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Dance Notes

Balta de la Beiu
This is a dance we learned from Theodor and LiaVasilescu in San Antonio around 2001.   Related to the dance Balta taught by Sunni Bloland, but completely different music and steps.    We like this one better.

Dance Notes



Dance Notes


Alunelul de la Danetsi

Dance Notes


Mahala Mori Shej
This is Roma (Gypsy) dance using music and steps from Transylvania (northern Romania, southern Hungary).   The steps were choreographed by Steve and Susie Kotansky.   The music is "Mori Shei" on the Kalyi Jag album Köszöntünk titeket (not availalable anywhere as far as I know).  Kalyi Jag has an entirely different tune with exactly the same name which has tow additional entirely different dances called Mori Shej, one based on steps from Jimmy Drury

Here are John's dance notes
, including both a longer and a highly abbreviated writeup.  

Here is a video of the dance

This is an Albanian dance taught to us by Erik Bendix in 1998.

Dance Notes 

NOTE - Steve Kotansky taught this with a slightly shorter step 3 (and Erik might have taught it that way sometimes),  but I like this version better because step three takes exactly one phrase of the music.

NOTE for Dance Leaders

The transition between steps is called by the leader.   Here are some tips about better times to call the transitions.

The music has four measures of introduction (12 counts).

After that, the music is in 8 measure phrases  (inside 16 measure phrases inside 32 measure phrases).

Step 1 is 5 measures, so you will be dancing across the phrase while doing it.

Step 3 is 16 measures long (8 in each direction).   It feels better if Step 3 matches the phrase.

Step 2 is some odd number of measures (3 or 5 or 7 or 9).


So – do Step 1 some odd number of times, and then do Step 2 until you get to the end of an 8 bar phrase, then do step 3.



   Step 1   5 times plus Step 2 for 7 measures (3˝ times)   gets you to a 32 bar phrase.


  Step 1   3 times plus Step 2 for 9 measures (4˝ times)   gets you to a 24 bar phrase.