Bregovsko Horo, Бреговско хоро – Bulgaria

Bregovsko Horo BREH-gohf-skoh hoh-ROH. Bregovo is a small Bulgarian town (2009 pop. 2,592) near the Serbian/Romanian/Bulgarian border, on the Timok river, in the province of Vidin. Breg means “shore”, ovo indicates a location; Bregovo means “on or at the shore”. Bregovo’s location would lead one to guess that dances from there would have Serbian and/or Romanian influences, and in this case one’s guess would be bang on.

Here’s the dance goup “Kalina” performing a basic Bregovsko with belt hold. Basket and “V” holds are also OK.
Now notice the popular Serbian Čačak. Same footwork in terms of structurre – 10 measures, and weight changes – R,L,R,L,R,Rhop,L,Lhop, R,Rhop,L,R,L,Lhop, R,Rhop,L,R,L,Lhop. The major difference between Čačak and Bregovsko is that in Bregovsko [during the 1st L,Lhop sequence], the R foot crosses over the L instead of staying in place. Also the last step in Bregovsko is an unweighted stamp on the R instead of a hop on the L.

For more on Čačak, clickhttps://folkdancefootnotes.org/dance/a-real-folk-dance-what-is-it/about/cacak/

Yves Moreau introduced Bregovsko Horo to North American dancers in 1974. The dance has remained remarkably consistent both among recreational folk dancers and in Bulgaria, where, though I haven’t found any Living “village” examples, it is a popular performance dance. The performers, however, have added several variations on the basic sequence.

A clear demonstration of Bregovsko Horo at Appleton, Wisconsin.

Bregovsko Horo Variations

This group has the standard footwork, but a unique combination of arm swings.
The Chipnitsa folk group – double the first figure, then add other variations!
Bregovsko starts at 4:05. Many variations, but always within the 10-measure format.
The wall-climbing variation. Very difficult!
Capricornia Dance Exchange from Australia using Moreau’s music but not his footwork.

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