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

(a-loo-NEH-loo) = (the) little hazelnut

OTHER NAMES:

Alunelul Comun. Alunelul Cunoscut. The 5-3-1 Dance.

BACKGROUND:

Originally from Oltenia, a region in southwest Romania, Alunelul entered the Romanian school system curriculum in the early 20th century and spread country-wide. Larisa Lucaci taught it to the US in 1955; thence it spread worldwide. Being the generic name of a huge and disconnected family of dances, "alunelu" probably has nothing to do with the subfamily of birches, Betulaceae, commonly called hazelnuts, cobnuts, filberts, or (noix de) Philibert, named for a Frankish abbot and then saint who died in A.D. 684.

FORMATION:

Circle, your hands on your neighbors' nearer shoulders.


BARS ACTION
4/4Introduction.
1-2No action. One version has 4 bars, one has 6. You'll work it out.
 1. Fives.
1Step to R onto R ft (ct 1), step behind R ft onto L ft (ct 2); repeat (cts 3,4).
2Step to R onto R ft (ct 1), stamp twice beside R ft with L ft, no weight (cts 2,3).
3-4= 1-2 with opposite footwork and direction.
5-8= 1-4.

Note: some say this dance represents the cracking of hazelnuts. Not likely! My dictionary says hazelnuts are a smooth-shelled edible nut enclosed in a leafy husk. Stamp on one and you indeed would have little hazelnuts.

 2. Threes.
1Step to R onto R ft (ct 1), step behind R ft onto L ft (ct 2), step to R onto R ft (ct 3), stamp beside R ft with L ft, no weight (ct 4).
2= 1 with opposite footwork and direction.
3-4   = 1-2.
 3. Ones.
1Step to R onto R ft (ct 1), stamp beside R ft with L ft, no weight (ct 2), repeat to L (cts 3,4).
2Step to R onto R ft (ct 1), stamp twice beside R ft with L ft, no weight (cts 2,3).
3-4= 1-2.

Alunelu, alunelu, hai la joc, sa ne fie, sa ne fie cu noroc. 2X  Hazelnut, hazelnut, come let's dance and be happy.
Cine-n hora o sa joace, mare, mare se va face. He (or she) who dances will grow strong and tall,
Cine n'o juca de fel, va ramine mititel. He (or she) who doesn't will stay tiny and small.
  
Alunelu, ... Joaca, joaca tot pe loc sa rasara busuioc, Hazelnut, ... Dance, oh dance on this spot until the grass grows,
joaca, joaca tot asa, joaca si nu te lasa. dance, oh dance, never stop or slow down.

End of ALUNELUL.