Džangurica (1*) – Bulgaria (Moreau, 1st G)

*1st Generation dance. A dance that developed in a traditional way – not ‘taught’ by a teacher or choreographer, but ‘learned’ by observing and imitating others in your “village”, where the village’s few dances were the only dances anyone knew. It usually is ‘generic’ – the dance pattern is fairly simple and not tied to any particular piece of music. The dance phrase may or may not match any musical phrase, but the music’s rhythm must be suitable for performing the footwork. This dance may have many variations, but they’re performed at the whim or inspiration of the leader or (sometimes) any other dancer so long as it doesn’t interfere with the flow of neighboring dancers. For more, click here, here, and here.

Džangurica – (JEEN-goor-eet-sah)

Džangurica is popular in Bulgaria, said to be a dance from the village of Džangura in the Pirin (Bulgarian Macedonia) region.  I can find no similar dances in North Macedonia or Greek Macedonia. It’s in 9/8 time, a Q,Q,Q,S, (12,12,12,123,) phrase.  The dance consists of 4 phrases – 1st, 3rd, & 4th in place, and the 2nd travelling to the right.

A version very popular in Bulgaria today (2018) is described under 3a.- LIVING DANCES.

Yves Moreau brought the (less strenuous) version below to North America in 1981.  He credits his source as Zbornik Bâlgarski Folklorni Hora, CHS Sofia, 1972. This dance consists of 4 double phrases (2 x 9/8) – 1st, 3rd, & 4th in place, and the 2nd travelling to the right. I have not yet (2018) found any YouTubes of this version of   Džangurica performed in Bulgaria.


A CD of this music and also a DVD of Yves demonstrating this and 19 other Bulgarian dances can be purchased from Yves directly by clicking the following link:



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