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

(boo-chee-MEESH) = hemlock

OTHER NAMES:

Buchemish - on Bulgarian sheet music. Buchinish - in my Bulgarian dictionary.

BACKGROUND:

This dance is from the area around the town of Pazardzhik in western Thrace, Bulgaria, so Buchimish might be a Shope dance borrowed from Thracians or it might be a Thracian dance borrowed from the Shope. Who cares? Instead of 9 or more possible steps we could describe, here are the 4 most common, in the order usually done in the US. The first 2 are "folk", meaning no one will tell us their origins, and the second 2 are "exhibition-type elaborations." Buchimish was overlooked from the mid-1960's until the acoustically dynamic US recording hit the market. Count the 15/16 meter in 7: 1 (quick), 2 (quick), 3 (quick), 4 (quick), 5 (slow), 6 (quick), 7 (quick).

FORMATION:

Originally done in a line: women in the middle and men on the ends; all using belt hold. More recently, done in short mixed lines with front basket hold because many dancers forget to bring belts. Tuck thumbs of free hands in belts or wave kerchiefs.


BARS ACTION
4/4Introduction.
1-2Like the natives, listen to the drums and become restless.
  
 1. Stamps.
1Step to R onto R ft (ct 1), step behind R ft onto L ft (ct 2), repeat (cts 3,4), step to R onto R ft (ct 5), hop on R ft, lifting L knee in a CW arc so that L upper leg is parallel to floor, L ft and lower leg hanging freely (women use smaller movements), bend upper body forward to counterbalance the leg lift (ct 6), conclude arc to stamp slightly forward with L ft, no weight, as you straighten up (ct 7).
2= 1 with opposite footwork and direction.
3-4= 1-2.
  
 2. Heels.
1= step 1, cts 1-4. Then bend forward slightly and touch R heel: diagonally forward to R, directly forward (cts 5,6), straighten, and step by L ft onto R ft (ct 7).
2= 1 with opposite footwork and direction.
3-4= 1-2.
 Note: touch heels with straight touching knee & bent supporting knee.
  
 3. Double heels.
1= 1 of step 2.
2Touch L heel directly forward (ct 1), step beside R ft onto L ft (ct 2), touch R heel directly forward (ct 3), step beside L ft onto R ft (ct 4), touch L heel: diagonally forward to L, directly forward (cts 5,6), hold (ct 7).
3-4= 1-2 with opposite footwork and direction.
5-8= 1-4.
  
 4. Hop behind.
1Hop on L ft, raising R ft (ct 1), step behind L ft onto R ft (ct 2), repeat with opposite footwork (cts 3,4), jump backward onto both feet, bending forward slightly (ct 5), hop forward on L ft, raising R knee so that R upper leg is parallel to floor and R ft and lower leg hang freely (women use smaller movements) (ct 6), straighten up as you stamp slightly forward with R ft, no weight (ct 7).
2With R ft slightly forward, step onto: R ft, L ft, R ft, L ft (cts 1,2,3,4), stamp slightly forward with R ft, no weight (ct 5), step beside L ft onto R ft (ct 6), stamp slightly forward with L ft, no weight (ct 7).
3-4= 1-2 with opposite footwork and direction.
5-8= 1-4.
  
 Normal sequence: repeat 2 bars of step 1, 2 bars of step 2, 4 bars of step 3, and step 4.
  
 Easier sequence: repeat step 1, step 2, 4 bars of step 3, and 4 bars of step 4.

End of BUCHIMISH.