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Braul de la Goicea zis si Poloxia

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Published on Oct 5, 2007

Braul de la Goicea, numit si Poloxia.
The Romanian Brâul family of men's dances, now has mixed and women's versions. The word Brâul comes from the Dacio-Illyrian language meaning "belt". Formations where the dancers hold their neighbour's belts are common throughout Bulgaria (known as na pojas) and east Serbia. Belt hold causes the dancers to be connected more rigidly than hand holds, thus the dance formations are restricted to short lines and semicircles. The belt hold no longer exists in Romania except in the name of the dance and has been replaced by front or back cross-hand hold, shoulder hold, or simple low hand hold. There are three basic regional types of the Brâul.

The Danubian Brâul is danced to fast 2/4 music and mostly moves, forward and back, and left and right, so the dancers usually return to the same place. It has two main families, the first is Brâuleţ from Oltenia which has several other names, Galaonul, Poloxia, and Trei păzeşte. The second family is Alunelul, found across the whole of southern Romania, which is danced mostly in front or back basket hold. There are also versions in low hand hold which can be danced in a circle. There are a few alternative names for Alunelul, with Ca la baltă possibly the best known.

The majority of the Brâuleţ dances are from the villages of southern Oltenia. This region comprises the flat lands along the river Danube with many compact villages unlike the linear villages of the sub-Carpathians. Many dances taught come from Goicea and Bârca, which are so close to each other that the edge of one is at the start of the next village! Bistreţ is a little to the SW near the Danube. A few are also found in the Râmnicu Vâlcea area.
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