You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way. Marvin Minsky
During the years I have spent folk dancing, I have found there are as many variations as there are "villages." As a matter of fact, at dance we have this saying "He comes from a different village." All this means is that their group performs a dance in a different way than we do. Choreography is one of those things where there's plenty of room for improvisation.
Today's post features two variations of a dance from Northwestern Bulgaria. The name is Kraj Dunavsko Horo. Translated into English, this means dance from the Danube region. By the way it's a totally different dance than Dunavsko Horo. You will find a link to a post about it at bottom of this page.
Version one is the one popular with folk dance groups in the United States (and Israel, where this group is from). If you are a regular visitor to The Alien Diaries, you will recognize them.
Version two is a crazy aerobic exercise routine performed with lots of exuberance by the Hungarian group Mydros. The music and the steps are different from version one. It's fun to watch and they are having a good time. I had trouble keeping up with them!
At the very end, the accordionist plays a musical allusion: Shave and A Haircut, Two Bits.
Mydros describes their group as a Greek band from Hungary. They have a website as well as a YouTube channel. On the site, there is an English translation button, which is not easy to find. Most of their videos are of Greek folk songs (with subtitles). If you read Greek, you can sing along :)
If you enjoyed this, you may also like:
Two variations on a Bulgarian Folk Dance: Opas
Variations on a Vlashko Theme (a very popular dance from Northwestern Bulgaria)
Variations on a Theme by Diko Iliev: Dunavsko Horo
Allusions in Balkan Folk Music
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