Enough Z’s to make you feel dizzy!
Zuche – a tree stump
Zitella – a young girl, maiden
Zufolo – a small flute
Zingaro – a gipsy
Ziganka – a Russian country dance
Zappy -. lively
Zinke – an old wind instrument similar to a cornet
Zugtrompete – a trombone
Zamacueca – a Chilean dance where people weave in and out of each other
Zapateado – South American dance with rhythmic tapping of feet.
Zambra – a Spanish dance
Zoppetto – Italian limping hop dance
Zydeco – Creole dance music.
On a sun-drenched hilltop, a young girl sits upon a zuche. A butterfly dances in the air, and the zitella dances along. From somewhere unseen, the sweet sound of a zufolo fills with the air. In minutes, they are joined by fluttering doves, skipping rabbits, and leaping toads.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Russia a zingaro devushka wanders into the centre of a town square and starts to perform the ziganka, her gaudy skirt billowing as she spins round and round. Standing close by, her father plays a zappy tune on his zinke. Suddenly the square fills with dancing men, women, boys and girls.
As the clock strikes twelve the folk of a Chilean township appear on the main street, and to the sound of an echoing zugtrompete, take part in a zamacueca weaving in and out and clapping their hands in time with the jolly music.
Across the Latin world, pavements vibrate with the stamping feet of joyful zapatiedo merry-makers.
In the midday sunshine, an endless stream of folk makes its way to a Mediterranean beach where they perform the zambra. Across Italy, they hop the zoppetto. Thousands of miles away, the good folk of Louisiana leap around to the zydeco.
Soon all the world is dancing, from the east to the south, the north to the farthest west.
In war-torn countries, they lay down their arms. Sworn enemies dance together. Suddenly the world is a happy place. Suddenly we are one.
We all dance together.
Thanks to everybody who visited my blog during April. Your delightful comments made it all worthwhile.
Thank you also for keeping me entertained with your A-Z posts, I’ve learned through some, been amused by others and held in suspense by one or two! Best of all, I’ve made new friends along the way!