Alunelul from Rumania. Pronunciation: ah-lu-NEH-loo
More information here: http://www.sfdh.org/encyclopedia/alunelu.php
If you’re new to circle dance, this has lots of side steps in it. (I’ve promised to look for some dances that use some of the common steps we do.)
from Oltenia, Romania
Notes from Andrew Carnie, 2014. Introduced to the USA by Eugenia Judetz. “Little Hazelnut” (a common nickname for a man in Romania)
Alunelul Alunelul hai la joc
Sa na fie sa ne fie cu noroc! 2x
Cine joaca si nu striga
Facei sar gura punga
Cino juca de fel
Sa ramiie Mititel!
Little Hazelnut, come and dance
Bring all of us luck
Whoever dances without shouting
May his mouth become dried out
Who ever won’t dance
May he never grow up!
(Little Hazelnut is a common nickname for a man, I’m told.)
And here’s something from the Unitarian Universalist Association suggesting teaching the song and dance to children in a lesson about partner churches in Transylvania/Rumania.