PAIDUSHKO HORA- BULGARIA

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PAIDUSHKO HORA DANCE, BULGARIA

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Performed to a “5-meter beat” is a Southeast European style of dancing known as Paidushko Hora. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from Bulgaria, and traditionally was considered to be a “men’s” dance. Furthermore, nowadays this dance is performed by both males as well as females. In addition, in Macedonia it is commonly referred to as the “Drunken dance”. Like several Balkan dance styles, the Paidushko Hora also comprises of variations depending upon the region of origin.

a. History/origin of the Paidushko Hora:

In terms of the history/origin of the Hora dance form, it is said that it actually first originated in Greece. Furthermore, this dance style has evolved gradually over the years, and also gained popularity rapidly in the Balkan region in countries such as Romania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria.

b. Costumes used in the Paidushko Hora:

The costumes generally worn long tunic tops and trousers by the male performers while, the females attire will usually include full skirts, colourful scarves worn around the neck, and belted mid calf length dresses.

c. Music involved in the Paidushko Hora:

The musical instruments mainly used include the cymbals, an accordion, and the violin.

d. Training availability and technique involved in the Paidushko Hora:

In terms of technique, the performers initially arrange themselves in a line while holding each other. Furthermore, the performers then move to the right using a series of “four lift steps”. They then move to the left while crossing the right foot in front of the left, which is closely followed by transferring the weight onto the right foot while moving the left foot to the right. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “folk” dance is mainly performed in the Balkan region in countries such as Romania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria.

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