NOVOZAGORSKO HORO

Bulgarian

 
PRONUNCIATION: NOH-voh-zah_GOHRS-koh hoh-ROH
 
TRANSLATION: Dance from Nova Zagora
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Jim Schlesinger who first presented it at the 1963 Kolo Festival in San Francisco, California.
 
BACKGROUND: This is a one-figure "military" dance from Nova Zagora in central Bulgaria. It is danced "na lesa," the Bulgarian term for a dance where dancers grasp each other's belts and execute their steps in a straight line. Novozagorsko Horo is described by Boris Tsonev in "Bulgarian Horos and Râčenici," Science and Art Edition, Sofia. Nova Zagora is a town located in the southeastern plains of Bulgaria in Sliven Province. The region is very fertile, growing a wide range of produce including grapes, sunflowers, and cereals.
 
MUSIC:XOPO (45rpm) XEP-308
Danssa (LP) 001 "Bulgarian Folklore Songs and Horos"
Slavjani Folklore Society Records (LP) SLA 1000 "Mushko Na Lesa"

Geisler, Richard. "Novo Zagorsko Horo" (sheet music), The Bulgarian Collection, The Village & Early Music Society, 15181 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949-7633.

FORMATION:Short lines of mixed M and W with hands holding belts of neighbors, L arm over neighbor's R, elbows mostly relaxed but with a dancer's tension.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 4/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: The style is simple, rustic, and unsophisticated
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - at leader's whim.
 
 THE DANCE
 
1Facing ctr, step fwd L (ct1);
2Step fwd R (ct 1);
3Jump to both ft apart in place (ct 1); jump to both ft together in place (ct 3);
4Step bwd R (ct 1);
5Step bwd L (ct 1);
6Jump to both ft apart in place (ct 1), jump to both ft together in place (ct 3).
 
7Leap R swd (ct 1), momentarily take wt on ball of L ft in front of R (ct 2); take wt on R in place (ct 3);
8Leap L swd (ct 1); momentarily take wt on ball of R ft in front of L (ct 2); take wt on L in place (ct 3);
9Leap R in place, raising L knee high with lower leg angled so that L ft is in front of R shin (ct 1); reverse action of ct 1 with opp ftwk (ct 3);
10Repeat action of ct 1, meas 9 (ct 1); leap L in place, raising R up to side and slightly back (ct 3).
 
11Close R to L forcefully with a click (ct 1); pause (cts 2-3); change wt and raise L up to side and slightly back preparing to close (ct 4).
12Reverse action of meas 11 with opp ftwk.
13-14Repeat action of meas 11-12.
 
15Stamp R next to and slightly fwd of L (ct 1); step back R behind and perpendicular to L heel and simultaneously lift L slightly without turning ft while twisting upper body to face R (ct 3);
16Step L in place, turning upper body to face fwd (ct 1); describe small CCW arc close to ground with R, bringing it beside L (cts 2-3); lift R ft beside lower part of L calf (ct 4);
17Stamp R next to L, taking wt (ct1); stamp L next to R, taking wt (ct 3);
18Stamp R next to L, taking wt (ct 1); pause (cts 2-3-4).
 
19Step L swd (ct 1); step R across in back of L (ct 3);
20Step L swd (ct 1); step R across in back of L (ct 3);
21Step L swd (ct 1); lift R knee in front of L (ct 3);
22Step R swd (ct 1); step L across in back of R (ct 3);
23Step R swd (ct 1); step L across in back of R (ct 3);
24Step R swd (ct 1); leaning slightly fwd, raise or flare L leg bwd (ct 3).
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.

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