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A list of many of the Csángó dances from Moldva, along with useful reference videos and notations of dance steps. A variety of wind, stringed, and percussion instruments are used for dancing in Moldva, including the hegedű (fiddle), furulya (short flute), kaval (long flute), tilinkó (overtone flute), koboz (lute), dob (drum), levél síp (leaf whistle), and doromb (mouth harp). (This page is a work in progress.)

Circle and line dances

Botosánka / Munteneászka (Munteneasca)

Teaching review video (#5 of 9 dances)

Bulgáros / Bulgárjászka (Bulgăreasca)

Táncház in a park

Táncház at Fonó - 2016 (April)

Children's group in a studio

Dance in two parts, pattern is A-A-B1-B2. Position is two facing lines with hands crossed behind backs (back basket). Sometimes, as a game, children will run through the center as the opposing lines are coming together, to see if they can race through and avoid being squashed.

  • PART A: Skips forward and back
  • Skip R fwd [1], skip L fwd [2], skip R fwd [3], small skip L fwd [&], small skip R fwd [4]; skip L bk [5], skip R bk [6], skip L bk [7], small skip R bk [&], small skip L bk [8]
  • PART B1: Stamps - triplets
  • Stamp R 3 times fwd [1&2], step R in place [&], stamp L 3 times fwd [3&4], step L in place [&]; stamp R 3 times fwd [5&6], step R in place [&], stamp L 3 times fwd [7&8], step L in place [&]
  • PART B2: Stamps - single, single, triplet
  • Stamp R fwd [1], step R in place [&], stamp L fwd [2], step L in place [&], stamp R 3 times fwd [3&4], step R in place [&]; stamp L fwd [5], step L in place [&], stamp R fwd [6], step R in place [&], stamp L 3 times fwd [7&8], step L in place [&]

Cuka

Teaching review video (#6 of 9 dances)

Erdélyes / Árdeleánka (Ardeleanca)

Félöves

Gergelytánc / "Édes Gergelem"

Adult performance video - 2009

Youth performance video - 2018

Danced in a circle with arms in "W" position, moving in one direction per 8 counts. Steps are described below when going to the right; swap all feet when going left.

  • BASIC: Stomp, limp step, twisty walks, stamp
  • Facing to R (LOD): stomp L by R [1], pause [2], small step R fwd (limp) [&], step L fwd [3], step R fwd with small twist [4], step L fwd with small twist [5], step R fwd with small twist [6], stamp L by R [7], step L to L as turn to face L (RLOD) [8]
  • VAR. 1: Stomp, 2 limp steps, stamp
  • Facing to R (LOD): stomp L by R [1], pause [2], small step R fwd (limp) [&], step L fwd [3], pause [2], small step R fwd (limp) [&], step L fwd [5], step R fwd with small twist [6], stamp L by R [7], step L to L as turn to face L (RLOD) [8]
  • VAR. 2: Stomp, 3 limp steps, stamp
  • Facing to R (LOD): stomp L by R [1], pause [2], small step R fwd (limp) [&], step L fwd [3], small step R fwd (limp) [&], step L fwd [4], small step R fwd (limp) [&], step L fwd [5], step R fwd with small twist [6], stamp L by R [7], step L to L as turn to face L (RLOD) [8]
  • VAR. 3: Stomp, 3 hop-stomp steps, stamp
  • Facing to R (LOD): stomp L by R [1], pause [2], small hop on L as stamp R to R [3], small hop on L as stamp R to R [4], small hop on L as stamp R to R [5], step R fwd with small twist [6], stamp L by R [7], step L to L as turn to face L (RLOD) [8]

Kezes (Hora)

Teaching review video (#1a of 9 dances)

Korobjászka (Corobiasca)

Nyelu (Alunelul)

Táncház video - 2016 (May)

Ördög útja (Drumul dracului)

Öves (Brâu)

Teaching review video (#4 of 9 dances)

Archival video - (1992)

Pálmácska

Children's group in a studio - 2018

Pingvin tánc

Children's group in a studio - 2018

Ráca / Récés (Raţa)

Outdoor táncház video - 2011 (June)

Részeges (Ciuleandra)

Táncház video - 2016 (April)

Serény magyaros

Stica

Táncház video - 2011 (November)

Táncház video - 2011 (April)

Szerba (Sârba)

Teaching review video (#2 of 9 dances)

Tanuló szerba / Szerba sztudencilor (Sârba studenților)

Tiszti szerba / Szerba officerászka (Sârba ofițerească)

Táncház video - 2011 (October)

Tűz lángja

Teaching review video (#9 of 9 dances)

Vert kezes (Hora pe bătută)

Performance video - 2014 (May)

Zdrabuleánka / Zdrobuleánka (Zdrăboleanca)

Táncház video - 2019 (January)

Couple dances

Banumarocsini (Banu Mărăcine) [Somoska]

Táncház video - 2016 (April)

Burlediánka / Buriliánka (Bârlădeanca)

Táncház video - 2019 (January)

Csárdáska

Táncház video - 2019 (January)

Festeres [7/8 rhythm]

Táncház video - 2010 (September)

Hojna / Csaszu (Ceasul)

Teaching review video (#7 of 9 dances)

Kecskés (Capra) [7/8 rhythm]

Teaching review video (#3 of 9 dances)

Keresel

Táncház video - 2011 (April)

Kettős / Gyedoi (De doi)

Performance video - 2009

Kezes [couple variant]

Teaching review video (#1b of 9 dances)

Románca (Românca)

Táncház video - 2016 (May)

Ruszászka (Rusasca)

Táncház video - 2019 (January)

Seremoj

Teaching review video (#8 of 9 dances)

Virágtánc / Floricsika (Floricica)

Táncház video - 2016 (April)