Vitanovsko Horo
(Bulgaria)

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Region detail Šopkso.
Dance Structure (A x 2) + (B1 +B2). Repeated throughout the music.
Formation Open circle. Belt-hold.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 4 bars/phrase.
Music Speed 150 counts/min.
Alternative names 'Vitanovsko Horo' is how Caspar transcribed it.
'Vitanovo Horo' is an alternative transcribed name used by some WWW references.
Music 'Carnilchice, Devoiko' composed by Emil Kolev & sung by Pavlina Gorcheva.
Source Caspar Bilk live online in the 73rd Stockton Folkdance Camp (online due to COVID-19) 2020-7-12.

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.

Lively in the bouncy Šopkso style.

This was the first dance I learnt & wrote up purely from a live online class (during a COVID-19 lockdown). These typed notes are based on the rough notes I wrote the next morning. When I learnt it Caspar adapted it to stay centred on the same spot to fit the video system better, rather than progressing around a circle, by increaseing the travel to the left in Part A bar 5 to equal the travel to the right in Part A bars 1-2. He also reduced the amount of bounce & heights of lifts after finding they shocked some dancers. I've not put those adaptations in these notes.

The timing is easy - regular steps (or lifts, jumps etc.) on each beat. Part A to the sung verses, Parts B to the instrumentals.

Style: Light & bouncy on the balls the feet - the travelling steps are almost running even when not specified as such. Lively. Fast travelling. Quite high lifts. Upright.

Introduction

Summary: 16 bars. Start with the singing.

The recording of the tune starts with 16 bars of instrumental (Parts B music). Use that as the introduction & start dancing immediately afterwards when the singing starts.

Part A

Summary: (Grapine R starting R side, L across behind) x 2. (Leap onto R in place hooking L across infront, mirror, R in place lifting L, L splat infront. Mirror.) R in place, L dig, (L side, R across infront) x 2, L side, R dig. (R infront, L across behind, R side, L dig. Mirror.)

Start Facing the centre of the circle. Weight on L foot. Belt-hold.
1
1 R to the side.
2 L across behind.
3 R to the side.
4 L across behind. (This bar comprises a Grapevine step to the R.)
2 Repeat bar 1 (Grapine R starting R side, L across behind).
3
1 Leap onto R in place whilst briskly lifting the L leg & hooking it across infront of the R leg. The L ft ends up perpendicular to the L lower leg with the heel slight to the R of the R leg at mid shin to just below knee height.
2 Mirror count 1 (leap onto L in place hooking R across infront).
3 R in place lifting L.
4 L splat (stamp flatted footed with straight knee (called a Beetle Crusher in Morris Dancing)) infront without weight transfer.
4 Repeat bar 3 in mirror image (leap on L in place hooking R across infront, mirror, L in place lifting R, R splat).
5
1 R in place.
2 L lift & dig (straighten the knee lowering the the lower leg parallel to its starting position, as if digging with a spade, but not reaching the floor).
3 L to the side.
4 R across infront.
6
1-2 Repeat bar 5 counts 3-4 (L side, R across infront).
3 L to the side.
4 R lift & dig.
7
1 R infront.
2 L across behind.
3 R to the side.
4 L lift dig.
8 Repeat bar 7 in mirror image (L infront, R across behind, L side, R dig).

Part B1

Summary: Run forwards 4 steps starting R. (Jump R onto both feet, L kick forwards. Mirror.) Part A last 2 bars.

1
1 R forwards run.
2 L forwards run.
3-4 Repeat counts 1-2. (R & L forwards run.)
2
1 Jump to the R onto both feet tother.
2 L lift & kick it forwards.
3-4 Repeat counts 1-2 in mirror. (Jump L onto both feet, R kick forwards)
3-4 Repeat Part A bars 7-8. (R infront, L across behind, R side, L dig. Mirror.)

Part B2

Summary: Part B1 running out backwards.

The same as Part B1 but travel out backwards in bar 1 back to original circle.