KAČERAC

Serbian

 
PRONUNCIATION: KAH-cheh-rahts
 
TRANSLATION: Dance from Kačer
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Elsie Ivancich Dunin who learned it in Belgrade (Beograd), Serbia, in 1957, and presented it at the 1960 Santa Barbara Folk Dance Conference. Atanas Kolarovski taught it a the 1975 San Diego State University Folk Dance Conference. Dick Crum taught the dance at the AMAN Institute in March of 1989. The following dance is essentially the Kačerac as performed by the AMAN Folk Ensemble (aka, AMAN International Music and Dance Company) of Los Angeles, California.
 
BACKGROUND: Kačerac comes from the villages of Ljig and Lazarevac in the Kačer River region. No settlement in the Ljig area was known to the Austrians when they occupied Serbia from 1717 to 1739. By 1818, however, the nearby settlement of Gukosi had grown to 50 homes. A railway station was built in 1917 near the present-day center of Ljig. This lower area under the Gukosi hill includes a small settlement with a municipal court, school, inn, two stores, two textile mills, three tailors and several houses, and when still part of Gukosi had been referred to as the area "on the Ljig River." Lazarevac is a town and municipality whose name stems from the name of medieval Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic. Lazarevac is one of Belgrade's (Beograd's) 17 municipalities.
 
MUSIC: Folkraft (45rpm) 1567x45-B
Folkraft (10" 33rpm) LPM 6, B-4
Jugoton (45rpm) C-6296
Jugoton (LP) LPM6, side B, band 4
Kolarovski (LP) AK-004

Geisler, Richard. "Kačerac" (sheet music), Lark in the Morning Free Music Library, The Yugoslav Collection (www.amazon.com/gp/drive/share/184-1234269-2713867?ie=UTF8&s=X8RB6ppvST0rUv3CZfBy0k).

FORMATION:Open cir of mixed M and W linked together by:
1. "Q" pos: L hand on waist with fingers fwd and thumb back, R wrist resting on the forearm of the person to the R, as if being escorted; or
2. Modified "Q" pos: M have thumbs in front of belt, elbows out, W wrists resting on M forearms; or
3. "V" pos: Hands joined with neighbors' and held down at sides.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4 (counted here as 4/8)
 
STEPS/STYLE: LIFT: Raise on ball of supporting ft without leaving floor.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - 8 meas or none, depending on music.
 
I. IN PLACE
 
1With wt on fwd portion of both ft, move both heels to R (ct 1); move both heels to L (ct 2); step RLR slightly swd to R (cts 3&4).
2Repeat action of meas 1 with opp ftwk.
3-8Repeat action of meas 1-2 three more times.
 
II. HOP-STEP-STEP
 
1Facing and moving R in RLOD, lift on L and at same time place R fwd on floor (ct 1); step R (ct &); step fwd L (ct 2);
Repeat action of cts 1&2 (cts 3&4).
2Repeat action of cts 1&2 of meas 1 (cts 1&2); step RLR in place turning to face L (cts 3&4).
3-4Repeat action of meas 1-2 to L in RLOD with opp ftwk.
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4.
 
III. IN PLACE WITH BOUNCES
 
1-8Repeat action of Fig I except that:
A. when heels move to R and L (or L and R), they do so with a double bounce.
 
IV. HOP-STEP-STEP
 
1-8Repeat action of Fig II.
 
V. IN PLACE WITH BOUNCES
 
1-8Repeat action of Fig I except that:
A. when heels move to R and L (or L and R), they do so with a double bounce, and
B. there is also a double bounce on ct 4.
 
VI. FWD AND BWD
 
 Move twd ctr of cir with a momentary step on ball of R (ct & of previous meas);
 
1-2Step L toward ctr of cir (ct 1); move twd ctr of cir with a momentary step on ball of R (ct &); step L twd ctr of cir (ct 2); move twd ctr of cir with a momentary step on ball of R (ct &);
Repeat action of cts &2 four more times (cts &3, &4, &1, &2) for a total of six "limping" steps;
Bringing ft together, bounce on both heels in place three times (cts 3&4).
3-4Repeat action of meas 1-2 with same ftwk but moving bwd out of cir leading with the ball of R ft;
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4.
 
VII. REST STEP
 
1Facing ctr, step swd R (ct 1); step L across in back of R on ball of ft (ct 2); close R to L turning to face slightly L and lowering heels to floor (ct 3); pause (ct 4).
2Repeat action of meas 1 to L with opp ftwk.
3-8Repeat action of meas 1-2 three more times.
 
VIII. TINY GRAPEVINE
 
 Moving very slightly to R, step on ball of R in front of L (ct & of previous meas);
1Step L in back of R (ct 1); step on ball of R in back of L (ct &); step on L across in front of R (ct 2);
2Repeat action of cts &1, &2 (cts &3, &4);
3-4Repeat action of cts &1, &2 of meas 1 (cts &1, &2);
Bringing ft together, bounce on both heels in place three times (cts 3&4);
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-2 to L with opp ftwk;
1Repeat action of meas 1-4.
 
IX. TOE-TOUCH
 
1Leap onto L in place and at same time touch R toe fwd with R heel rotated slightly inward to L (ct 1); leap onto R in place and at the same time touch L toe fwd with L heel rotated slightly inward to R (ct 2);
Bringing ft together, bounce on both heels in place three times (cts 3&4);
2Repeat action of meas 1 with opp ftwk;
3-8Repeat action of meas 1-2 three more times.
 
X. TINY GRAPEVINE AND ENDING
 
1-7Repeat action of meas 1-6 of Fig VIII and then stop "dead" on ct 4 of meas 7 with wt on R;
8 retardStep L twd ctr; rise on ball of L; close R to L; lower both heels together to floor.

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