Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dancing Through the Alphabet: Letter T

Once I am in the square circle, I am in my home.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Today's dance is a bouncy number from Serbia, Toicevo Kolo.  I found it by accident on  Dunavfolk's channel on the Universe of YouTube. 

There are two Balkan dance groups in Israel: Balkanitsa from Haifa and Dunav from Jerusalem.  Dunav has a great website with resources, information, dance notes, lyrics and best of all, videos. Balkanitsa's YouTube channel is also a good resource for dance videos.

However, I couldn't find any notes for Toicevo Kolo anywhere on the Web.. It reminds me of another dance from Serbia, U Sest.

I don't know of any groups in my area that have it in their repertoire.  It looks like a fun (and relatively easy) dance.  Kolo means circle in Serbian, but sometimes it is danced in a line. Both are considered geometric figures.  And when you have only two people you have no choice but to dance in a line.

Here is a slightly different version of the same dance performed by two members of Kolo Dragan, also known as KoloKoalition. They, too have an extensive collection of Balkan dance videos on YouTube. The situation is the same as the previous video: only two people doing the dance. They are making it as circular as they possibly can.

The bonus video is vintage Sesame Street, from the 1990's.  There are funky circles, but no kolos :)

If you enjoyed this you may also like:

The "Flavors" of Serbian Kolo

Balkan Folk Dancing and its Relationship to Math

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