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A Sârba or Sîrba (coming from 'sărbătoare' (celebration in Romanian)) is a Romanian and Csángó dance normally played in 2/2 or 2/4 time. It can be danced in a circle, line, or couple formations and was historically popular not only in Romania, but also Ukraine, Hungary, Polish highlanders (Gorals) and European Jewry. It is fast-paced and triplets are usually emphasized in the melody.

The sîrba is still popular in Romanian traditional music and in Jewish Klezmer music.


  • The Book of Klezmer, by Yale Strom. 2002: A Capella books, Chicago

External links[edit]

  • Sîrba Page on Dunav balkan dance website (with example audio file)