Saturday, April 29, 2017

Will the Real Hora Pe Gheata Please Stand Up?

Figure skating is a mixture of art and sport.
Katarina Witt

Let's start with the Romanian folk dance Hora Pe Gheata, which translates to "dance on the ice." You don't need skates to do this, a smooth wooden floor will work.  To enhance the slidey effect, you can dance in socks.

Now let's get to the really good stuff. Today's post features ice dancing performed by young people from a skating club in Romania.  They wear folk costumes adapted for skating.

Video #2 is Hora Primaverii (springtime dance), even though it is always winter at the skating rink.  That ice has to be kept cold, you know.  If the summer heat gets to you, you can always take refuge at your local ice arena. I used to ice skate but I don't anymore because it's so cold at the rink and it's difficult to move around in a heavy jacket.

Video #3 is a group of kids dancing a sirba...on ice! This was a special show that the club gave for the Romanian National Day on December 1st.

Video #4 shows the young people dancing to an excerpt from Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody #1 and a medley of other folk tunes. They demonstrate exceptional talent. Who knows, they make may it into a future Winter Olympics!

If you enjoyed this you may also like:

Variations on the Romanian Folk Dance: Hora Pe Gheata

Classical Composers Inspired by Balkan Folk Dances

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