PINOSAVKA

Serbian

 
PRONUNCIATION: pee-noh-SAHV-kah
 
TRANSLATION: From Pinosava
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Dennis Boxell who learned it in the village of Pinosava in Serbia and decided to call it "Pinosavka" (the dance from Pinosava). According to Dennis, he "showed, at one time, a 'high energy' version of the dance performed by a group of young men, in the village of Pinosava, at a večerinka (evening party) one Saturday evening during the winter of 1964." During one variation, "they jumped into a deep knee bend on measure 8, count one, with great relish. This 'high energy' version was made popular in the folk dance world by my long-time friend in folklore, Yves Moreau, who enjoyed the dance immensely." Dennis taught it at the 1967 California Kolo Festival.
 
BACKGROUND: Pinosavka is a slow version of the U Šest family of dances common to the villages in the area just to the south of Belgrade (Beograd) known as Beogradska Posavina (The Sava River Valley near Belgrade). It is really a type of Šumadijsko kolo or Krnjevačko kolo, the main dance of the region. There are several variants of the dance known.
 
MUSIC: Festival Records (45rpm) F-4018
Mediterranean Records (45rpm) 4003

Geisler, Richard. "Pinosavka" (sheet music), The Yugoslav Collection, The Village & Early Music Society, 15181 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949-7633.

FORMATION:Open cir of mixed M and W linked together in "Q" pos, 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 (as if being escorted); leader's R hand on waist or holding middle of vest, left thumb usually hooked in his belt.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: Danced in typically Serbian style, the body is held erect and the ftwk is small. Leg action is with a soft flexing of the knees ("makano koleno") and wt, although seemingly on the entire ft, tends to be predominantly on the fwd portion while heel contact with the floor is incidental.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - None.
 
 THE DANCE
 
1Facing diag R and moving in LOD, step R (ct 1); step L (ct 2);
2Facing ctr, step R swd (ct 1); touch L fwd (ct 2);
3Step L swd (ct 1); touch R fwd (ct 2);
4Step R swd (ct 1); touch L fwd (ct 2);
 
5Facing diag L, step L diag twd ctr (ct 1); step R across in front of L diag twd ctr (ct 2);
6Facing ctr, step L bwd (ct 1); step R bwd (ct 2); step L bwd (ct &);
7Step R bwd (ct 1); step L bwd (ct 2); step R bwd, turning to face diag R (ct &);
8Facing diag R and moving in LOD, step L fwd, bending knees and taking wt on balls of both ft (ct 1); leap R (ct 2); step L fwd (ct &).
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg, using a soft bounce or flexion throughout.

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