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Šetnja, (Dodji, Mile or Prodje Mile) – Serbian Children’s Dance

Šetnja (SHET-nyah) means "a walk" or "stroll" in Serbian.   Google Шетнја (Šetnja in Cyrillic) and you're likely to get YouTubes of religious processionals, walking tours, or political protest marches.  To Recreational Folk Dancers, it's also the name of a dance - one of the all-time most popular opening dances.  Featuring a simple pattern almost any beginner can easily... Continue Reading →

Perinita – A Romanian Party/Wedding Dance

Perinița or Pernița  (peh-ree-NEE-tsah) is a traditional Romanian party dance, popular as an icebreaker, and also at weddings.  See Romanian Wedding Dances: Originally from Muntenia (Wallachia) region , Perinița is now pan-Romanian.   The name of the dance comes from the Romanian word for pillow - "pernă" (from South Slavic "perina") pillow - Perinița being the diminutive "little" form.  Maybe the item used... Continue Reading →

Balkan Bagpipes

It seems that bagpipes are everywhere, and always have been. The only limit to the geographical range of  bagpipes is the availability of sheep or goatskins for the bag. According to Wikipedia: "Ancient origins The evidence for pre-Roman era bagpipes is still uncertain but several textual and visual clues have been suggested. The Oxford History of... Continue Reading →

Bučimiš, Бучимиш хоро – Bulgaria

Bučimiš origins Bučimiš (boo-chee-MEESH) is one of over 30 different Bulgarian words for the poison hemlock plant, Conium maculatum - the same plant that killed Socrates.  The plant is common all over Bulgaria, and much of the rest of the world as well.  However  this website  supposedly representing Bulgaria as a whole, calls the plant... Continue Reading →

Sapari, Bat Teiman – Israel

The creation of Israeli dance (as opposed to Jewish dance) was almost exclusively a European Ashkenazi exercise  (see until the airlift of 47,000 refuges from Yemen in 1948 brought to Israel an ancient, very different, yet compelling and authentically Jewish way of expression and dance.  It took awhile for Yemeni  culture to become accepted in... Continue Reading →

Primavera en Salonico – Sephardic Greek music, Kotanksy choreography

Primavera en Salonico [Spring in Salonica] By 1492 Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain had finally driven the remaining Moors out of the country.  Sephardic Jews (see were then given the choice of converting to Christianity, leaving the country, or death.  Among the many places  Sephardim chose for their exile, one was Salonica in the... Continue Reading →

Kriči Kriči Tiček – Croatia

Kriči Kriči Tiček is a popular Croatian folk song. For lyrics & English translation, go here: For the sheet music in several keys, go here: According to the 1992 Folk Dance Problem Solver,  Kriči Kriči Tiček the dance was "collected" by Zvonimir Ljevacović, choreographer for the Croatian national dance troupe Lado, from the Prigorje... Continue Reading →

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