Gankino (L*) ганкино хоро- One dance, Two rhythms

*a Living dance is a 1st Generation dance that is still performed in the country of origin (or immigrant communities) as part of a social event like a wedding where others can participate (not for an audience) by people who learned the dance informally (from friends and relatives by observation and imitation, not in a classroom situation). For more information, click here and here.

For a basic understanding of the Gankino dance, rhythm, and relation to other dances in 11/16, click

Gankino – One dance Two rhythms

I always understood that Gankino was a dance in 11/16 -QQSQQ. The foot pattern is a variation of the Taproot Dance – basically the same as the T-9A [Click] but to a longer, faster rhythm.

11/16 – QQSQQ
A solo demonstration – QQSQQ
A Living version -QQSQQ
Another Living version. I like the variety here – lots of different variations, each doing her/his own thing. QQSQQ
A Wedding, mostly Pravo, but at 5:19, a Gankino – fast!
School girls have the rhythm down, but already seem bored with the basic footwork
The recreational folk dance is, for once, the same! Classic Boris Karlov music. QQSQQ
A performing group doing fancy variations. QQSQQ
More fancy steps QQSQQ
I don’t see this as a couple dance, just 2 fancy dancers.

Gankino in 9/16

The same footwork pattern as the basic QQSQQ Gankino, what I call a Taproot T-9A, can be found in Macedonia (Devetorka) (See ), Greece (Šareni Čorapi) (see, and Serbia (Niska Banja), See danced to a 9/8 or 9/16 rhythm. It seems Bulgarians call it Samokovsko horo, and are beginning to call it Gankino, especially when coupled with a VERY popular pop song, Biala Roza.

QQQS Gankino horo, as done to the song Biala Roza, 2011.
Same dance, different name. QQQS. Jaap Leegwater says this is another name for Devetorka (See ) Is this how Gankino became a 9/8 dance?
Teach, Demonstrate QQQS
Canadian Bulgarians QQQS
Back to Bulgaria, Black Sea coast, and “Biala Roza” 2015, QQQS.
A Bulgarian heavy metal version, 2019. QQQS.
It’s also popular in Romania (with added leg lift) where it’s known by the most famous song, Biala Roza. 2019.

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