Dave Van Ronk
Today's post features several variations of the Thracian Rachenitsa (Тракийска Ръченица), a dance from south central Bulgaria. It is a dance in an odd rhythm, 7/8 or 7/16 depending on the speed. Thrace is a geographical region in three different countries: Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey.
Video #1 is a simple Thracian Rachenitsa. This version is done "na horo" (in a group, holding hands).
Rachenitsa can be danced solo, as a couple, or in a line.
Video #2 is an
The notes underneath the YouTube video describe it (translated from Bulgarian) "as a ten minute horo by non-professionals." They dance around a bunch of white balloons at a wedding (there is a quick glimpse of the bride at 0.35). At 8:00 a man and a woman dance a couple's rachenitsa (that and the solo are usually freestyle), and two women at 9:27.
Bulgarians are known for long dance medleys at parties. It takes a lot of energy and a lot of booze to fuel all that energetic dancing. The leader carries a Bulgarian flag, and passes it to the next leader at 8:48.
Video #3 is a lively (and more complex) version of Thracian Rachenitsa, performed by the dance club 7/8. Wonder where they got that name?
7/8 is the time signature for rachenitsa, lesnoto, and chetvorno. It depends on the grouping of the beats. Rachenitsa is apple-apple-pineapple.
If you enjoyed this you may also like:
The "Flavors of Bulgarian Rachenitsa" Part One, and Part Two
Dancing in Sevens, Part One
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