Trei păzeste batrinesc

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Alternative Names 'Trei păzeste batrinesc' is the original spelling.
'Trei pazeste batrinesc' is it reduced to ASCII by missing off the accent.
Formation Short lines. Basket weave hold.
Dance Structure (A x 4 + B x 2 + C + D) repeated to the end of the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed 140 counts/min.
Translation Three part old-times dance.
Source Sally Fletcher in Ipswich who learnt it from Silviu Ciuciumiş in the Zetten Balkan Festival in 1997.

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This is a fast showy dance to infectiously jolly music that works in short lines and does not travel far so it is suitable for use on a stage.

This is the first Balkan dance I did as show dance for an audience. The others performing it had learnt it at Zetten recently before but I had to learn it from them at in a car-park shortly before the performance. That's one way of making a dance memorable!

It seems odd that a dance with this name clearly has 4 parts. That could be because the original had 3 parts. A version lead by Terresa at Balkan Plus dating from her performance group in Milwaukee in 1988 had (as well as some styling differences) the structure (B x 4 + C + D). I guess that, at some time in between, someone (possibly Silviu) decided that the first part was too repetitive, cut down Part B to the same length as Parts C & D and added Part A. However I think having Part A is an improvement (it fits the music well and gives a good slower, but powerful, contrast to the other parts) so I've kept it in.

Style: Upright, proud & fast. Light on the feet.


Summary: None.

No introduction. The dance starts immediately the music does. (Of course it can be easier to wait through the first time through the dance music and start dancing when the music returns to the next Part A.)

Part A

Summary: R close, L kick, L close, splat.

Start Facing centre of circle (or audience). Front basket-weave hold.
1 Close R.
2 Kick L vigorously forwards in a pushing motion (more like closing a low drawer than booting a football) with a slight backwards body lean.
3 Close L.
4 Splat R (i.e. stamp the foot down flat footedly infront with a straight knee (this needs a slight bend of the of the other knee) with a slight forwards body lean without weight transfer).

Part B

Summary: R splat x 2, side Triple Step R. Mirror.

Start Facing centre of circle (or audience).
1 Splat R.
2 Splat R.
3 & 4 Triple Step sideways (R side, L across behind, R side) to the R.
2 Repeat bar 1 but on the opposite feet and travelling the opposite way (splat L x 2, L Triple Step to the L).

Part C

Summary: R & L heel Triple step in. (R across infront, L in place, R side behind, L in place) x 2. Out L shoulder leading by (R close, L side with R flick) x 4. Cherkessia starting R across infront, mirror.

Start Facing centre of circle (or audience).
1 & 2 R triple step in (R forwards, L close behind, R forwards) touching only the heel of the leading (R) foot to the ground.
3 & 4 Repeat counts 1-2 on the opposite feet (L triple step in).
1 R across infront short flat footed step turning the body to 45 deg acw of the direction to the centre of the circle.
& L in place.
2 R to the side behind small flat footed step turning the body to 45 deg cw of the direction to the centre of the circle.
& L in place.
3-4& Repeat counts 1-2& (R across infront, L in place, R back, L in place).
1 Turning acw so that R shoulder is pointing toward the centre of the circle, close R to L.
& Quick little leap onto the flat L foot with the L foot going to its side (i.e. away from the centre of the circle) and the R foot flicking out its side (i.e. towards the centre). This is basically done by propelling to the L from the R foot which slips out sideways in reaction immediately weight is take off it.
2-4& Repeat counts 1-1& (R close, L side with R flick) 3 more times.
1 & 2 R foot Cherkessia (R across infront, L in place, R close).
3 & 4 Repeat counts 1-2 on opposite feet in mirror image (L foot Cherkessia).

Part D

Summary: (Reeders L starting R across infront) x 3.5. Mirror. Original. L in place, sweep R then L legs around behind across, R splat

Start Facing centre of circle (or audience).
1 R across infront on heel.
& Close L across behind on full foot. (Together with count 1, this comprises a R Reeder step.)
2-4 Repeat counts 1-1& 3 more times (3 Reeders) omitting the last step (i.e. R across, L close, R across, L close, R across).
2 Repeat bar 1 on opposite feet and travelling in the opposite direction (3.5 L foot Reeders to the R).
3 Repeat bar 1 (3.5 R foot Reeders to the L).
1 L in place.
2 Sweep R foot round in a low horizontal acw circle to across behind the L foot with weight transfer.
3 Repeat count 1 on the opposite feet in mirror image (sweep L around to across behind).
4 Splat R infront.