Saturday, October 14, 2017
Three Variations on the Bulgarian Folk Dance Izruchana
In a word, the Vlachs are the perfect Balkan citizens, able to preserve their culture without resorting to war or politics, violence, or dishonesty. (source unknown)
Today's post features different versions of the Bulgarian folk dance Izruchana, also known as Izruchanka. It is of Vlach origin from northwestern Bulgaria.
Video #1 shows the version of Izruchana most popular with folk dancers in North America, performed by a group from China.
According to the notes, this is a men's dance. In the video, there are both men and women in the line.
Video #2 uses the same music as Video #1. This is a different choreography in the Vlach style (the name Izruchana is not mentioned in the title). The group is Severnyatsite from the city of Pleven. The costumes are predominantly red and white, typical for northern Bulgaria.
Video #3 is another version of Izruchana, performed to different music. If you're a frequent reader of The Alien Diaries, you'll recognize the dancers. The Dunav group from Jerusalem, Israel has many teaching videos, both on their website and on YouTube.
If you enjoyed this you may also like:
Vlach Dances from Bulgaria and Serbia
Variations on a Vlaško Theme
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