NORIU MIEGO

Lithuanian

 
PRONUNCIATION: NOH-rew MYEH-goh
 
TRANSLATION: I'm sleepy
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Vyts Beliajus, a Lithuanian immigrant who has been called the "Father of Folk Dancing in the United States," and who introduced this dance in America.
 
BACKGROUND: Noriu Miego is widespread in Lithuania and is danced in different ways in various villages. It is one of the oldest known Lithuanian dance / games for adults as well as children, the musicians playing one part slowly and accelerating the other part. A song that may accompany the dance tells of a young man who wants to sleep but is kept awake by the sweet voice of a maiden in the flower garden.
 
MUSIC:Folkraft (LP) LP-35, "Viltis Lithuanian Folk Dances," side B, band 8.
 
FORMATION:Groups of four dancers scattered anywhere on the floor, hands on own hips, facing the group's ctr.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: SKIP: Step L (ct 1); low, scooting hop L (ct &); repeat action of cts 1& with opp ftwk (cts 2&).
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
1-2No action.
 
 THE DANCE
 
1Leap onto R in place, touching L heel fwd (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
2Leap onto L in place, touching R heel fwd (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
3Leap onto R in place, touching L heel fwd (ct 1); leap onto L in place, touching R heel fwd (ct 2);
4Leap onto R in place, touching L heel fwd (ct 1); leap onto L in place, touching R heel fwd (ct 2);
5Clap own hands twice (cts 1,2);
6Stamp R,L,R, taking wt on each stamp (cts 1,&,2);
7-8Making a R-hand star with other dancers in group, Skip 4 times CW to L;
9-10Repeat action of meas 5-6;
11-12Making a L-hand star with other dancers in group, Skip 4 times CCW to R.
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.

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