SOJANCA

Serbian

 
PRONUNCIATION: soh-YAHN-tsah
 
TRANSLATION: The derivation of its name is a mystery. It has no other meaning in Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, or Hungarian than a dance called Sojanca.
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Steve Kotansky who learned it in the small village of Osnić in East Serbia. Steve presented it at the 1981 San Diego State University Folk Dance Conference.
 
BACKGROUND: Osnić is near the town of Boljevac and is close to the Bulgarian border. The Vlach people of this mountainous area refer to themselves as "Ungurijani," meaning related to the "Hungarians," and call the neighboring Vlasi lowlanders "Carani," meaning "peasants," or people who work the earth. Boljevac is a town and municipality located in the Zaječar District of Serbia.
 
MUSIC: Festival (7"EP) FEP-110, side B
 
FORMATION:Short lines alternating M and W in "X" pos holding neighbors' belts, R arm under.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: The dance is done on the whole ft. When the W are twisted, the movement is instigated by the M who yank on the belts of the W.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
1-4No action.
5Facing ctr, step L fwd (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
6Step R bwd (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
7Step L swd (ct 1); step R next to L (ct 2);
8Step L swd (ct 1); pause (ct 2).
 
 THE DANCE
 
1Step R swd as M twist W to R (ct 1); step L next to R as M twist W to L (ct 2);
2Repeat action of meas 1;
3Step R swd as M twist W to R (ct 1); pause (ct 2);
4Step L fwd (ct 1); scuff R next to L (ct &), stamp R next to L taking wt (ct 2);
5With ft slightly apart and parallel, bounce heels 3 times (cts 1,&,2);
6Repeat bounces of meas 5;
7Step L bwd (ct 1); step R bwd (ct 2);
8Repeat bounces of meas 5.
 
 Repeat the Dance from beg.

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