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Religion
Worship Dances

Ma Navu

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.

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

Each numbered step takes two 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
  4. {hands sway forwards} Step forward with R foot, then slightly bend R knee with left toe slightly off ground
  5. {hands sway backwards) Shift weight back onto L foot with right toe pointing forward, then slightly bend L knee
  6. {hands sway forwards} Shift weight forward with R foot, then slightly bend R knee with left toe slightly off ground
  7. {hands return to hips} Shift weight back onto L tiptoe, then bring R tiptoe back to meet it
  8. {hands on hips} Lower yourself from tiptoe, pause
         [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
  2. {hands sway at sides} Cross R foot in front of L, then pivot to face RLOD swinging your L foot around but not stepping onto it yet
  3. (facing RLOD) {hands raised like a Tcherkessia} Finally step onto L foot, then step with R foot bringing it directly behind left foot
  4. (facing RLOD) {hands raised like a Tcherkessia} Step forward again with L foot, then again bring R foot directly behind left foot but this time do not step onto R foot
         [repeat three times]