*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.
A fairly simple chain râčenica from the Thrace region called, appropriately Trakijska Râčenica, or “râčenica from Thrace”. Sometimes the words “na Horo” are added to indicate it’s a line dance. This example has a fairly long introduction. the dancing starts at the one minute mark.
The dance pattern repeats every 8 measures, or every 8 QQS’s. I’ve found many dances online called Trakijska Râčenica that have similar footwork but employ 9, 10, 12, or 16 measure phrases.
I’ve chosen the music for this particular râčenica for several reasons.
1. It’s very Bulgarian
2. It’s got a fun song Stojne, Stojne. I’ve attached the lyrics below.
3. It’s a good example of music from Thrace
4. The râčenica rhythm of Q,Q,S, is easy to hear
5. It features the instruments used in a typical ensemble from Thrace, played in a style that’s typical of Bulgarian music in general.
Below is the shorthand notation:
Finally, I’ve attached a few more râčenica’s of various types, just to give you a sense of the dance’s various incarnations.
An example of solo râčenica:
A simple râčenica danced by everyone