Gankino (L*)- 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 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.

Same dance, different name. QQQS. Jaap Leegwater says this is another name for Devetorka (See ) Is this how Gankino became a 9/8 dance?
Demonstrate QQQS
Canadian Bulgarians QQQS
Back to Bulgaria. QQQS

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