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From: Ron Houston. Folk Dance Problem Solver (1987). Austin, Texas: Society of Folk Dance Historians, 1987.

(a-loo-NE-loo buh-TOOT) = the stamping alunelu


Alunelul Batut from Bistret, Romania.


See the dance Alunelul for generic background. This particular version has but one step in common with that dance, yet near monozygotic similarity to another of our Friday Night dances, Murguletul. So, what's in a name? Other Alunelul Batut's have been taught in the US, but this one was introduced in 1971 by Eugenia Popescu-Judetz.


Lines, no partners, hands grasped behind your neighbor's back in back-basket-hold.

1-4No action. Stand there and absorb the bouncy, staccato mood of the dance.

 3 two-steps forward, 2 steps back. Lean slightly forward.
1Step forward onto R ft (ct 1), step beside R ft onto L ft (ct &), step forward onto R ft (ct 2).
2= 1 with opposite footwork.
3= 1.
4Straighten up and step back largely onto: L ft, R ft (cts 1,2).
 7's. In place:
5-6Step onto L ft (ct 1), step across L ft onto R ft (ct &), step onto L ft (ct 2), step to R onto R ft (ct &), step onto L ft (ct 1), step across L ft onto R ft (ct &), step onto L ft (ct 2).
7-8= 1-2 with opposite footwork and direction.
9= bar 2 of 7's.
10= bar 4 of 7's.
11Step to L onto L ft (ct 1), stamp beside L ft with R ft, no weight (ct &), step to R onto R ft (ct 2), stamp beside R ft with L ft, no weight (ct &).
12Step to L onto L ft (ct 1), stamp twice beside L ft with R ft, no weight (cts &,2).
 Repeat dance from the beginning.
 7's & 3's & 1's.
1-8= 5-12 of basic step.

Note: dance the BASIC STEP unless the leader (at R end) signals for the variation step well before bar 11 of the previous step. With warning, dancers can then finish the previous step by taking weight on the last R ft stamp.

Note: the BASIC STEP takes 12 bars but the VARIATION STEP takes 8 bars and puts you out of sync with the melodic line, unless you do 3 of them.

Note: of the 6 sets of directions I have for this dance, the "variation" step is described in only one, the most erroneous. If any of you know more about this variation STEP, please tell us.