Lourke - Summary

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Region Armenia
Formation Open circle. Close W-hold by little fingers.
Dance Structure (A1 + B1 + C1 + D1) repeated throughout slow music.
(A2 + B2 + C2 + D2) repeated throughout fast.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 4 bars/phrase. 4 (slow) and 6 (fast) beats/bar.
Introduction Part A coincides with "Lourke lourke".
Part A1 (Bounce down-up facing centre) x 4.
Part B1 Bounce facing R but arms L, bounce facing & arms centre. Mirror.
Part C1 Touch R heel forwards with arms forwards, R close with arms W. Mirror.
Part D1 Grapevine R starting R side & L across infront whilst swinging arms down & up.
Parts A2, B2 & C2 Parts A1, B1 & C1 done jumpily.
Part D2 Part D1 with L hop before each R side (= Kertsi x 2).
Version: Basic (Dalila 2002) As above.
Version: Speed cycling (Gagik 1999) Speed repeatedly cycles through slow to manic.
Version: Syncopated stamps (Shakeh 2002) Part C touch & close becomes step, rear heel tap & stamp close. Additional ornamentation.
Source Shakeh Avanessian at her Armenian day course in Cecil Sharp House, London, 2002. Dalila Heath at the Eastbourne International Folk Festival 2002. Gagik Mekhitaryan at his day course in Westerfield, near Ipswich, 1999.
Date Written 2002/11/8. Updated 2011/4/24.

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 an Armenian folk dance teacher such as Shakeh Avanessian, Dalila Heath or Gagik Mekhitaryan.

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