Oxford International folk dance group
Traditional dances from Europe and beyond...
Since we cannot meet to dance on Wednesday evenings, we have instigated a mitigation strategy, which comes in two parts:
We have a Zoom session at 8pm every Wednesday lasting approximately our hour. Please email for details.
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)
- 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.
- Lively dancing. They use the same recording that we do. They use shoulder hold, which I have never encountered in England.
- Children's stage performance
- Nigun Atik (Israel)
- Poseyala Baba (Ukraine)
- Dramskoto (Bulgaria)
- Michanicos (Greece)
- 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
- Mavilim (Turkey)
Taught to us by Karin Bellaart at Eastbourne in May 2019
- Ahmet Luleci teaches this thoroughly.
- Belasičko (Macedonia)
- This Chinese teacher is clear although rather flat-footed and puts an extra hop at the beginning of the third figure.
- This group is more our style but the photography is poorer.
- 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
- 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.
- Sulam Ya'akov - Jacob's ladder (Israel)
- Alunelul (Romania)