Damul - Summary

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Region Romania
Formation Circle. V-hold.
Dance Structure (Ax4 + Bx4 + Cx4 + Dx2) repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases, distinct music for each part.
Part A R side, L close, R side & R hop with L kick. Mirror.
Part B Touch R toes across, toes side & heel infront. Ditto L.
Part C Brush (optionally hopping) R forwards & backwards. R then L tightly across behind.
Part D Pas de Basque R. Mirror. Step R & L. Pas de Basque R. Mirror all.
Alternative Version 1 In Part C instead of across feet behind, step back & chug forwards. In Part D do the Pas de Basques as forward, in place & close, and kick free foot forwards in side steps.
Alternative Version 2 In Part C touch R across infront before swinging behind. In Part D do the Pas de Basques crossing, do the 3 of them together before the side steps & lift in side steps.
Source Core version here is from Sally Fletcher in Ipswich, UK, circa 2001, who learnt it from Hugh Spriggs who learnt it probably in the late 1980s. Alternative version 1 was verbally from Frances Horrocks in 2013 who learnt it from Fiona Howarth who learn it at the Billingham Festival decades before. Alternative version 2 from Nicolae St─ânescu in the Timisul SIFD day course in London, UK, on 2008/11/2.
Date Written 2004/3/1. Updated 2004/3/10, 2006/3/25, 2008/9/6, 2008/11/5 & 2013/4/1.

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