Hi everyone,

Dances from December 4, 2004, at the Salvation Army Gym, 7-10 PM.
*Cris brought a, Ipod, to check out. Very nice!

1 Barsgeren Yeghanag "Persian Melody" -Cris taught, Learned from
Tineke van Geel.
Beginning dances, with brief descriptions as memory jogs:

2 Setnja -Serbia -Line dance. Formal or escort hand hold, that is,
L hand is on hip, person behind holds onto inside of elbow with
R hand, their L hand on hip...etc. When music speeds up
drop to "V" hand hold, the walk turns to a skip. The dance
moves to the R. The rhythem is slow, slow, quick, quick, quick.
(SSQQQ) Each beat matches a step: Walk RLRLR. Piviot on R to back
up LR (SS), then forward LRL(QQQ). On the last L you are headed to
begin the dance again.

3 Ersko Kolo -Serbia -Open circle. Hands held down in "V"
position. Cecelia calls this the, "picket fence dance."
The 1st part: Do 15 side behinds -step R, step L behind- the
last step (the 16th) stamp L next to R. Repeat, this time moving
to the L, with opposite foot work. The 2nd part: Quick walk
diagonally to the R, RLR, (hop on R); back up LRL (hop on L);
Same steps this time into and out of center. Repeat part 2, then
start the dance from the beginning.

4 An Dro -France\Brittany -Pinky hold, arms in "W" position,
Closed Circle, moves slowly to the left -CW, because of pie.
Slices of pie, small slices. (I must be getting hungary...:)
OK. Start by moving diag L. Step L, bring R to L, step L and
pivot on L. (now to cut out the other side of the pie.) Back
out diag. stepping back on R, bring L to R, step back R. Repeat
Over and over until the end. The arms are moving in time with
your legs. As you go in, everyones arms are making a circle -
CW, one and a half times. Backing out the circle is CCW. The
way we do it is half speed, it's quite a workout up to speed!

5 Jiana -Transylvania, Romanian -Back basket hold, long
introduction, begin with singing, R foot in center rock back and
forth moving to the left. Happy, bouncy -this is a love song.
Then two side steps to R. Rpt opp, two side steps to R,
stomp R 4x, Grapevine: R in cross L, R out behind L, Rpt.
Stomp L once, Buzz step: keep R in center push with L -look
up and lean back...be happy.

6 Srbijanka -Serbia -Russ taught -Hands held down at sides.
Walking in line. Starting with R foot, walk 2 steps. Turn
slightly, (like above) touch L to R foot, then step L with L
foot, touch R to L foot. Continue this way until you hear the
change in the music, then you reverse and using the same steps
travel in the opposite direction. The leader spirals the line
into the center of the circle, or out.

7 Bitola -Macedonia (lesnoto)

8 Kendime -Turkey -Pinky hold. Arms up in "W" position. Walking
CCW in line, starting with R foot, walk 4 steps; Turn slightly,
(like you were facing toward the center if we were dancing in a
circle but we're not, this is a "line" dance.) Step R ft to
side. -You could think this as the 5th step because the walking
to the R ends, now you are facing center; to-
touch L to R then step L ft to side, slightly toward center;
touch R to L calf, bending L knee and body back. Repeat dance
until the music ends.

9 Makedonka -Macedonia -Russ taught

10 Trugnala Rumjana -Bulgaria -Arms up, "W" position (bent at elbow)
A slow grapevine, walk in line, R L. Step to the side with
the R, turning to face "center," step behind your R foot with
your L foot. Step to the side with your R foot and lift
your L foot bending at the knee. (like a string was pulling
at your knee, below your knee is relaxed) Foot parallel to the
floor. Put your L foot back down, spaced about your shoulder
width. Lift your R foot as previously described. That's the
dance. Repeat over and over. A very relaxing dance.

