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Horo (or Oro)
Horo (or Oro) dance
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Bulgaria macedonia How to dance Horo Characteristic dances of the Balkans. Horos are danced on line, open circle, or spiral. Dancers hold hands or belt. The open chain is lead. It's departure is called the head and the end the tail (like an animal). On the head, the leader agitates a handkerchief. There are hundreds of Horos with very varied steps. They can be symetric or asymetric. Horos are danced during Easter festival, at St-George's fest, big festivals and fairs.
The easiest oro is Lesnoto, and the more difficult is Techkoto.

Daychovo Horo is a circle dance in which the leader tells the next step to do. Hold hands : see www.youtube.com and hold belts : see www.youtube.com
Most horos go to the right, but some go to the left or in both directions. Horos going to left are usualy linked to rituals and the next-world. Great festival horos, of easter or St-George begin with a female Horo going to the left. Horos danced on a song are generally female and are played on a closed circle.
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