Hovs Bashi

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Formation Circle. W-hold.
Dance Structure Short sequence repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar (but 6 beats/bar), 4 bars/phrase.
Music Speed 115 counts/min.
Translation 'Around a [sacred] fountain [or small pool]'. A 'Hovs' is a fountain. A 'Bashi' is a dance leader.
Source Shakeh Avanessian at her Armenian day course in Little Bealings Suffolk, 2004.

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A light happy traditional Armenian girls dance. Danced around a fountain with kicks as if splashing the water. 'Hovs' is pronounced 'hoe-vz'.

Style: Light & happy with optional playful light bounciness. Smiling. Armenian W-hold has elbows about 10 cm out from the sides & about 10 cm infront of where they would be if the upper arms were vertically down, the forearms horizontal & straight forwards and the wrists bent 90 deg backwards so palms face forwards and fingers point up but curled. Hand hold has ones R hand palm to back of next person's L hand (from moving thither from normal V-hold without releasing).


Start at the beginning of any phrase (traditionally dancers join & leave ad hoc).

Whole sequence

Summary: Grapevine R (starting R side, L across behind) with arms (W, down, R, W). Ditto (R in place with arms down, splash L with arms forwards), mirror. Ditto.

Start Facing the centre. W-hold.
Feet R to the side.
Arms W-hold.
Head Look towards the centre of the circle.
Feet L across behind.
Arms Down to V-hold.
Head Look down.
Feet R to the side.
Arms W-hold but hands to the R (laterally shifted so L hand is about level with R side of body).
Head Look to the R.
Feet L across infront.
Arms Up to W-hold.
Head Look towards the centre of the circle.
2 Repeat 1 (Grapevine R with arms W-hold, V-hold, R, W-hold)
Feet R in place.
Arms V-hold, swing slightly back.
Feet Kick L foot across to the R as if splashing water with the R side of the foot (like passing a football to the R with L foot except that the knee is straight and the leg is raised). The L foot rises about 40 cm above the ground. Optionally hop on R foot whilst doing so.
Arms V-hold, swing forwards about 30 deg.
Head Look up to the R. (The up is a coy playful one that comes naturally as the torso leans back a bit twists to face a bit to the R during the kick.)
3-4 Repeat count 1 in mirror image (splash with R foot to the L).
4 Repeat bar 3 (splash with L, splash with R).