Alunelul Batut – Romania

Alunelul (ah-loo-NEH-loo) is commonly thought to mean “little hazelnut tree”, but more likely means “John’s Dance” (see Alunelu(l) under 1st Generation Children’s dances).  It refers to a children’s folk song by that name, and also to a family of dances from Oltenia, characterized by short lines with shoulder or back basket holds, and crossing and stamping steps.   It seems every village has its own version of an Alunenul.  “Alunelul Batut” means “stamping Alunelul”, and is typical.

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Here’s a contemporary suite of Alunelul moves.



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