Ersko Kolo -Serbia


11 Childgrove -English country dance
12 Galaonal de la Birca -Romania
13 Tsamikos -Greek
14 Vlas^ko -Vlach, NW Bulgaria (long version)
15 Basara -Serbia
16 Swineherds Dance -Ugros -"For a Birthday"
Sang Happy Birthday to Russ (12/2) Thanks Larissa for the goodies
17 Dvas^ti Tris^ti -Rhodopes, Bulgaria -Russ taught
18 Sylivrianos Syrtos -Greek
19 Two Hand Reel -Ireland
20 U S^est -Serbia -Sam led
21 Tamzara -Armenia
22 Kol Dodi -Israel
23 Melissa's Waltz (music is Amelia's Waltz)
24 Alunelul de la Urzica -Romania
25 Heya Heya -Modern Israeli couple danceb
26 Pidhichtos Banas (PEE-deek-tos BAH-nas) -North Thrace
27 Yolanda -Columbian
28 Dayagim -Israeli couple dance
29 Skudrinka -Macedonia
30 Lugovonjka -Russian -means, "duckling" -Cris led (Tineke's)
31 Nino -Armenia -"sad Nino and his happy lover" -Cris led (Tineke's)
32 Gorani -Armenia
33 Newcastle -English country dance

In attendance:
1 Connie
2 Cris
3 Jackie
4 Jon
5 Larissa
6 Lauren
7 Marianne
8 Marvin
9 Meged <Larissa sister
10 Missy
11 Roger
12 Russ
13 Ruth
14 Sam
15 Ted
16 Melissa and her son
17 John -both 1st time folk dancing, also were her husband and
brother and father-in-law; enjoyed the show.

Saturday* International Folk Dance, December 11, 2004 at the
Salvation Army Gym, 7 to 10pm.
**No folk dancing Christmas day.
**There will be a folk dance New Years day, 7-10PM as usual.
Lita sent a thank you, for me to include in the dance
report last week but forgot to put in, sorry about that.
sent 11/21/04:
Your kindness in celebrating my birthday is much appreciated!
Thank you!
Cheers, Lita
Swing Dancing at the Sons of Norway, will be the 1st Friday
and the 3rd Saturday of the month. Lessons-7:30-8 or so.
Dance, 8ish to 11:00. $5.00 Cover
The 4nd Contra Dance of the season will be at the Sons of Norway.
December 10, 2004. (The 2nd Friday of each month.) The Sons of
Norway's address is 347 1st Ave E. The dance is from 8:00 to 11pm,
with the beginners' workshop starting at 7:30pm.
Hello Fellow dancers,

Just want to let you all know that we are resuming folk dancing here in
Butte on Sunday evenings 7-9 p.m. at the Sacred Ground Center 126 S.
Main. If you can get over for dancing and don't want to drive home the
same night, we have a couple of extra beds at our house-- give us a call
if you want to do that.
Eva & Max
From Lita:
"Potential January social gathering: "The Court Jester" and taco party.
Since 4 people asked about borrowing the movie, there's interest in seeing
it, but people are getting busy with the holidays. Let's postpone until
January. You're certainly all welcome to Polson to watch this movie on my
12 inch screen, but if someone up there would like to host prior to a dance,
it's a lot more likely people will actually show up. If you might be
interested in hosting, or have an alternative suggestion, please let me
(Lita) know and we'll see what might work when it's closer to that time.
"The Court Jester": 1956 Danny Kaye movie, costarring Glynis Johns, Basil
Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker and others. Setting is 12th century
England. Comedy, 101 minutes in length. Sam and Ruth and give it a thumbs
up, and Lauren's kids also enjoyed it.
Taco party: typically tortillas or taco shells and perhaps a meat sauce are
provided, and everyone brings an ingredient to share (tomato, cheese,
avocado, salsa, whatever). Simple and fun."
Wintergreen Contra Dance 2005 @ Bozeman, MT. Jan. 28-30.
Brought to you by the Bozeman Folklore Society
Steam and Stomp, last weekend of February 2005. I found the
"lost" e-mail:
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004
From: Cecelia
Subject: Bozeman IFD: Events (Feed your Feet)/belt holds
*** Steam & Stomp 2005. Here's Bill Bucher:
Hi Folkdancers - As those of you who were there know, Steam and Stomp
was great fun, as always, but we missed those of you who couldn't make
it. Just to help you plan ahead, Boulder Hot Springs has proposed
February 26 and 27 for Steam and Stomp 2005. They have also mentioned
some price increases for the next gathering (these apply to all groups).
Meals (three) will cost $4 more or $35. Rooms will cost $50 plus tax for
single occupancy and $37.50 plus tax each for double occupancy. I hope
the dates and rates work for you. Keep on dancing. - Bill
For other dance information from Bozeman and Butte check out our web
site: http://www.montanafolkdance.org
Any suggestions, comments, corrections, you have are welcome!