PRONUNCIATION: TSEE-gahn-skee OH-ree-yent
TRANSLATION: Gypsy orient
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Zoran Vasilijević who presented this variant in 1966 as done by the AMAN Folk Ensemble (aka, AMAN International Music and Dance Company) of Los Angeles, California, and the Duquesne University Tamburitzans of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Zoran Vasilijević introduced a variant at the 1966 California Kolo Festival.
BACKGROUND: Ciganski Orijent probably refers to the train called the Orient Express which passed through Šumadija on its way from Paris to İstanbul. Šumajida is the great heartland directly south and east of Beograd (Belgrade). Dances called by the name 'Orijent' are found in various forms all over Serbia.
MUSIC: Festival (45 rpm) F-4018
NAMA Vol. 1 (LP) 1001
FORMATION:Open cir of mixed M and W with hands in either of two pos:
1. L hand on hip, fingers fwd, thumb bwd; R hand through elbow of person to R, hand relaxed with wrist on lower forearm of person to R ("Q" pos), leader on R end also has R hand on hip; or
2. Hands joined with neighbors and held down ("V" pos), free hand held on hip on both ends of line, end dancers may have free hand on or behind hip.
STEPS/STYLE: LIFT: A low hop except that the ball of the ft does not leave the floor.

Danced in typically Serbian style, the body is held erect and the ftwk is small. Leg action is with soft flexing of the knees ("makano koleno") and wt, although seemingly on the entire ft, tends to be predominately on the fwd portion while heel contact with the floor is incidental.


1Facing slightly R, step R swd (ct 1); close L to R and bounce on both ft twice (cts 2, &);
2-31Repeat action of meas 1 thirty more times;
32Step R swd (ct 1); close L to R and bounce on both ft once (ct 2);
Step slightly diag fwd R taking wt momentarily on ball of ft (ct & of previous meas);
1Step L in back of R (ct 1); step R swd, raising L knee high in front (ct 2);
2Touch L toe across in front of R (ct 1); step L across in front of R, raising R knee high in front (ct 2); step slightly diag fwd R taking wt momentarily on ball of ft (ct &);
3-16Repeat action of meas 1-2 seven more times, omitting the momentary step on the final ct & of meas 16.
1Dancing in place and keeping ft close to floor, lift on L (ct 1); step R next to L (ct &); step L next to R (ct 2); pause (ct &);
2Step R next to L extending L fwd (ct 1); lift on R, bringing L heel across R shin (ct 2);
3Lift on R (ct 1); step L in back of R (ct &); step R next to L (ct 2); pause (ct &);
4Touch L toe fwd (ct 1); step L in place, bending knee slightly (ct 2).
5-12Repeat action of meas 1-4 two more times.
1Moving twd ctr, step R (ct 1); step L (ct 2);
2Step R, or if preferred a low jump to both with R in front (ct 1); lift on R, raising L slightly in front (ct 2);
3Moving bwd away from ctr, step bwd L (ct 1); step bwd R (ct 2);
4Step bwd L (ct 1); leaning slightly L, shake R twice out low to R (cts &, 2).
5-16Repeat action of meas 1-4 three more times.
 NOTE: On meas 2, dancers may jump to both on ct 1.
1-16Repeat action of meas 1-16, Fig II.
 Repeat entire dance from beg.
 Dance ends with a final repeat of meas 1-16, Fig II.
 NOTE: On other than the above recommended recordings, the musicians may shorten or extend the number of meas of music associated with a particular Fig.

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