PRONUNCIATION: pee-pehr-AH-nah
TRANSLATION: Probably related to the word "piper," meaning pepper.
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Bora Gajicki who danced Piperana in the 1960s as part of the Pirot Suite in Serbia's Ansambl KOLO. Bora taught the dance at 1976 the San Diego State University Folk Dance Conference.
BACKGROUND: Pirot, a city of about 40,000 population (the second largest in Serbia), is the seat of government of the Pirotski District (which includes Babusnica, Bela Palanka, and Dimitrovgrad) in south eastern Serbia along the Nišava River Valley. The historical name of the city was Turres ("Tower").
MUSIC:Borino Kolo Folk Ensembel (LP) BK-576
FORMATION:Short lines of mixed M and W holding neighbors' belts in "X" pos, R arm under. If belts are not worn, dancers join hands low in "V" pos, NOT in front basket hold.
STEPS/STYLE: Dance begins with body bent at waist.


1-8No action.
1Facing ctr with body bent at waist and moving to R in LOD, step R swd (ct 1); step L across in front of R (ct 2);
2-3Repeat action of meas 1 two more times;
4Jump to both ft together, straightening body (ct 1); low hop R (ct 2);
5Moving slightly to L, low hop R (ct 1); step L (ct &); step R next to L (ct 2);
6Repeat action of meas 5;
7Jump to both ft with R fwd and wt predominantly on L (ct 1); low hop on L, reeling R around in back (ct 2);
8Repeat action of meas 7 with opp ftwk;
9Repeat action of meas 7;
10-11Repeat action of meas 5-6 with opp ftwk;
12Step R,L,R in place (cts 1,&,2).
13-24Repeat action of meas 1-12 to L with opp ftwk.
1Moving twd ctr, step R across in front of L (ct 1); low hop R (ct 2);
2Repeat action of meas 1 with opp ftwk;
3-4Repeat action of meas 1-2,
5-8Moving bwd out of cir, repeat action of meas 1-4.
9-16Repeat action of meas 1-8.
 Repeat entire dance from beg.

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