Tag Archives: Steve Kotansky

Makemie Woods Wedding Anniversary Celebration

The fall Makemie Woods dance weekend was a special event celebrating the anniversary of Judy and Lance.  Twenty years ago Judy and Lance were married at Makemie Woods! It was great to see the pictures from their wedding. Paraphrasing a quote from an interview with Steve Kotansky “What better way to meet your life partner than folk dancing!”

This month Sue C. started teaching  “Ketri, Ketri” an Albanian Roma dance at our regular Wednesday meetings. Even though it was presented to our group as an Albanian Roma dance, the song seems to be Hungarian Gypsy as stated by some authorities.

Below is a video of the way she taught it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCLhAY8ai4o

Steve Kotansky is doing a different version in the video below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92zq77Zlvv8
The notes for Steve’s version are below:
http://www.folkdancenotes.com/dancenotes/ketri.htm
This dance is considered a cocek by some dance authorities.
http://www.andybettis.com/dance/steps/Chochek.html

From the UK come the following comments about the dance!
http://duramecho.com/Dance/BEECIIFolkDance/Ketri_Ketri.html

The other dance that Sue taught was an Albanian dance Valle Pogonishte. She taught is as the way that the group below does it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfvKgfgqTss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzvs1bkBUTc
The notes for it are below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfvKgfgqTss

Another Blogger has some interesting comments on the dance.
http://katleyplanetbg.blogspot.com/2013/05/two-variations-on-albanian-folk-dance.html

Dance with as many children as you can this week!

Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy Dancing!

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Learning Gerakina, Gorache and Hora Schioapa and update on Sadi Moma

Last week Sue continued teaching Gerakina from Greece. At last search there is not a video available on the internet. Bill continued teaching the challenging  but fun dance Gorache from Albania.  We  learned the dance from Steve Kotansky. Below is a video of the  Kolokoalition doing the dance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG7OEMMQiK8

The steps are the same but the number of times we do the steps are different.

Bill also reviewed Hora Schioapa from Moldova, Romania.  The notes are :
http://www.folkdancecamp.org/08syllabus/H–Hora%20schioapa%20(2008SFDC).pdf

I couldn’t find a video of the dance as we learned it from Sonia and Cristian.  It is on their Romanian Realm DVD-special edition.  It is a fairly easy dance with lively music. Usually the whole group gets up and dances to this dance.

Also, thank you to Sally who found this video of Sadi Moma!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?

v=-tw9_PL5Y7g

The teaching and review of dances are video recorded every week.

Our dance list is provided at:
http://www.charlottesvilleinternationalfolkdance.com/

Until next time… Please forward this Blog to anyone who might be interested!
Another Day, Another Dance,
Happy Dancing!