|Formation||Open circle. Low W-hold (Part A) & V-hold (Part B).|
|Dance Structure||((A x 6) + (B1 + B2).|
|Music Structure||4 counts/bar. 2 bar phrases for Part A, 4 bar phrases for Part B.|
|Music Speed||130 counts/min for Part A, 170 counts/min for Part B.|
|Source||Cristina Casarini at the Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival, UK, 2009.|
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A simple Greek dacne with contrasting slow & fast (both simple) parts and a story anent sponge fishers.
Part A represents a disabled sponge fisherman who has been partly paralysed after getting the bends, which used to be a common injury in the days of low-safety diving-suited natural sponge harvesting.
Part B1 + B2, I guess, represents the lively character of young active sponge fishers (successful sponge fishers traditionally lived a boisterous high life, being relatively highly paid members of their poor communities, and respected for their dangerous work). (Part B2 is just Part B1 repeated with a transition to Part A at the end.)
I don't know why a dance about sponge fishers is called 'Michanicos' meaning 'Mechanic'.
Style: Part A slow, doddery & a bit shaky as if disabled. Part B lively light casual & joyful.
Summary: R forwards slow, L forwards, R in place. Ditto backwards on opposite feet.
|Start||Facing the centre of the circle. Weight on L foot. Low W-hold (hands about elbow height infront).|
Summary: Facing in, travel in solo circle with (Step x 3, hop) x 4 starting R foot.
|Path||Travel in a cw solo circle (about 1.5 m diameter). Keep facing the centre of the circle during this (one cannot turn fully round anyway as one is holding hands with neighbours). The circle starts by going in (& slightly left to curve it) and ends with last bar mainly going L (cw around the main circle).|
Alternatively it can be described as a square of 3 steps & ahop on each of the sides of inwards forwards, to the R sideways, out backwards & to the L sideway but with the corners rounded off.
Summary: Part B1 x 0.75. Sway L slow, R, L.
|1-3||As Part B1 bars 1-3 (facing in, travel in 270 deg of a solo circle with (step x 3, hop) x 3 starting R foot).|
The last 2 sways do not feel twice as fast as the first one. This is because the music slows down during that bar.