Ketri Ketri
(Gypsy (Hungary))

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Ethnicity Hungarian Gypsy/Roma.
Formation Open circle. V-hold.
Dance Structure Short sequence repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases (dance crosses music).
Music Speed 100 counts/min.
Source Sally Fletcher & Jan Savage in Ipswich, UK.

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 and I think the dance itself is traditional.

A simple traditional dance with sultry Gypsy-style hip movements. It is a one of the many Čoček related dances and is very similar to style to Jeni Jol (a.k.a. Rumelaj) but with lifts instead of touches and different travelling.

It might not be Hungarian as I've seen also seen the tune listed as Macedonian by musicians & the dance as being a USA combination of an Albanian dance with a Hungarian Gypsy tune on the WWW. Sally's solution was to simply list it as 'Balkan Gypsy' but I've been filing dances by geographical region so I've (possibly wrongly) classified it as Hungarian for simplicity rather than as "A dance done in the UK that was possibly created in the USA from Albanian steps to music by Hungarian (which should be called Magyar) Gypsies (who should be called Roma), is sometimes considered Macedonian (meaning FYRO Makedonia not Greek Macedonia) and has a name that sounds Armenian."!

The most distinctive part is the hip action in the lifts. Each lift in the dance consists of raising a foot (about 20 cm or less) with the foreleg remaining vertical by flexing the knee and hip joint and raising the hip attached to that leg by tilting the pelvis up at that side as far as one can. The raised foot is tilted down a bit. Lower the hip during the next step. The hip lifts can be made staccato. This is possibly a hammed up Western European exaggeration of the styling but it suits the dance which would be nondescript without it. It might also be just the women's styling but, if there was a different men's styling, I have never been taught it so I just do this.

Style: Loads of exaggerated hip movement. Toe leads.


Summary: None.

None. As it crosses the music, one can start at the beginning of any bar.

Whole dance sequence

Summary: Back out with 3 lift steps starting R foot. In place L, R. Travel in R with L lift step, R, L.

Start Facing centre of the circle.
1 Lift R foot raising R hip.
2 R backwards.
3-4 Repeat counts 1-2 but with opposite feet (lift L foot raising L hip, L step backwards).
1-2 Repeat bar 1 counts 1-2 (lift R foot raising R hip, R step backwards).
3 L close.
4 R in place turning 45 deg cw to face 45 cw of the direction to the centre of the circle.
1 Lift L foot raising L hip.
2 L forwards (travelling diagonally acw around the circle & in).
3 R forwards.
4 L forwards (ending facing the centre of the circle ready to start the sequence again).