Za pojas translates as “By the Belt”, the way people (used to) hold on while doing this family of dances. It’s a rather large family, covering dances from Eastern North Macedonia, West Bulgaria, South Serbia, extreme southwest Romania, and bits of East Kosovo.
Za pojas structure
What the family has in common is a 10-measure (20 count) structure, consisting of 2 measures of one kind of step, plus 3 measures of another kind of step, (5 measures) then the whole 5 measures repeated starting on the other foot (10 measures total).
One direction or two?
The two dances above move back-and-forth, though with bigger steps to the right than to the left, thus slightly progressing overall. However, the same 10-measure pattern could be used to progress even more in one direction than the other, (especially if the 5 measures in one direction are not quite the same footwork as the 5 measures in the other direction,) as in Šopsko horo, also known as Šopsko za pojas.
1st & 2nd Generation dances
Here’s a chart showing how Za pojas relates to the other Taproot patterns