Boaliisko
(Bulgaria)

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Region detail Trakia.
Dance Structure Single sequence repeated throughout the music.
Formation Open circle. V-hold.
Music Structure 2 counts/bar, 4 bars/sub-phrases, 8 bars/phrase.
Music Speed 80 counts/min.
Pronunciation "BOH-al-ee-EE-skoh".
Source Dimitar ("Mikto") Petrov in the Dobursko in Bulgaria during the 2013 British-Bulgarian Society dance tour.

Disclaimer: Mistakes are quite likely in the notes and no guarantees are made as to accuracy. There may be other versions of the same dance or other dances with the same name. Music may differ, particularly in speed, introduction and duration, between performers. The division into parts, bars & counts might not be standard. These notes of the dance are freely distributable (under GPL or CC-by-sa) in so much as the note's author's contribution but the choreography and/or collection were by other people and so their copyright might apply to the dance itself. Better than using notes, go to a dance class where it is taught by Dimitar ("Mikto") Petrov.

A jolly dance to on to a humorous song.

The song is about five brothers-in-law who go out to work in the fields but whenever they try to havest wheat, it rains. Whenever they rest the sun comes out. They each try making up excuses to the grandfather for not having got the work done. Eventually the youngest comes up with the excuse that they were hiding from Turks & didn't even have time for a break for food. That is believed, they are forgiven and given lots to eat. It is obviously a jolly and somewhat humorous song even without understanding the words. However it was rather long though by UK Balkan dance standards so version we learnt the dance to was cut off before the end (& it still needed more trimming to get it short enough for general UK use).

Some parts of the music are obviously verse & chorus but the same steps are done to both.

Mostly easy but 2 parts can be confusing to follow & may need pointing out: the Reeders are R foot lead but the Klopka-like steps are L foot lead (a hop before & after changes the leading foot) and the R foot steps after the Klopka-like closes are relatively modest & easily not noticed. Either can get some people on the wrong feet. Also, the change at the end of the sub-phrase is 1 step before then end of a set of 3 identical steps rather than where the steps change; however some may consider that makes it easier has one only has to react retrospectively to the musical marker rather than predict it

Style: Jolly. Light-hearted. Lively but in light on the floor & a bit bouncy sense not running around covering a lot of distance. Weight mostly on the balls of the feet. Bounces are heel down-up.

Introduction

Summary: None.

Start immediately or after number of whole phrases (8 bars).

Whole sequence

Summary: R forwards, bounce. L in place, bounce. (Reeder L starting R across infront) x 3. Turn to face R in R forwards, R hop. (L close Klopka-like, R forwards) x 3. L forwards, L hop. 2 Triple Steps forwards. Facing centre, R side sway, bounce. Mirror. 2 Triple Steps in place.

Start Facing the centre of the circle. Weight on L foot. V-hold.
1
1
Feet R forwards.
Arms Swing forwards (remaining straight) to about 30 deg infront of the vertical. This emphasises the step forwards.
& Bounce.
2
Feet L in place.
Arms Swing backwards (remaining straight) to about 10 deg behind the vertical.
& Bounce.
2
1
Feet R across infront.
Arms Swing forwards as in bar 1.
&
Feet L to the side behind. (Combined with the previous step, this is a Reeder step to the L. Alternatively it could be considered as a repeat of the whole of bar 1 but travelling & without the bounces.)
Arms Swing backwards as in bar 1.
2-& Repeat counts 1-& (Reeder to the L).
3
1-& Repeat bar 2 counts 1-& (Reeder to the L, making 3 Reeders in total).
2
Feet R forwards while turning 90 deg cw to face acw around the circle.
Arms Return to normal relaxed V-hold (where they stay for the rest of the sequence).
& R hop (this is needed to change the leading foot & is easy to accidentally miss out).
4
1 Close L foot taking weight on it. The path of the close is a small horizontal circle out to the side ending with the feet together parallel. This is similar to a Russian Klopka but done ending gently rather than as a heel-clicking stamp.
& R forwards. (This is a relatively insignificant looking step but needs to be done in preparation for the next step.)
2-& Repeat counts 1-& (Klopka-like L close, R forwards).
5
1-& Repeat bar 4 counts 1-& (Klopka-like L close & R forwards making 3 of these in total).
2 L forwards.
& L hop (thereby changing the leading foot back to the R foot).
6
1 R forwards a small distance.
a L close.
& R forwards a small distance. (These 3 steps form a small quick-quick-slow Triple Step.)
2,a,& Repeat counts 1-a in mirror image on the opposite feet (i.e a small L, R, L Triple Step forwards).
7
1 Turning to face the centre of the circle, R to the side swaying to the R with a bounce.
& Bounce again.
2 L in place swaying to the L with a bounce.
& Bounce again.
8
1,a,& Triple step (R, L, R) in place bringing the feet together.
2,a,& Triple step (L, R, L) in place.