TREI PĂZEŞTE DIN BÎRCA

Romanian

 
PRONUNCIATION: treh puh-ZESH-teh deen BEUR-kah
 
TRANSLATION: Three times beware! from Bîrca
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Sunni Bloland who learned it during her 1967-68 research trip to Romania from Anca Guirchescu, dance ethnographer at the Institute of Ethnography and Folklore in Bucareşti (Bucharest). Ms. Bloland taught the dance at the 1969 Balkan/Near-East Festival in Portland, Oregon.
 
BACKGROUND: There are many dances from the southern part of Romania called Trei Păzeşte, meaning "three-times beware!" or "three-times look out!" This one is from the town of Bîrca in the Romanian ethnographic region of Oltenia. Most of the dances bearing this title utilize variations on a cross-step, often with a leg-thrust at the end of the motif to change direction. The dance may be done on any occasion. Bîrca is a quaint village along one of the roads between Craiova and the Danube river. Bîrca is also the birthplace of Adrian Paunescu, a well known Romanian poet who is renowned for putting together "Cenaclul Flacara" that served as an outlet for young aspiring artists.
 
MUSIC:Naroc Records (7" EP) NA 1054-EP, Side A, Band 2.
 
FORMATION:Short lines of mixed M and W, hands joined with the second neighbor on each side in a "back-basket" hold ("B" pos).
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: The steps are light with the wt usually taken on the ball of the ft. All stamps are without wt.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
1-4No action.
 
I. THREE TIMES BEWARE!
 
1Step R fwd (ct 1); kick L fwd gently (ct 2);
2Step L bwd (ct 1); touch R about even with L toe (ct 2).
 
3-4Repeat action of meas 1-2.
 
II. SINGLE CROSS
 
1Facing diag R, lunge R without wt (ct 1); draw R sharply back to L (ct 2);
2Lunge R without wt (ct 1); draw R sharply back to L (ct 2);
3Lunge R without wt (ct 1); draw R sharply back to L with a "click," taking wt and displacing L, which causes L to shoot out diag bwd (ct 2); step L diag bwd (ct &);
4Draw R sharply back to L with a "click," taking wt and displacing L, which causes L to shoot out diag bwd (ct 1); step R diag bwd (ct &); draw R sharply back to L with a "click," taking wt and displacing L, which causes L to shoot out diag bwd (ct 2); step R diag bwd (ct &).
 
III. TRAVELING R AND L
 
1Facing fwd, step R diag bwd (ct 1); step L in place (ct &); step R across in front of L (ct 2); step L in place (ct &);
2Step R diag bwd (ct 1); step L in place (ct &); step R across in front of L, bending R knee and, at the same time, thrusting L strongly diag fwd to L (ct 2); pause (ct &).
 
3Facing fwd, step L diag bwd (ct 1); step R in place (ct &); step L across in front of R (ct 2); step R in place (ct &);.
4Step L diag bwd (ct 1); step R in place (ct &); step L across in front of R, bending L knee and, at the same time, thrusting R strongly diag fwd to R (ct 2); step L swd (ct &).
 
IV. DOUBLE CROSS
 
1Facing fwd, step R diag bwd (ct 1); step L across in front of R (ct &); step R in place (ct 2); step L diag bwd (ct &);
2Step R across in front of L (ct 1); step L in place (ct &); step R diag bwd (ct 2); step L across in front of R (ct &).
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.
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