Râčenica (L*)- Bulgaria

*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.

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An example of a solo râčenica.  It’s in the slow, earthy style of Dobrudja.  The costume is Dobridjan as well.
 
A couple râčenica for the first 2:50, then a chain râčenica, Trakijska Râčenica na Horo.
 
There are even couple râčenica contests, involving mock rivalries between the men (and women!)
 
A wedding where everyone is doing a very simple râčenica – just 2 steps.  The 1st two QQ steps are fused into one slow step, transforming  the dance from Quick, Quick, Slow to Slower, Slow.
 
Here’s a link to a slightly more complicated chain râčenica
 
Here’s another link to the basic step incorporated into a feature of modern Bulgarian weddings – the Cake dance
 
 
 

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