MARIČENSKO PRAVO HORO

Bulgarian

 
PRONUNCIATION: mah-ree-CHEN-skoh PRAH-voh hoh-ROH
 
TRANSLATION: Maričeno straight (direct) dance
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Yves Moreau who learned it in the village of Maričeno (Sofia District of Bulgaria) in the fall of 1969 and subsequently taught it to folk dancers in the United States.
 
BACKGROUND: A pravo horo is a dance that moves straight or "directly" in a particular direction, usually to the right, and usually has a 3-measure movement pattern. The pravo is danced over most of Bulgaria, and in fact is the most popular dance form in Thrace.
 
MUSIC:XOPO (LP) X-LP-4, side 2, band 1
 
FORMATION:Mixed lines of M and W holding neighbors' belts in "X" pos with R arm under, or simply holding joined hands down in "V" pos. End dancers may hold own belt with free hand, let it hang at the side, or twirl a handkerchief in the outstretched free hand.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: Movements are small and sharp and the knees are flexed. The style is simple, rustic, and unsophisticated.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - None.
 
I. SAW TOOTH
 
1Step R diag fwd to R (ct 1); step L diag fwd to R (ct 2).
2Step R diag bwd to R (ct 1); step L diag bwd to R (ct &); step R diag bwd to R simultaneously raising L up sharply in back with knee bent (ct 2).
3-4Repeat action of meas 1-2 to L with opp ftwk.
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4.
 
II. SIDEWARDS
 
1Step R swd with a wide step (ct 1); step L next to R almost displacing R and bending knees (ct &); repeat action of cts 1& (cts 2, &).
2Turning to face slightly R, small step in place R bending body fwd slightly (ct 1); stamp L next to R no wt (ct &); repeat action of cts 1, & to L with opp ftwk (cts 2, &).
 
3Step R twd ctr (ct 1); step L twd ctr turning so that L shldr is twd ctr (ct 2); raise R up sharply in back with knee bent (ct &).
4Moving away from ctr, step R swd (ct 1); step L next to R almost displacing R and bending knees (ct &); step R swd (ct 2); quick stamp L next to R no wt (or raise L up sharply in back with knee bent) (ct &).
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 to L with opp ftwk.
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg with a momentary pause after the eighth time.

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