the steps become low leaps and the bounces become low hops. Some dancers hold the pos of ct 1 in meas 3 for the additional two cts, imitating the hold of the one note in the music.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
 None. Begin with any musical phrase.
 
 THE DANCE
 
1Facing slightly R, step R swd with a slight flexion of the R knee (ct 1); flexing R knee, bring L across in front of R with bent knee (ct 2); step L across in front of R (ct 3);
2Facing ctr, step R swd with a slight flexion of the R knee (ct 1); flex R knee, bringing bent L knee up an across in front of R (ct 2); remaining in this pos, flex R knee again (ct 3);
3Repeat action of meas 2 to L with opp ftwk;
4Swing R around in back of L calf (or knee), rising slightly on ball of L ft (ct 1); step R slightly bwd (ct 2); step L next to R (ct 3).
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.

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