PRORUPTA

Serbian

 
PRONUNCIATION: proh-ROOP-tah
 
TRANSLATION: Interrupted
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this Vlach dance from Steve Kotansky who learned it in the East Serbian village of Osnić near the Bulgarian border and the Serbian town of Boljevac. Stephen taught it at the 1981 San Diego State University Folk Dance Conference.
 
BACKGROUND: The Vlachs (or "Vlasi" as they call themselves) belong to a Romanian-related linguistic group that was already established in the Balkan Peninsula. The Vlachs were primarily a pastoral people when the Slavs arrived in the sixth and seventh centuries. Osnić is a village in the municipality of Boljevac, Serbia. Boljevac is a town and municipality located in the Zaječar District of Serbia.
 
MUSIC: Festival (7"EP) FEP-111, side A
 
FORMATION:Short lines alternating M, W, M, W, in "X" pos, a belt hold with R arm under. In Osnić, the leader is always a man because of the particular way in which the W are twisted by the M.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: The dance is done on the whole ft. When the W are being twisted, the movement is instigated by the M who yank on the W belts.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
1Facing ctr, step L fwd (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
2Step R bwd (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
3Step L swd (ct 1); step R next to L (ct 2);
4Step L swd (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
5-6Repeat action of meas 3-4 to R with opp ftwk.
 
 THE DANCE
 
1Step L fwd (ct 1); step R next to L (ct 2);
2With ft slightly apart and parallel, bounce heels 3 times (cts 1,&,2);
3Bounce heels 3 times, accenting L fwd slightly on third bounce (cts 1,&,2);
4Step L bwd (ct 1); step R bwd (ct 2);
NOTE: Stepping bwd R,L also is danced by some people.
5Repeat bounces of meas 2;
6Step R swd as M twist W to R (ct 1); close L to R as M twist W to L (ct 2);
7Repeat bounces of meas 2.
 
 M VARIATION
 
 The following variations are done only by M in the village of Osnić on meas 1 and 6:
 
1Step L fwd (ct 1); scuff R next to L (ct &); stamp R next to L, taking wt (ct 2).
 
6Step R swd (ct 1); scuff L next to R (ct &); stamp L next to R, taking wt (ct 2).

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