Serbian dances

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Serbian dance is an old tradition and a strong element in the Serbian culture. The traditional dances are of social function, bringing the community and families together at various important days such as weddings, Christmas or Easter.

The kolo is the traditional collective folk dance, where a group of people (usually several dozen, at the very least three) holding each other by the hands or around the waist, dance, ideally in a circle, hence the name. There is almost no movement above the waist. The dance is accompanied by instrumental two-beat music with the same name, made most often with an accordion, but also with other instruments: frula (traditional kind of a recorder), tamburica, šargija, zurla, gajde, tapan, or harmonica. An oriental style is the čoček dance that exists in Bulgaria and Macedonia as well. The dances from Kosovo and Metohija are regarded the most beautiful and graceful of Serbian dances,[citation needed] these dances of rich aesthetics have been preserved for centuries.

The dances can be part of performance art (theatre, i.e. part of historical events) and social life. Serbian dances are often performed in Serbian diaspora communitites, and among international folk dance groups.

List of dances[edit]

Serbs from Šumadija region.
Serb folk dancers in Prague with flag and national costumes, notable Šajkača hats
  • Kraljevo kolo ("King's Kolo") is an old kolo dance named in honour of King Milan III Obrenović. This was an opening dance at ballroom dances organized at the Serbian royal court. It has several versions.
  • Neven kolo
  • Veliko Bačko kolo
  • Moravac kolo
  • Užičko kolo (Užice dance)
  • Žikino kolo ("Žika's dance")
  • (Čačak dance)
  • Timočko kolo (Timok dance)
  • Ličko kolo
  • Polomka
  • Leskovačka četvorka ("Leskovac Four")
  • Vrbičanka
  • Vlaske igre / Vlasko
  • Biserka/Bojarka
  • Bela rada
  • Ajde Jano
  • Ersko kolo
  • Fatise kolo
  • Godecki čoček
  • Makazice ("small scissors")
  • Malo Vlasko kolo
  • (Monastery dance)
  • Pinosavkara
  • Pljeskavac
  • Raca
  • Lilke
  • Šestorka ("six")
  • Šetnja ("walk"
  • Srpkinja
  • Srbijanka
  • Streljanje
  • Cicino kolo
  • Deltic kolo
  • Gnjilane wedding dance: the wedding dances of Gnjilane begin with the mother-in-law performing the welcoming dance: She holds a bread (symbolizing fertility) and a decorated sieve (symbolizing wealth) and dances in the expression of love for the newly wed. It is continued by the young women's guest dance, then the bride's wedding song, the men's dance and ends in the culminating Gnjilane čoček.
  • Gnjilane čoček (Gnjilanski čoček)
  • Hajduk kolo (Hajdučko kolo)
  • Jelo Jelena
  • Juta
  • Kokonješte
  • Kolubarski vez
  • Kolumbarka
  • Kolo of Knez Mihajlo (Kolo Kneza Mihajla)
  • Kopačka ("the farmer's dance")
  • Krajinska Setnja
  • Medeno kolo
  • Niška Banja/Duj duj
  • Opsa
  • Preplet
  • Retko kolo
  • Ripna maca
  • Rokoko kolo ("Rococo dance")
  • Ropota
  • Rumena
  • Rumenka
  • Seta
  • Stara sapcanka
  • Studenica
  • Sumadijsko kolo
  • Tankosava
  • Uzicka Carlama
  • Vlajna
  • Vranjanka/Sano Duso
  • Devojka se u drenovcu kupa
  • Seto' sam se
  • Kolo srpskih sestara ("dance of the Serb sisters")
  • Neda grivne
  • Bojerka
  • Inzinjersko kolo
  • Devojačko kolo
  • Mesarsko kolo
  • Kasapsko oro
  • Brankovo kolo ("Branko's dance")
  • Maturantsko kolo
  • Djačko kolo
  • Vranjski čoček (Vranje čoček)
  • Sa-Sa, a popular čoček

Hora/Oro[edit]

Main article: Hora (dance)

Traditional dance for all ethnic groups of Rumelia, with hundreds of varieties.

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