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Region Detail From the village of Kalgamač in the Ereč region.
Alternative Names 'Kalgamačkata' is the transcription given by Eddy.
'Kalgamachkata' is an English transcription.
'Kalgamackata' is it reduced to ASCII by missing off the accents.
Formation Open circle. V-hold.
Dance Structure Short sequence repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 2 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed 16 counts/min.
Source Eddy Tijssen at the 2002 Balkan Festival in Zetten.

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 Eddy Tijssen.

A relatively straightforward (by Eddy's standards, that is; he used it as an introductory dance) Bulgarian dance.

However, the timing is still rather tricky even though the music has a nominally Western number of beats per bar because the emphasis does not fall regularly "Deee deee" on the conventional Western 2/4 beats. To me, the rhythm of an 4 bar phrase sounds like "YEEE de-Dee | de-Dee-de-Dee | Yee de-Dee | de Dee DEEE" (where all-capitals sounds are main accents & initial-capital sounds are secondary accents and the sounds with triple vowel are whole counts, the rest half counts) and I find it easier to count it as that than "1 a2 | a1 a2 | 1 a2 | a1 2".

Style: Low steps with slightly flexed knees in the north Bulgarian style. Gentle but tense.


Summary: Until melody.

Dancing starts when the melody starts.

Whole Sequence

Summary: Walk 4 steps acw starting L with a stamp squeezed into the 2nd, lift L L R on the spot facing the centre, walk 2 steps cw, lift R, walk 1 step acw.

Start Facing acw around the circle.
1 L forwards (normal walking length step).
2 Stamp R forwards. This is a quick low stamp without weight and the foot immediately continues forwards.
& R further forwards taking weight (this step and the preceding stamp are best thought of as one move as they quicker than the rest of the dance and not easy to fit in the time available without looking a hurried fudge compared to the rest of the dance).
1 L forwards.
2 R to the side, turning to face the centre. End in a slight plie stance (the feet turned out from the hip joints & the knees bent a little).
1 Lift L by straightening the R knee a bit. The lifted foot has its turned in heel slightly moved towards the supporting foot but not fully hooked over it.
2 L backwards (small step, just enough to get it behind R) regaining plie stance.
1 R backwards (small step).
2 Lift L as before.
1 L backwards as (small step, regaining plie).
2 Lift R likewise.
1 R close.
2 Facing 45 deg acw of the centre direction, walk L forwards cw around the circle.
1 R forwards.
2 L forwards.
1 Facing the centre, lift R (as before minus the knee straightening because this is not from a plie).
2 Facing cw around the circle, walk R forwards.

Men's & Women's Versions

Summary: Above is mens'. Women's has leap, land on both feet, flick L behind instead of stamp-step.

As a variation, one can do the men's & women's versions. The men's version is that described above. The women's version is identical except that the quick stamp-step on count 2 of bar 1 is replaced by a low leap forwards from the L foot landing on both feet and immediate lifting the L foot (flicking up but barely off the ground) behind. This is even more hurried to fit in than the stamp-step.