Preumblata
(Romania)

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Formation Open circle. V-hold.
Dance Structure ((A1 + A2) + (B1 + B2)) x 3.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed 60 counts/min for 1st & 2nd times through, 80 counts/min for 3rd time.
Source Silviu Ciuciumis at the Zetten Balkan Festival and at the Malhamdale Romanian Dance Course in 2002.

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 Silviu Ciuciumi┼č.

A delicate elegant dance with an uplifting jollier ending. It is trickier to remember, write down and lead than it feels when dancing it because of having to remember the directions to face (it could be done with all the bits, other than the initial travelling steps of each part, done simply facing the centre but that would loose a lot of the dance's style) and because Parts A & B feel a lot less different from eachother than they actually are.

The dance name is derived from the word for 'walking' and the dance is based on a traditional walking dance done by young girls. This is a choreographed version, the original dance was a lot simpler and closer to plain walking.

Style: Slow, delicate & controlled. All steps are low & gliding.

Introduction

Summary: 8 bars

Wait through a whole Part B1 + B2 (8 bars).

Part A1

Summary: Starting R foot, travel R in 2 slow arcing steps & Triple Step. L in, R touch close, R out, L touch close; Triple Step L. Grapevine L starting R across infront & L ending touch close. L side, R touch close, R side, L touch close.

Start Facing acw around the circle.
1
1 Walk R forwards. This step is made with the R foot skimming only just above the floor in a concave arc (as it comes from behind passing the L foot it closes sideways towards the L foot and moves away sideways again as continues to infront). This motion has a somewhat skating feel.
2 Repeat counts 1-2 on the opposite feet (L arcing step forwards).
3 R forwards (normally) and to the R.
& L close.
4 R forwards and to the R. (This & the previous 2 steps comprise a R triple step to the front R.)
2
1 Facing the centre, L forwards.
& R close without weight transfer.
2 Facing 45 deg acw of the centre, R backwards.
& L close without weight transfer.
3 Facing 45 deg acw of the centre, L to the side.
& R close.
4 L to the side. (This & the previous 2 steps comprise a L triple step to the L.)
3
1 Facing 45 deg acw of the centre, R across infront.
2 Facing the centre, L to the side.
3 Facing 45 deg cw of the centre, R across behind.
4 L close without weight transfer. (The step in this bar and the the previous one comprise a slow grapevine to the L.)
4
1 Facing 45 deg acw of the centre, L to the side.
3 R close without weight transfer.
3 Facing the centre, R to the side.
4 L close without weight transfer.

Part A2

Summary: A1 mirrored.

This is the same as Part A1 but in mirror image on the opposite feet (so it starts with a L arcing step forwards facing cw around the circle).

Part B1

Summary: Part A1 bar 1. Ditto on opposite feet. R side, L across behind, R side, L touch close. L across infront, R touch close, R side, L touch close.

Start Facing acw around the circle.
1 The same as Part A1 bars 1.
2 Repeat bar 1 on the opposite feet (L & R arcing steps forwards, L triple step to the front L).
3
1 Facing 45 deg acw of the centre, R to the side.
2 Facing the centre, L across behind.
3 Facing 45 deg cw of the centre, R to the side.
4 L close without weight transfer.
4
1 Facing 45 deg cw of the centre, L across infront.
3 R close without weight transfer.
3 Facing the centre, R to the side.
4 L close without weight transfer.

(Bars 3 & 4 are like Part A1 bars 3 & 4 with the same foot steps but adapted travel in the opposite direction as bar 2 ends facing a different direction but ends up facing the same direction. However this involves so many changes, despite it feeling similar, that I've found it works better when explaining Part B from scratch instead of as changes from Part A.)

Part B2

Summary: B1 mirrored.

This is the same as Part B1 but in mirror image on the opposite feet (so it starts with a L arcing step forwards facing cw around the circle).

Ending

The music changes for last time through to a jollier version. The steps remain the same but are done in a bouncier style.