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Long time no write

It’s been a while since I wrote, but now I’m back! Sue Chase taught Opincuta from Romania,
I’m having trouble finding it online. I will post it as soon as I find it. I am also looking for the
DVD I purchased from Christian and Sonia about two years ago. My house is in disarray, that is one reason I haven’t blogged recently and why the DVD is hiding!

We’ve been doing Mori Shej with Jay leading since we learned it at Makemie Woods,but Susan Oberman actually taught it this week. It is a great Hungarian- Rom tune. In fact the tune was in my head for a whole weekend a couple of weeks ago!

I am continuing “cleaning up” the videos that I took of Susan O. and hope to get Vlashko(long version) on before next Wednesday!

Continue the dance!
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Vlasko – Long Version – Description

It’s been a while since I have blogged. We’ve been having a great time dancing and learning new dances!

On May 12, Irene Sarnelle brought some of her students from Mary Baldwin College. It was wonderful to have an infusion of young energy! Who would have thought that we could use a bigger room! There were a grand total of 30 people dancing!

Below begins the teaching videos of the long version of Vlasko that we taped at the home of Susan O.


Vlasko – Long Version – description from M B Shaw on Vimeo.

More to come!

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Makemie Woods

I would like to thank the Virginia Beach Folk Dance Group for their continuing efforts in bringing us such a great opportunity to learn new dances and dance the ones we know with friends we don’t often see. Mike, Judy and Sam did a great job teaching. It was also a treat having live music. Would some one please email me the names of the muscians so that I can thank them properly! I hope to see more of you there in the fall!

Thank you Susan J. for the link to Sitna Zborenka http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3voynv0ACo

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Kolo Zita, Sitna Zborenka

It’s great to have Susan O. back teaching.We hope that Susan J’s back will heal rapidly so that she can be back dancing and teaching. Kolo Zita http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD2KsSljWXo This youtube site has a suite of other Croatian dances being performed with Kolo Zita this one is done a little differently. I couldn’t find the Bulgarian dance Sitna Zborenka on the internet.

We had an even dozen dancers this week. Great to see and dance with everyone!

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Charlottesville International Folk Dancers’ review and new dances taught

The dances reviewed this week were Dhivaratikos which you can see a group doing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcjmwtGTdSM , and which was taught earlier on this blog by Susan O.

Liliano Mome at
Hora la Trei- I didn’t find any examples on the web.
Louisiana Saturday Night
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZpuI2GfudA This version is a little different as it changes direction with each restart of the combinations. This next one does too, but the group doing the dance is dressed in “cowboy garb”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZpuI2GfudA

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Morningside Demonstration – Wheel chair dancing

The Charlottesville International Folk Dancers were invited to do a demonstration at Morningside Retirement Home on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. The facility had an International Theme for their monthly family dinner. They were a very receptive and appreciative audience. I only regret that I “asked” them to do a dance with us instead of just telling them that part of the “program” was audience participation. I lost my nerve because I hadn’t done it before.

Zemer Atik is a perfect dance that can be adapted to wheelchair dancing. The first time I saw wheel chair dancing was in Ohio performing with Zivili in an outdoor festival. If anyone out there has some other ideas about dances to include in demonstrations with people who cannot fully participate, please reply to this post or email me at birdproject2010@gmail.com .

Of course, had I tried to do it on Thursday, I would have been “Flying by the seat of my pants”, because I had only thought of the idea a couple of hours earlier. Now, I have more time to plan the specifics. Once I fully think it through, I will post the plans.

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