Bulgarian Dance Definitions

Rod Garnett, University of Wyoming Professor Emeritus and former member of Colcannon, brought a number of Bulgarian dances to the southern Wyoming folk music scene.
This page will help clarify the unusual meters we have encountered.

DAICHOVO HORO

An open-circle dance in a meter of 9 = 2 + 2 + 2 + 3 

HORO

An open-circle or line dance formed by dancers holding hands 

KOPANITSA

An open-circle dance in a meter of 11 = 2 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 2 

KRIVO PLOVDIVSKO HORO

"Crooked Dance from the Plovdiv region"; a dance in a meter of 13 = 2 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 2 + 2 

KUKERSKO HORO

Dance of the Kukers' ("masqueraders") on Kukers' Day; the carnival before Lent 

KYUCHECK

Rom (gypsy) solo dance with rapid hip movements 

MAKEDONSKO HORO

"Macedonian Dance" a dance in the meter of 7 = 3 + 2 + 2 

PRAVO HORO

"Straight Dance"; the most basic Bulgarian open-circle dance in a duple meter 

RUCHENITSA

Especially important at weddings; solo dance in a meter of 7 = 2 + 2 + 3 

SMESENO HORO

"Mixed Dance"; an instrumental tune that combines various additive meters 

 

These Bulgarian dance definitions are from the "Glossary of Bulgarian Terms" in
Timothy Rice's book Music in Bulgaria,  (c) 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc.