CoVid strategy

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

  • Co-operativeVirtualDancing

    Unless we are dancing outside, we have a Zoom session at 7.30pm 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)
    • Meliniško (Bulgaria)
      Another one from Karin Bellaart at Eastbourne 2019. There are a number of different versions, notably the one that Yves Moreau teaches, but little on this one.
      1. Antrew Carie provides written instructions and a (rather uninspiring video of the dance once through)
      2. We made a complete version although there are mistakes near the end
    • Makazice (Serbia)
      1. The original dance has just one A and one B music
      2. The SIFD recording doubles both parts, so we often put in extra speed scissor movements to make things more interesting (even if is does sometimes just silly)
    • Žensko za Râka (Macedonia)
      There are two reasonable vidoes of our version of this (others put in step-touch, rather than step-lift/bounce):
      1. A high-resolution video with the teacher and leader mainly from behind, with poor audio
      2. A low-resolution video with poor lighting but decent audio. Live as well as recorded music and the teacher from the front.
    • Rumunjsko Kolo (Serbia)
      The SIFD calls this Romansko Kolo and says it is a Romanian dance (which just the meaning of the name).
      1. There was nothing on the web, so we created one ourselves
      2. Recently, however, there is another version also made in isolation. The first figure differs from our version.
    • Esmer (Turkey)
      We appear to do this in a different phase to the music than others. We travel in the instrumental and stay on the spot during the vocals
      1. The Israeli Dunav group does not lean back when the foot extends forwards, and some shake their shoulders which no-one else does.
      2. This social dance you can see from the rear, but others come in front of the camera, which could be confusing.
      Both videos end prematurely
    • Hora Veche (Romania)
      There is another (less common) dance of the same name. This one is sometimes known as "Hora Veche 2" as a consequence.
      1. Ira Wiesburd teaches this, but is not particularly visible. The arms do not go high - possibly a limitation of the pupils
      2. Chinese dancers clearly visible and the arms are good
    • Dancing on Water (Israel)
      1. American group is the complete dance but they put in extra hops that we were no taught
      2. Italian dancers is our version but stops after two turns - the third time has the first phrase repeated. They are a little stiff in their sways
      3. Ice-breaking version is a different choerography, so just watch the scenery!
    • Tsadik Katamar [yifrach] (Israel)
      "The righteous [shall flourish] like a palm tree" Psalm 92
      1. Good Teaching
      2. Dancing separated
    • Kirčo na Čardak Sedeše (Bulgaria)
      1. Original notes from Jaap Leegwater, including music notation, words and translation
      2. Once through (starting at 40secs)
      3. This video has better lighting, but the 94-year-old leader is not as bouncy as a younger person would be and the followers are not particularly good.
    • Dobrudjanska Pandala (Bulgaria)
      1. Written instructions
      2. Clear video although our version only goes through twice!
    • Staro Poloskho Oro (Macedonia)
      Another one introduced to us by Corry Verheijen. There is nothing on the web, so here are two of ours
      1. Sally teaching
      2. Us dancing
    • Kruchmarsko (Bulgaria)
      This is the pub dance - the name means "pub"!
      1. Teaching in a garden
      2. Dancing in a hall
    • La mușată armânâ (Romania)
      "The beautiful Aromanian girl". A song in Aromanian
      1. A rather dull but accurate performance
      2. a more livey but less easy to follow class
    • Corlu Aromân (Romania)
      Another song that is probably in Aromanian.
      1. Teaching
      2. Dancing but we do not have the pipe introduction
    • To Milo (Greece)
      (The apple) We learnt this dance from Cristina in Eastbourne 2009.
      1. Good lighting and some calls, but the teacher is hidden by the other dancers quite frequently
      2. Poor lighting but the leader's feet are followed (possibly a little dizzy-making)
    • Lǎmîiţǎ (Romania)
      Taught by Silviu. Name means both the Mock Orange (Philadelphus coronarius) or Lemon Verbena.
      There is nothing on the internet, so we have created our own
      1. Teaching
      2. Dancing
    • Hora Chassidit (Israel)
      There is only one video of this on the internet, but it is well taught (in Hebrew) and danced
      1. Video
        The book he refers to is "Israeli Dances for Beginners part 2" which has a footnote to the dance:
        "Rivka Sturman [the choreographer] once taught this dance moving to CW [i.e. left]. As a result, endless confusion has resulted."
        Some people start left foot, others right independent of the direction they set off in! We will stick with the original as taught here.
    • Karamfil (Bulgaria)
      Created by Japp Leegwater. The name means Carnation
      1. Chinese class is clear but the turns move a long way
      2. Staid demonatration although the followers are livelier than the leader
      3. History, instructions, lyrics etc.