CoVid strategy

Since we cannot meet to dance on Wednesday evenings, we have instigated a mitigation strategy, which comes in two parts:

  • Co-operativeVirtualDancing

    We have a Zoom session at 8pm every Wednesday lasting approximately our hour. Please email for details.

  • ContinuaitionVideos

    We are suggesting that people join in with a "virtual" dance with us. Each week we will suggest a dance to learn or recall and give links to videos that we think are worthwhile watching. The dance will be listed here afterwards.
    For some dances there is more information than would comfortably sit here and for those, the name of the dance links to a subpage (also in the index to the left).

    Dances so far:

    • Alunelul (Romania)
      1. Clear teaching also explains the lyrics at the end (actually on a different occasion and the dance comes again afterwards with better lighting). They hold their hands low (V) whereas we have ours in "W" hold.
      2. Lively dancing. They use the same recording that we do. They use shoulder hold, which I have never encountered in England.
      3. Children's stage performance
    • Nigun Atik (Israel)
      1. Teaching steps
      2. Full circle.
    • Poseyala Baba (Ukraine)
      • There is a rather poor video here
      • The recording and words can be found here
    • Dramskoto (Bulgaria)
      1. Yves Moreau teaching in minute detail
      2. Kolo Dragan is a clear performance.
      There are different ways to determine when the long sequence is coming. Yves says listen to the first bar of the phrase, Roger listened for the high notes when going in the first time and I listen for the singing (vocals are LSLS; instrumental SS). Eventually it becomes habitual.
    • Michanicos (Greece)
      1. Our video shows the dance as we know it.
      2. This video probably has the best acting.
    • Joiku (Finland/Sami)
      Taught to us by Corry Herheijen at Hursley in September 2018
      There is nothing on the web, so we have created our own videos
      1. Teaching
      2. Dancing
    • Mavilim (Turkey)
      Taught to us by Karin Bellaart at Eastbourne in May 2019
      1. Ahmet Luleci teaches this thoroughly.
    • Belasičko (Macedonia)
      1. This Chinese teacher is clear although rather flat-footed and puts an extra hop at the beginning of the third figure.
      2. This group is more our style but the photography is poorer.
      3. This comprehensive analysis contains written instructions and other information. Beware the second video link (Paul Mulders) and avoid the Israeli teaching one
    • Lalica (Bulgaria)
      Not a lot on the web for this one
      1. This video shows it as we know it
      2. Instructions to match
    • Raca Plava (Croatia)
      We learnt this from Jan Knoppers in Eastbourne 2007. As it was part of a suite of three dances, he only taught the basic dance.
      1. This video shows it as we know it
      2. Whereas this shows two figures and how the sideways step is supposed to be very bouncy, although we seem incapable of doing it.
    • Sulam Ya'akov - Jacob's ladder (Israel)
      1. This teacher shows the dance in great detail
      2. This demonstration shows the common variant for the second figure (grapevine rather than Yemenite)