Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dancing Through the Alphabet Letter D:

BIG D, little d, what begins with D?
David Donald Doo dreamed a dozen doughnuts and a duck-dog, too. 

Dr. Seuss

This week's dance is Dedo Mili Dedo from the Republic of Macedonia.

The lyrics describe a pair of grandparents going about about their work and life, who are still very much in love. Regular readers will recognize this "Bonding Folk Dance Class" from China.  They have many  videos posted on YouTube (Israeli and International as well as Balkan).  It's fascinating to watch the Chinese perspective on Balkan dancing.  The teacher has a very commanding presence.

Does anyone hear him say "jump up" at the end? At least that's what it sounds like, but I don't understand a word of Chinese.

Here's another version of the song, also know as Dedo Mili Zlatni. You can see a dramatization of it below, along with dancers in elaborate embroidered costumes.

If you ennjoyed this you may also like:

The "Flavors" of Macedonian Oro

Something that may be of interest, especially since the folk dance community seems to be getting older by the day:

Who Will Fill Their Shoes?  The Aging of the Folk Dance Community

Last week's post featured a Grandfather's Kolo:

Dancing Through the Alphabet Letter C:

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