Moldova

Încâlcita

The Romanian word încâlcita means confusing or unclear. In popular music it refers to a bit of cleverness by musicians (lautari) to surprise both listeners and dancers. The music begins with an introduction in 3/4 time, leading everyone to believe it’s a waltz. On the fifth measure, however, the musician turns the rhythm into a 4/4, throwing the disconcerted dancers into a muddle.
Încâlcita in Moldavia, Floricica in Oltenia and Brâuleţul in Muntenia are examples of dances requiring considerable skill and agility. The steps are fast, small and precise, enhanced with many crossing movements forward and back. They are done on the ball of the foot or the heel, in syncopated rhythms.

Presented by Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu in 2008. View pdf here.

Opincuţa

Opincuţa is a fast Hora from the Balţi region. One of the remarkable characteristics of the Hora family is the arm movement, as the arms are held in W-pos. Usually the hands create small circles and thus give a dynamic and enticing feel to the dance. However, the movement should always be done with a certain nimbleness and subtlety. This dance is performed through a magnificent interpretation of a popular song by a choir of Moldavian children. The crystal clear and warm voices of these kids make you want to dance with pleasure and vigor.

Presented by Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu in 2008. View pdf here.