TROJANAC

Serbian

 
PRONUNCIATION: TROH-yah-nahts
 
TRANSLATION: A man from the village of Trojan in Western Serbia
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Dick Crum who collected this dance in 1954 from research workers at the Serbian Musicological Institute in Belgrade (Beograd), Serbia.
 
BACKGROUND: The peculiar five steps of Trojanac and the five measures of melody add interest to this dance from the village of Valjevo in Serbia. Trojanac was seen in the United States in the documentary color film "Yugoslav Village Dances," which toured in 1953. Valjevo is on the bank of the river Kolubara. The houses and little shops date from the 18th century and have remained unchanged since. There are also artisans here such as saddlers, weavers, potters, and even skirt producers.
 
MUSIC: Fez (45rpm) 701 - this recording speeds up nicely
Folk Dancer (45rpm) MH-3029
Jugoton (LP) SY-1037
Kolo Festival (LP) LP-1504
National (45rpm) N-4518
 
FORMATION:Open circle of mixed M and W with joined hands held down in "V" position.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: SYNCOPATED THREE WITH STEPS: Step swd, flexing knees, with heel slightly turned out (ct 1); straighten (ct &); step on free ft next to supporting ft, flexing knees (ct 2); step on free ft next to supporting ft, flexing knees (ct &).

SYNCOPATED THREE WITH BOUNCES: Step swd, flexing knees, with heel slightly turned out (ct 1); straighten knees (ct &); close free ft to supporting ft and bounce on both heels (ct 2); bounce on both heels (ct &).

The ftwk should be kept small throughout the dance.


MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - None.
 
 THE DANCE
 
1Facing slightly diag R, step R (ct 1); step L (ct 2).
2-5Facing ctr, dance four Syncopated Three With Steps beg R.
 
 VARIATION I
 
1On recordings where the music increases in tempo, substitute Syncopated Three With Bounces (R, L, R, L) in meas 2-5 as the music speeds up.
 
 VARIATION II
 
1Some dancers prefer to dance a Syncopated Three With Bounces swd to the R during the first meas rather than the two steps, completing meas 2-5 as in Var I.
 
 NOTE: When Trojanac is followed by a dance called "Svrljiski Čačak," as on the Folk Dancer recording, dancers often dance Var II exclusively.
 
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