Na Pûrt

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Alternative Names 'Na Pûrt' is the a transcription of original spelling.
'Na Purt' is it converted to ASCII by missing off the diacritic.
Formation 2 straight lines facing eachother. V-hold.
Dance Structure ( (A x 4) + ( (B1 + B2) x 4) ) x 2 + (A x 3).
Music Structure 3 counts/bar, 7 beats per bar 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed 115 counts/min.
Source Helen van Bochove in 1998 then many times since in informal evening dancing in the Balkan Festival at Zetten in The Netherlands and lead by Sally Fletcher in Ipswich. 3 bars filled in from 'Doe Dans Basics 1'. A writing a mistake corrected by a dancer who was at Zetten.

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A lively & distinctive dance done in two opposing lines who can jokingly (& with care not to really collide) intimidate eachother.

I mainly learnt this dance from doing it on numerous occasions but resorted to the (Dutch) notes by Jaap Leegwater in the book 'Doe Dans Basics 1' (ISBN 90-6542-046-0) for Part A bars 4-6 (I forgot what was used at as the time filler there, it turned out to be back Cherkessias - easily forgettable compared the distinctive rest of the dance) & for the formal notation of the music timing. Interestingly those notes have the formation as short lines or a circle whereas I've always danced it in 2 long lines facing eachother. Maybe the 2 line version was a later non-traditional invention; however having 2 facing lines is very effective for social dancing so I've described that version below.

The music is formally of 7 beats per bar grouped 2+2+3 but I count it as "ONE two threee".

Although the recorded music I've danced it to has always repeated the whole dance sequence twice before the ending shortened version, Orkest Kaleb playing it live in Zetten consistently went through thrice so one has to listen out for such changes so as not to embarrassingly end with dramatic splat before the dance ends!

Style: Jolly, smiling, party-like. Lively, can ham it up. Upright.


Summary: 8 bars.

8 bars of Part B music. Start at the beginning of bar 9.

Part A

Summary: (Out backwards in L hop with R back bike, R, L.) x 2. (R touch infront, lift across, pause, back Cherkessia (starting R close). Mirror.) In forwards (R, L, R), mirror.

Start Lines of dancer close together. Facing other line. Weight on the L foot. V-hold.
1 L hop backwards whilst lifting the R foot in a backwards bicycling motion. Take care not to kick dancers in the opposite line with R foot.
2 R backwards.
3 L backwards.
2 Repeat bar 1 (Backwards in L hop with R back bike, R, L).
1 L hop in place touching without weight transfer the ball of the R foot to the floor infront to the side when landing.
2 L hop in place lifting R foot to crossed infront of the L shin. The R foot is perpendicular to the R lower leg (i.e. pointing about 45 down).
3 Pause.
1 R close.
2 L across behind.
3 R in place (this bar comprises a back Cherkessia).
5-6 Repeat bars 3-4 in mirror image on the opposite feet. (L touch infront, L lift across infront, pause, back Cherkessia starting L close).
1 R forwards.
2 L forwards.
3 R forwards.
8 Repeat bar 7 in mirror image (forwards L, R, L). Take care not to collide with dancers in the opposite line & to be aligned such that the following lift of the R (Part A) or L (Part B) leg will not kick them.

Part B1

Summary: (Small L hop to R lifting R, R side, L close.) x 2 2/3, stick L leg in. Stick L leg out & in.

Start Lines of dancers close together. Facing the other line. Weight on the L foot. V-hold.
1 L small hop to the R whilst staccato lifting R foot to about L ankle height with feet flat.
2 R to the side onto flat foot.
3 L close onto flat foot.
2 Repeat bar 1 (L hop to R lifting R, R side, L close).
1-2 Repeat bar 1 counts 1-2 (L hop lifting R, R side).
3 Kick L leg forwards ending with the knee straight, the leg about 45 deg from the vertical infront and the foot horizontal. Take care not to kick dancers in the opposite line with L foot.
1-2 Swing L lower leg from the knee backwards till about 45 deg from the vertical behind. (This feels very leisurely compared to the rest of the dance.)
3 Swing L lower leg from the knee to the position it reached (out infront straight) in bar 3 count 3.

Part B2

Summary: Part B1 mirrored.

(Small R hop to L lifting L, L side, R close.) x 2 2/3, stick R leg in. Stick R leg out & in.


Summary: Leap, R splat.

Change the last bar of the last time through Part A from 3 steps forwards into a back bicycling leap onto the L foot (counts 1-2) and a splat (slap the foot flat to the ground with straight knee without weight transfer) the R foot in front (on count 3). Do this dramatically (but take care not to hit anyone).