ČUKARIČKO KOKONJEŠTE

Serbian

 
PRONUNCIATION: choo-kah-REECH-koh koh-kohn-YESH-teh
 
TRANSLATION: Kokonješte-type dance from Čukarica
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Dick Crum. Michael Herman described this dance in 1951. John Filcich described it in 1953. Dennis Boxell also taught the dance.
 
BACKGROUND: This kokonješte is named for Čukarica, a section of Beograd (Belgrade) along the Sava river in Serbia, Yugoslavia. The kokonješte, known in dialect as kokonjesče, kukunješ, kukunješte, and kukunjesče, is considered one of the "classic" dances of Yugoslavia. Other dances in this category are Čujes mala, Dorčolka, and Žikino kolo. According to Dick Crum, kokonješte "is a Romanian word (coconeşte, meaning 'in the style of a young nobleman'), giving support to the theory that the dance was introduced via the upper-class ballroom." This dance, which appeared in the United States in the 1920s, is also known by the names Čukaričko kolo and Tamburaško kolo.
 
MUSIC: Balkan (45rpm) 536-B
Mediterranean (45rpm) M-4002 "Cleveland kolo (Tamburaško)"
Folkraft (45rpm) F-1534x45
Folk Dancer (45rpm) MH-1002-B "Čukaričko kolo"
 
FORMATION:Open cir of mixed M and W with joined hands held down in "V" pos.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: PAS DE BASQUE: Step slightly swd (ct 1); step in front with free ft (ct 2); step back into place with free ft (ct 3).
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - None.
 
I. EVENS AND PAS DE BASQUE
 
1Small leap R swd on ball of ft (ct 1); step on L heel in front of R (ct &); step R swd on ball of ft (ct 2); step on L heel in front of R (ct &).
2Step R swd on ball of ft (ct 1); step on L heel in front of R (ct &); step R swd (ct 2); pause (ct &).
3Dance one Pas de Basque L.
4Dance one Pas de Basque R.
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 to L with opp ftwk.
9-16Repeat action of meas 1-8.
 
II. KOKONJEŠTE
 
1Facing diag R and moving to the R in LOD, run R (ct 1); run L (ct 2).
2Turning to face ctr, dance one Pas de Basque R.
3Dance one Pas de Basque L.
4Dance one Pas de Basque R.
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 to L with opp ftwk.
9-16Repeat action of meas 1-8.
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.

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