Drumul Draclui
(Romania)

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Formation Open circle. V-hold, W-hold or basketweave hold.
Ethnicity Hungarian population in Romania.
Dance Structure (A x 2 + B x 2) repeated to the end of the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed 160 counts/min accelerating to 200 counts/min.
Translation The Road of the Devil.
Source Basic from Jan Savage & Sally Fletcher in Ipswich. Variations from the performance at the 2004 Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival lead by Leslie Haddon & Sue Chipp.

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A simple Romanian dance that gets its effect from the crescendo in increasing orchestration through the tune and the acceleration (the acceleration feels more than it really is because of the crescendo). Editing the tune down from its original 14 verses to 10 increases this feeling.

I have only seen the variations done once. They make it much more suitable for stage dance but, of course, less suitable as a easy to lead beginner's dance. It started with the plain version then the Part B Variation 1 was substituted in then, when it was going too fast to easily do that, Part B Variation 2 was.

It is from the Csango (transcription: "Chango") ethnic group which is of Hungarian origin.

Style: Staccato & stampy. Feet do not rise high off the ground.

Introduction

Summary: None or 4 counts.

No introduction or 4 counts depending upon recording. The dancing starts to the music before the melody starts.

Part A

Summary: (R side, L close) x 2.5, L stamp close x 2, pause. Mirror.

Start Facing centre of circle. V-hold.
1
1 R to the side.
2 L close.
3-4 Repeat counts 1-2 (R side, L close).
2
1 R to the side.
2 L close without weight transfer with a stamp of L heel.
3 Repeat count 2 (L heel stamp).
4 Pause.
3-4 Repeat bars 1-2 in mirror image (L side, R close, repeat, L side, R double heel stamp).

Part B

Summary: (R forwards, L in place, R backwards, L in place) x 3, R stamp close x 3, pause.

Start Facing centre of circle. V-hold.
1
1 R step forwards.
2 Transfer weight back onto L foot in place.
3 R step backwards.
4 Transfer weight back onto L foot in place.
2 Repeat bar 1 (R forwards, L in place, R backwards, L in place).
3 Repeat bar 1 (R forwards, L in place, R backwards, L in place).
4
1 R heel stamp close without weight transfer .
2 Repeat count 1 (R stamp).
3 Repeat count 1 (R stamp).
4 Pause.

Part B Variation 1

Summary: (R forwards across, L in place, R forwards side, L in place) x 3, R stamp (forwards, side, close), pause.

Start Facing centre of circle. V-hold.
1
1 Facing 45 acw of the direction to the centre of the circle, leap onto R forwards flicking L foot up behind. (Unlike the small steps of the basic version, the R foot goes about 40 cm forwards & the L a similar amount backwards. The L foot also rises 20-30 cm off the ground by knee flexion.)
2 Transfer weight back onto L foot in place facing the centre of the circle.
3 Facing 45 cw of the direction to the centre of the circle, leap onto R to side kicking flicking L foot out infront. (L knee is straight and L foot is close to the ground.)
4 Transfer weight back onto L foot in place facing the centre of the circle.
2 Repeat bar 1 (R leap forwards, L in place, R leap to the side, L in place).
3 Repeat bar 1 (R leap forwards, L in place, R leap to the side, L in place).
4
1 R heel stamp forwards without weight transfer.
2 R heel stamp to the side without weight transfer.
3 R heel stamp close without weight transfer.
4 Pause.

Part B Variation 2

Summary: (R side, L close, R close, pause) x 3, R stamp (forwards, side, close), pause.

Start Facing centre of circle. V-hold.
1
1 R to the side
2 L close.
3 R heel stamp close without weight transfer.
4 Pause.
2 Repeat bar 1 (R to the side, L close, R stamp, pause).
3 Repeat bar 1 (R to the side, L close, R stamp, pause).
4
1 R heel stamp forwards without weight transfer.
2 R heel stamp to the side without weight transfer.
3 R heel stamp close without weight transfer.
4 Pause.