Vlaško kolo (Stara Vlajna) – Serbia

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  1. p.s.: I love Vlainja because there is so much great music for it. A few of your examples show that. All Vlainjas are in 6/8 (they would say 2/4, but then play it is triplets) – that is how you tell a vlainja. The kids who started out with kolo were not having an easy time of it because the music was a Vlainja. Also, judging from the flushed cheeks and not-too -perfect coordination, there may have been some pivo involved…


  2. The Vlach Serbs themselves would not call this Vlaško, preferring Vlainja or just Dancu. I suppose if non/Vlach Serbs were to do the dance at all they might call it.Vlaško, and the Valchs may use the term to outsiders. It is not really a Roma dance, although the Roma can do what they want.
    As for the basic hora from Banat, it is the same as the Axion of Oltenia and the Hora Mare of Bucovina (which is slower and done to a stretched 3/4, but is still the same dance).
    One can get hung up on names and variations, but as your woman in the pink dress showed, ethnic social dance is often more a structure into which you pour your dance, not a single step. You can tell choreographed dances designed for Americans that way – if you can do all the variations at the same time within the line without bothering your neighbors, it may be “real”, but if doing the variation stops the rest of the line, then it is suspect. Again, look at the woman in the pink dress.


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