davidvs.net

valid HTML 4.01

Religion
Worship Dances

Ma Navu (3 count version)

The name "Ma Navu" means "how beautiful". I do not know its choreographer. This traditional dance was originally written for the song named "Ma Navu" but is now used for many songs. In particular, its steps are easily adapted for three-beat (waltz tempo) music.

Except for the end of Part B the entire dance is done facing into the circle. The entire dance is done not holding hands.

Each numbered step takes three beats of music.

Part A

  1. {hands on hips} Point with R toe forward
  2. {hands on hips} Point with R toe to the right side
  3. {hands sway backwards) Step back with R foot, then bring L foot back to meet it, pause
  4. {hands sway forwards} Step forward with R foot, then slightly bend R knee with left toe slightly off ground, pause
  5. {hands sway backwards) Shift weight back onto L foot with right toe pointing forward, then slightly bend L knee, pause
  6. {hands sway forwards} Shift weight forward with R foot, then slightly bend R knee with left toe slightly off ground, pause
  7. {hands return to hips} Shift weight back onto L tiptoe, then bring R tiptoe back to meet it, pause
  8. {hands on hips} Lower yourself from tiptoe, pause for two beats
         [repeat "mirror image", reversing right and left]

Part B

  1. {hands sway at sides} Step with R foot to the right, then put L foot behind right foot, cross R foot in front of L
  2. {hands raised like a Tcherkessia} Pivot to face RLOD swinging your L foot around and stepping forward RLOD with it, then step with R foot bringing it directly behind left foot, then step forward again with L foot
         [repeat three times]

Notice this waltz tempo version of Ma Navu incorporates the pivot with the following step, which takes some practice to do smoothly and quickly. One help is to start the pivot "early", simultaneous with crossing the R foot.