Shavlego
(Georgia)

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Dance Structure (A1 + A2) + (B x 2) + (A1 + A2).
Formation Open circle. V-hold.
Music Structure 3 counts/bar, 6 bars/phrase.
Music Speed 100 counts/min, 33 steps (bars) per min.
Music 'Shavlego' performed by Qartuli Xmebi ensemble.
Source Caspar Bilk at Rivieradance in Torquay, February 2020.

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 Caspar Bik.

A very macho, powerful & martial looking dance, but slow and not energetic or difficult in balance.

Each step (or touch or lift & touch) takes a whole bar.

Traditionally the song, which is a war song praising a historic/legendary great warrior, would have been sung by the dancers but it was taught to the very good recording by Qartuli Xmebi. Note that the overlaying of different vocal parts means that sometimes one part starts during the last bar of the phrase of the fundamental part (i.e. the part which is danced to) which can give a brief spurious feeling that one is a bar behind in ones counting of dance steps.

Style: Upright, self-controlled & very macho. For detailed styling of the travelling steps, which are mostly done on the first count of the bar, see Part A1 bar 1.

Introduction

Summary: 6 bars. Start 1 bar after the choral singing.

The arrangement in the by Qartuli Xmebi starts with 5 bars of solo singing then the chorus comes in 1 bar before the start of the first phrase to dance to.

Part A1

Summary: Facing R, step R, L, R. L back bike touch close. Facing centre, L side. R touch across behind. Repeat all but end R touch close. (R side, facing diagonally R, L back bike touch close), mirror, R side, L touch close.

Start Facing the acw around the circle. Weight on L foot.
1 Step R forwards (this is travelling acw around the circle). The step is mostly done on count 1 leavin the L foot toes in contact with the ground behind with straight L knee for counts 2 & 3. However it is not a step on count 1 followed by pause on counts 2 & 3 but a step that is mostly completed during count 1 then greatly slows down.
2 Repeat count 1 on the opposite feet (L forwards).
3 Repeat count 1 (R forwards).
4 L lift infront with a backwards bicycling (forwards, up, back, down) motion ending with L touch close with toes to the floor. The lift is a big one with the upper leg reaching the horizontal and takes the whole bar (unlike the steps of the previous bars).
5 Turning to face the centre of the circle, L to the side onto flat foot.
6 R touch toes to the floor across behind. R knee is turned out ready for the next step to the R.
7-11 Repeat counts 1-5.
12 R touch close.
13 R to the side.
14 Facing 45 deg cw of the direction to centre of the circle, L back bicycling ending touch close (as bar 4).
15-16 Repeat bars 13-14 in mirror image (L side. Facing diagonally L, R back bike touch close).
17 Facing the centre of the circle, R side.
18 L close touch onto flat foot.

Part A2

Summary: Part A1 mirrored.

As Part A1 but in mirror image. (Facing L, step L, R, L. R back bike touch close. Facing centre, R side. L touch across behind. Repeat all but end L touch close. (L side, facing diagonally L, R back bike touch close), mirror, L side, R touch close.)

Part B

Summary: Part A1 bars 1-5 but going in, R close. Repeat on opposite feet going out backwards.

Start Facing the centre of the circle. Weight on L foot.
1-5 As Part A1 but facing the centre of the circle (forwards inwards stepping R, L, R; L back bicycle to touch close, L to the side).
6 R close (with weight this time).
7-12 Repeat bars 1-6 on the opposite feet but going out backwards (backwards outwards stepping L, R, L; R back bicycle to touch close, R to the side, L close).