PROGRAM & DANCES
” Prostá a zajačí “
Two typical dances of people living in upper Orava ( the Northern part of Slovakia). “Prostá” is dance for couples and it is simple. ” Zajačí” is using small steps like rabbits are doing.It is danced by one man and two women.
” Na vysoký ľan “
It has symbolic character. It ́s scenic form of habit used in villages of Orava. Women were usually dancing and jumping during a carnival. With wish to have high flax in new crop.It was usually the only occasion when they could enjoy themselves in full range.
” Žabecák a Odzemok “
These two dances were the last of carnival in ZUBEREC – village at Orava. Women went home and men competed in strenght, skillfulness and perseverance.
” Goralski “
Typical dance of people living in High Tatras – the highest mountains in Slovakia. Men are more important in dances and typical for them is rhythmical move in by legs.
” Biely “
Girls dance with a ritual function, witch was necessary by leaving the local group of girls by the bridge before wedding.
” Jánošícka “
Funny dancing – play of boys and men. It got it ́s name from Jánošík – a famous Slovak national hero. The main person in this play is the chief of the group and the task of the other members is to reply his movements.
“ Burkot “
A working dance. In the region of Kysuce was the floor in houses made out of clay. In every new house it was necessary to trample down the floor. It was common, that the community helped their neighbours to do this work.they used to test the quality of their work by dance.
“ Starosvetský ”
An archaic couple dance from Turzovka characterized by quickly rolling.
This programme shows typical dance games used in winter housework (ripping feathers, spinning and weaving, cleaning of corn,…) of Zemplin region, especially from Zamutov village. Women finish the work, then came the men and began to dance parties.
” Handelci “
There were villages named nearby the river Hron in the past for supplying foundries in that part of Slovakia – Pohronie by wood and coal. These villages are called Handle – White and Black ones. The centre of blacks was Čierny Balog. People, mainly wood workers, living there, were very hardworking and cheerful. Dance describes a situation when women and men working in the wood meet and enjoy this time.
This programme tries to show typical characters of Myjava region, especially from part between Turá Lúka village and Lubina – Miškech dedinka village. It consists of :
” Slovenská “
It is dance for couples of ” čardáš ” type. Originally it was danced in Lubina – Miškech dedinka. One part of this dance is named ” Starobabská ” which is not danced in this village yet but in the past was common part of villager ́s life.
” Verbunk “
Dance is based on skill of excellent danger of Myjava Ján Fridrich from Rudník village. This couple dance of ” verbunk ” type is unique in this region of Slovakia.
” Kamasi “
People living in Myjava hills have name ” kopaničiari “.They liked to perform their skill by jolly dances and plays.This region is typical by dances of young men as ” Žabák, Sečkársky, Širákový “.
” Pod Javorinu “
The last dance of all programme part which contains typical dances from Myjava as
” Verbunk , Ukľakovaná, Starobabská, Hustý and Vyhadzovaná “.
” Krucena “
Dance for couples from Šariš typical by unique fluent rolling.
” Cifrovaný and Čardáš “
Dance based od Juraj Štaffa ́s and other dancers ́ skill from Parchovany village.
” Fľaškový “
Slovaks wanted to show their skill in the dance over the bottle during the weddings. It is danced by girls.
” Regrúti ” and “Vešelo parobci “
It is danced by young men before going to the army. It is typical by rhythmical quick steps and clapping by hands on boots. This move is named ” čapáš “.
” Krut from Margecany “
Dance for soloists describing young couple just before wedding.
” Šarišská polka ” and ” Zahrajce hudaci “
Danced by couples for entertainment in villages of East Slovakia.
“ Ceperky “
Dance for couples , “polka” from village Raslavice.