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Dunav Folklore Group

Serbian Folklore

Folklore GroupAs an essen­tial ele­ment of Ser­bian cul­ture, folk danc­ing has long pre­vailed as a form of folk art that has pre­served the nation­al iden­ti­ty and tra­di­tion­al val­ues of Ser­bia through­out cen­turies. Ser­bian folk dance “kolo” is present in almost every social gath­er­ing, includ­ing reli­gious and sec­u­lar cel­e­bra­tions. Folk dances orig­i­nat­ed in vil­lages as a form of impro­vi­sa­tion among peas­ants and were passed down through gen­er­a­tions. These dances con­sist­ed of a com­bi­na­tion of group, solo, and part­ner dances. Ser­bian folk dances are par­tic­u­lar­ly dis­tin­guished by their fast tem­po and rhyth­mic vari­ety. Most dances are accom­pa­nied by folk songs, which rep­re­sent the vivid descrip­tion of a peas­ant way of liv­ing dur­ing the time at which these dances were formed. Lyrics from folk songs are part of a rich oral tra­di­tion that tells sto­ries about Ser­bian his­tor­i­cal events and serves as a his­tor­i­cal record passed on through gen­er­a­tions.

The eth­nic instru­ments that pri­mar­i­ly accom­pa­nied Ser­bian folk songs were frule (native flute of Ser­bia), gajde (bag­pipes), bub­n­je­vi i udar­aljke (drums and per­cus­sions), and tam­burice (folk string instru­ment). After World War I, har­mon­i­ca — accor­dion was intro­duced to Ser­bia and became the most pop­u­lar instru­ment used in folk music. Over time, folk dances and songs became so wide­spread through­out Ser­bia, that they gen­er­at­ed a for­ma­tion of folk ensem­bles and became a form of the­ater art. The con­tem­po­rary type of folk danc­ing that is per­formed on stage with choro­graph­i­cal motifs and vari­a­tions is known as styl­ized folk danc­ing.

Each region in Ser­bia has its own unique folk dances that are con­veyed through spe­cif­ic rhythms, melodies, steps, and folk cos­tumes These vari­eties reveal rich­ness of the Ser­bian cul­ture. Although each region has its own charm, folk dances and cos­tumes from Sumadi­ja, which is the cen­tral part of Ser­bia were cho­sen as the nation­al rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Ser­bian folk­lore. Sumadija’s folk dances are char­ac­ter­ized by their use of trep­taj, which is a basic step that is preva­lent in dances from this region. Some of the dances from Sumadi­ja are: Moravac, Cacak, Ziki­no Kolo, Zavr­zla­ma, Djur­d­jev­ka, etc. The type of shoe used for folk danc­ing is a tra­di­tion­al hand­made leather shoe known as “opanak.”

Dunav Folklore Group

Dunav Folk­lore Group was found­ed in 2014 in Irvine, Cal­i­for­nia. First dancers were group of young chil­dren ages 5–13 years. Soon, oth­er mem­bers of our church com­mu­ni­ty have joined and they’ve start­ed learn­ing many dif­fer­ent dances. Dunav has suc­cess­ful­ly per­formed at many fes­tiv­i­ties and always won loud ova­tions! The folko­re dancers, the kids, always say that Fri­day Folk­lore is: “the high­light of the week!”
The authen­tic cos­tumes, which this ensem­ble owns, was part­ly acquired from Ser­bia and some of them were hand­made local­ly by our moms.

Mem­bers of Dunav Ensem­ble Juniors (first name alpha order):
Aca, Alek­san­dra, Ana, Ema, Jana, Jovan, Kata­ri­na, Mak­sim, Marko, Mia, Mile­na, Niko­la, Raya, Simona, Tama­ra, Vuk, Yavor

Mem­bers of Dunav Ensem­ble Seniors (first name alpha order):
Aca, Bil­jana, Bole, Dule, Iri­na, Jele­na, Kamenko, Kata­ri­na, Maja, Mil­i­ca, Nata, Tan­ja, Tijana, Zoran and many oth­ers that come and join us!

Festivals Attended

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Folklore Steps Class

Fri­days: 5:30pm — 6:30pm
Junior Group: Fri­days 6:30pm — 8:00pm
Senior Group: Fri­days 8:00pm — 9:30pm

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Dunav Board

Direc­tor of Chore­og­ra­phy and Instruc­tor: San­dra Kon­stan­ti­novic
Pres­i­dent: Natasa Sto­janovic
Sec­re­tary: Tan­ja Rado­jkovic
Trea­sur­er: Zoran Novakovic
Mem­ber: Zvez­dana Rakic
Mem­ber: Ves­na Dode­vs­ki

Contact Info

Natasa Sto­janovic
Phone: 949−306−4709
Email: natasastojanovic@cox.net

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