I don't care to lose

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Alternative Names 'I don't care to lose' is an English translation.
'De M'Enoiaxe Na Haso' is an English transcription.
Formation Short lines. Basketweave hold.
Dance Structure (A + B) repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 8 bars/phrase.
Music Speed 185 counts/min.
Choreographer Brian Steere.
Music 'De M'Enoiaxe Na Haso' by Miltos Pashalidis.
Source Brian Steere in Youlgrave in May 2011.

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 Brian Steere.

A happy flowing Greek/Israeli-style dance that is very simple but with the amusing catch of alternating numbers of Grapevines which can easily be miscounted.

Brian created this when upon hearing the music and the steps are loosely based on a Kalamatianos. Although the music and format are typically Greek, the steps and styling are typically Israeli and the story Sacred/Circle, the combination works surprisingly well and feels like an authentic folk dance.

The name of the dance is from the name of the music. Brian interpreted it not as an expression of competitiveness but (to simplify his philosophical argument very greatly, probably loosing much of its meaning :-) ) a willingness to continue in the flow of life despite ones problems because ones sense of self is an unnecessary & arrogant artefact whereas really one is part of the unified whole existence.

Style: Happy, summery casual, flowing (reminiscent of waves gently lapping at a seashore) & jolly. Flowingly dip slightly by bending the supporting (R) knee when (L) stepping on beats 1 & 3 (and raise on 2 & 4) as with Israeli Grapevine styling.


Summary: Start with any bar.

Brian tended to start when the violin starts. Furthermore, he considered the Cherkesiya of Part A to be the start of the cycle rather than the Grapevine as I've written below.

However the dance crosses the phrasing so one might as well start with any bar of the dance at the beginning of any bar in the music.

Part A

Summary: (Grapevine starting L across infront) x 2. Cherkesiya (L forwards, R in place, L close), R forwards.

Start Facing 45 deg cw of the direction perpendicular to the line.
1 L across infront travelling R in the direction of the line.
2 R to the side travelling R in the direction of the line.
3 L across behind travelling R in the direction of the line.
4 R to the side travelling R in the direction of the line. (This bar comprises a Grapevine.)
2 Repeat bar 1 (Grapevine).
1 L forwards.
2 R in place.
3 L close. (Together with the previous 3 steps, this comprises a Cherkesiya)
4 R forwards

Part B

Summary: As Part A but only 1 Grapevine.

Start Facing 45 deg cw of the direction perpendicular to the line.
1-2 As Part A bars 3-4 (Grapevine, Cherkesiya, R forwards).