MUREŞANCA

Romanian

 
PRONUNCIATION: moo-reh-SHAHN-kah
 
TRANSLATION: From Mureş
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Mihai David who danced Mureşanca at picnics in East Transylvania.
 
BACKGROUND: Judeţul Mureş (Mureş County) in the Translyvanian ethnographic region is rich in ethnographic and folk treasures. Nice textiles, embroideries, and leather goods are made here. Wood carving, sculpture, and architecture specific to the Mureş area are masterpieces of folk art. The area has traditional feasts and customs such as the Girl's Fair, the Cherries Fair, the Fish Fair, and the Wetting of Wives (after Whit Sunday).
 
MUSIC:Gypsy Camp Vol. I (LP) GC 5201-I
 
FORMATION:Lines of mixed M and W with joined hands held down in "V" pos.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 4/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: Ftwk is precise and controlled.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
1-3No action.
 
I. TRAVELLING TO THE RIGHT
 
1Facing diag R and moving in LOD, run RLRL (cts 1,2,3,4);
 
2Turning to face ctr, step R (ct 1); stamp L slightly fwd (ct &:); small hop on R (ct 2); stamp L slightly fwd (ct &); step L,R on back of heels (cts 3&); turning to face diag R, step L in place (ct 4).
 
3-8Repeat action of meas 1-2 three more times.
 
II. FACING CENTER
 
 Hop on L (ct & of previous meas);
1Stamp R in front of L, taking wt (ct 1); step L in place (ct 2); hop on L (ct 3); step R in back of L (ct &); pause (ct 4);
 
 Rock fwd L (ct & of previous meas);
2Rock bwd R (ct 1); rock fwd L (ct &); rock bwd R (ct 2); jump high to both ft with R crossed on front (ct 4);
 Hop on L (ct &);
 
3Repeat action of meas 1;
 
4Jump to both ft in place with stamping action, ft together, body bent fwd (ct 1); pause (ct 2); repeat action of ct 1 two more times (cts 3, 4).
 
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4.
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.

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