Pirava Dae

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Alternative Names 'Пирава дае' is the original spelling.
'Pirava dae' is a Latin transcription by Bianca.
Formation Open circle. Shoulder-hold.
Dance Structure Short sequence repeated throughout the music. Optional variation near the end when called.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 2 bar phrases.
Music Speed 110 counts/min at the start, rising to 135 counts/min.
Pronunciation 'Pee-rar-var dar-ai' is an English transcription (stress is on the 2nd syllable of each word).
Source Bianca de Jong in the 2010 Balkan Festival in Zetten, The Netherlands.

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 Bianca de Jong.

A simple lively macho dance primarily consisting of double kicks of the right leg.

The music is slightly tricky to follow the beat of at the start because it starts sparse but gets easier follow later on as the music is fleshed out. Indeed the music feels as if it considerably increases in speed but that is mainly an illusion created by the progressive increase in music richness (at least in the good way TreDiki played it live at Zetten).

Style: Macho. Strong stance, lively but heavy movement, violent looking kicks.


Summary: 4 bars.

4 bars (16 counts). (Could alternatively start at the start of any phrase subsequently.)

Whole Sequence

Summary: R diagonally out in R, L, R, L. In in R leap, L. R dig kick x 2.

Start Facing 45 deg acw of the direction to centre of the circle. Weight on L foot. Shoulder-hold.
1 R backwards. To do this looking macho, have a slight backward lean of the torso and lift the moving foot in an arc peaking about 10 cm off the ground rather than skimming the floor.
2 L backwards likewise.
3-4 Repeat counts 1-2 (R & L backwards).
1 Facing the centre of the circle, leap forwards onto R foot flat footed. The leap is quite small (because the R foot is already infront) but feels & looks bigger because it ornamented by flicking the L foot up behind.
2 L forwards in a continuation of the raise from the flick in the previous count.
3 Twisting to facing 45 deg acw of the direction to the centre, bending the L knee and leaning forwards from the waist, raise the R foot and kick it down. The kick is spade digging motion but done sharply & violently and slightly out to the R side.
4 Repeat count 3 (R lift & kick down; no need to turn as already turned).


Summary: Turn 360 deg cw in whilst backing out.

Start Facing 45 deg acw of the direction to centre of the circle. Weight on L foot. Shoulder-hold.
1 As the basic sequence bar 1 but releasing hand hold (hands into high W-hold position) and turning 360 deg in the 4 steps (which naturally become more side forwards steps) backing out.
2 As the basic sequence bar 2 (in in R leap, L forwards, R dig kick x 2).