|Region detail||From the Laz people spanning the border of Turkish-Georgian border.|
|Dance Structure||2 variations. Line leader chooses when to change.|
|Formation||Short lines. Teapot (variation 1) & W- (variation 2) hold.|
|Music Structure||2 counts/bar, 6 bars/phrase.|
|Music Speed||48 counts/min.|
|Source||Maggie O'Regan (who learnt it from Jan Knoppers (who learnt it from Ahmet Lüleci) at the 2012 SIFD Summer School in Swansea) at Witnesham, UK, in 2013.|
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A quiet dance done in short lines with 2 variations (one with emphasis on leg motions, the other with emphasis on arm motions) of which different lines can change between independently. Gentle moving sung music with a touching origin story.
The origin of the song was that some Laz communities spanned the river which came to be the boundary between Turkey & Georgia after WWI. The relatives were banned from meeting and shouting/singing across the river became the way to keep in touch. This song is a work-song based on that.
The recording of the song used for this dance originally had an introduction nearly a minute long of a calling conversation at the start but for International Dance use that is usually trimmed off to save waiting through it before each time through the dance.
I have come across another version/variation with different hand hold (hands flat & touching edge to edge with neighbour) but I've stuck to these two variations here as they came via a known series of reliable & detailed folk dance teachers.
Style: Gentle, calm & controlled. Steps (& sways) are all done with a small bounce (down-up as the weight is taken done by a flexing & straightening of the knees). The teapot-hold is with the L hand on ones own hip & ones R hand loosely draped through the arm loop of the person on ones R. The W-hold is with ones hands approx 30-40cm infront of ones shoulders. Do not overtake other lines.
Summary: 1 phrase.
If using the uncut version of the tune with the calling conversation at the start, wait through that. Then wait through the 1 phrase (6 bars) & start at the beginning of the next phrase.
Summary: Teapot hold. Facing 45 deg R. Travel forwards R starting L ft in ss-sqq-sqq. R forwards, L back-bike to touch. Facing centre, sway L R L. R back-bike to touch
|Start||Facing 45 deg cw of direction to the centre of the circle. Weight on L foot. Teapot hold.|
|3||Repeat bar 2 on opposite feet but travelling the same way (acw around the circle in slow-quick-quick L, R, L ).|
Summary: As variation 1 but W-hold & replace L touch with L across infront (arms down) & replace. Arms windscreen wiper same side as leading foot when travelling.
|Start||Facing 45 deg cw of direction to the centre of the circle. Weight on L foot. W-hold.|
|5-6||As variation 1 bars 5-6 (L to the side swaying L, sway R, sway L, R back-bike touch) but with the arms returning to W-hold during the L to the side & remaining in W-hold (no windscreen wiper motions).|