Legnala Dana (2*)- Macedonian music, but whose dance?

*2nd Generation dance. A dance that developed and was disseminated in a non-traditional way. 2G dances are specific – have a fixed format designed to correspond with the arrangement of a particular recording., whereas 1G dances are generic – have a shorter sequence that works with live music – where many different songs are played and arrangements vary according to the tastes of musicians and dancers. For more on the differences between 1st & 2nd G dances click here.

Legnala Dana is certainly a popular Macedonian folk song.  I’ve found 11 YouTubes of its performance in Macedonia, plus a few others of its being performed in Poland, Croatia, USA, etc.  Here’s an old TV clip

Tanec, the Macedonian state dance troupe, made a recording, with added harmonies

In 1969 Atanas Kolarovski, former director of Tanec who defected to the USA, introduced to his North American followers a dance he called Legnala Dana, using the Tanec recording.

Notice how the dance phrases follow the record phrases exactly (after an un-necessary pause for the “right” starting point.) – not typical of 1st Generation folk dances – (where generic dances are applied to many songs, and where the song and dance phrases often don’t match.)

A search for Legnala Dana the dance yields lots of results for non-Macedonian recreational dance groups – all of whom would have learned from Atanas or his pupils.  However I can find no one dancing to this song in Macedonia.  There are 2 YouTubes of ‘live’ Macedonian singing performances with audience – normally a place where cameras like to pan to dancers every once in awhile to keep things interesting.  In both cases people just sit.

Until I see evidence of a Macedonian dancing to Legnala Dana, I’m calling it a Macedonian song with 2nd G choreography.

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