Description of the dance
This folk dance is danced to Slovenian folk song called: »There is a mill by the clear stream. « The song is talking about a mill, which stands by a clear stream. In it lives the miller’s son, he is very happy when he listens to the murmuring of the stream and the rumbling of the mill. Miller wants that water would always flow through the mill wheel with a strong current, because the mill wheel spins strongly and mills a lot of wheat into flour. If the mill would suddenly stop, the miller would be sad, and the children would be hungry without bread.
Initial position of the dancers:
dance couples are arranged in two circles, girls in the outside circle, boys in the inside, couples facing each other.
• The couples hold hands
the dance is composed of three stanzas (the first part is always the same) AB, AC and AD
A – when the music starts, you begin to rotate your hands as a mill wheel three times while you move counter-clockwise in a circle, then stop and clap your hands two times, (The boy takes a side step to the left with his left foot and joins his right foot. Repeat 3 times.) (The girl takes a step to the right with her right leg and joins the left foot. She also does this 3 times, so she moves together with the boy.) Repeat, hands moving in the same way and your feet in a clockwise direction.
B – the boy kneels on the right knee and with his right arm holds the right hand of the girl. The girl moves “rhythmically” around the boy. They make 2 circles, first in a clockwise and then in a counter-clockwise direction. When the melody repeats, they change roles. The girl kneels down, holds the boy’s hand and the boy “runs” around the girl. They make 2 circles, first in a clockwise and then in a counter-clockwise direction.
C – the boy and the girl “hook” their right hands and “rhythmically” run in a circle in a clockwise direction. When repeating, they change hands and run in counter-clockwise direction.
D – both dancers turn to their left side, so they stand side by side each facing in a different direction “connected” at their right hip. They raise their right hand and touch each other’s hand. The dancers change partners moving in a »zig-zag« motion from the outside circle to the inner circle and back to the outside circle – each time touching hands with a different partner, changing hands from the left to the right one until they return to their original partner. Prepared and translated by: Domen Muzga and Patricija Borin, class 8, Trzisce, Slovenia