SRBIJANKA

Serbian

 
PRONUNCIATION: sir-bee-YAHN-kah
 
TRANSLATION: Serbian woman
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from both Dick Crum and John Filcich. Atanas Kolarovski taught it at the 1978 North Country Folk Dance Camp.
 
BACKGROUND: Srbijanka (Serbianka) is an old dignified circle dance (kolo) that was danced at the turn of the century at the elegant balls of the cities of Serbia. It was usually danced at the beginning of the program and led by the most prominent political personage among the guests. The dance was among the earliest kolos brought to the United States.
 
MUSIC: Festival Records "Kolo Party" (LP) FLP 1505
Kolo Festival (45rpm) KF 4802 Atanas Kolarovski (LP) AK-8
 
FORMATION:Open cir of mixed M and W with leadr at R, hands joined and held at shldr level and slightly fwd in "W" pos.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: As the dance became known to the peasantry, it was changed in style to suit their tastes.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - None.
 
I. OLDER FORM
 
1Facing slightly to R and moving to R in LOD, walk R (ct 1); walk L (ct 2);
2Turning to face ctr, step R swd (ct 1); close L to R without wt (ct 2);
3Step L swd (ct 1); close R to L without wt (ct 2).
 
4-24Repeat action of meas 1-3 seven more times.
 
 
TRANSITIONAL INTERLUDE
 
25-27Repeat action of meas 1-3;
28Add an extra step R swd to R (ct 1); close L to R without wt (ct 2).
 
29-56Repeat action of meas 1-28 to L with opp ftwk.
 
1-56 repeatedRepeat action of meas 1-56.
 
II. NEWER FORM
 
1Facing slightly R and moving to R in LOD, run R (ct 1); run L (ct 2);
2Turning to face ctr, step RLR in place (cts 1,&,2);
3Step LRL in place (cts 1,&,2).
 
 Repeat action of Fig II to end of music.

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