I’d Rather Be Dancing: Bulgarian Folk Dances

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Bulgaria is known as The Land of Roses and produces 85% of the world’s rose oil.

It also has a rich culture including lots of beautiful dances.

Vrapceto is popular in the United States and is often taught to children. Usually it is performed in short lines of about six dancers with hands joined in a basket hold.

Kapetan Vojvoda. You might want to view this one full screen. (Actually, they’re all better full-screen. Do you know how to do that? Click on the broken square in the lower right hand corner of the frame.)

Ciganko.

Doydi Doydi Libe Le.

Eleno Mome. I love the costumes in this video!

Godecki Cacak.

Juta. This music has an incredibly long introduction before the dance begins. You can skip to 1:04 if you’re short on time.

Gankino Horo.

There are several dances that go by the name of Malesevsko Horo. This is the version my club has done, but with different music.

Varnenska Kjucek. (several of my dance friends are in this video)

Vlasko Horo is one of my favorite dances, though I often mess up on the fast parts.

 

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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