ŠILOVAČKO ORO

Serbian

 
PRONUNCIATION: shee-loh-VACH-koh OH-roh
 
TRANSLATION: Dance from Šilovo
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance in 1971 from members of the AMAN Folk Ensemble (aka, AMAN International Music and Dance Company) of Los Angeles, California, who had learned it from "Narodne Igre," Danica and Ljubica Janković (published in their book Narodne Igre). John Filcich presented the dance at the 1971 Idyllwild Folk Dance Workshop.
 
BACKGROUND: This "čačak" type dance, also known simply as "Šilovačko," is from the village of Šilovo, a few kilometers northeast of the town of Gnjilane in the municipality of Lebane, Serbia. Gnjilane is in an area of South Serbia that became Kosovo-Metohija. Originally, Šilovačko was a women's dance, but more recently, both men and women have performed the dance.
 
MUSIC: Festival Records (45rpm) FR-4110-B "Šilovačko Oro"
AMAN Folk Ensemble Vol. 1 (LP) AMAN-101, side one, band 8, "Šilovačko Oro"
 
FORMATION:Open cir of mixed M and W with hands joined and held down in "V" pos. Originally, the W were at the lead end of the line.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: HOP: This is actually a low hop (or "lift") where the ball of the ft does not leave the floor.

The dance is done with small steps.

 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - None. The dance may start at any phrase, however.
 
 THE DANCE
 
1Low hop L (ct 1); step R swd (ct 2);
2Step L across in front of R (ct 1); step R swd (ct 2);
3Step L across in front of R (ct 1); step R swd (ct 2);
4Step L across in front of R (ct 1); step R swd (ct 2);
 
5Low hop R (ct 1); step L in place (ct 2);
6Step R fwd, lifting L slightly in back (ct 1); step L back to place (ct 2);
 
7Low hop L (ct 1); step R in place (ct 2);
8Step L fwd, lifting R slightly in back (ct 1); step R back to place (ct 2);
 
9Low hop R (ct 1); step L in place (ct 2);
10Step R in place (ct 1); step L across in front of R (ct 2).
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.
 
 VARIATION
 
1Low hop L (ct 1); step R swd (ct 2);
2Close L to R, taking wt (ct 1); step R swd (ct 2);
3Close L to R, taking wt (ct 1); step R swd (ct 2);
4Close L to R, taking wt (ct 1); step R swd (ct 2).
 
5-10Repeat action of meas 5-10 of the basic dance.
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.

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