The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)
Information: A dance.
Ajde Jano was published in 1928 by V. Gorgevich and first presented in the United States by Anatol Joukowsky in 1957.
Translation: Come, Jana
Pronunciation: EYE-deh YA-no
Other names: 'Ajde Jano, Hajde Jano, Ayde Yano
Meter: 7/8. Like many dances of the Balkans, the music is 7/8 meter, counted 1 (slow), 2 (quick), 3 (quick); sometimes counted 1 (slow), 2 (slower). The dance takes 5 bars but the music takes 16 bars, so you will seldom be dancing with the musical phrase.
Formation: Broken circle, leader at R end. Hands joined and down. In parts of Serbia, free hands (at ends of lines) are frequently held as clenched fists behind the back: a gesture of defiance of Turkish rule, but not too obvious. In this dance, you may want to keep free hands hanging loosely at sides and move them parallel to non-free hands. Face slightly to R.
Steps These walking steps are in typical Serbian style: "soft", flexible knees, weight off the heels, and erect carriage.
|1-4||Stand there and get used to the asymmetrical rhythm.|
|1||Walk forward to R onto: R ft, L ft (cts 1,2).|
|2||Walk forward to R onto: R ft, L ft, R ft (cts 1,2,3).|
|3||Face center and step toward center onto L ft (ct 1), lift L heel and raise R leg with R knee bent (ct 2). Raise joined hands to shoulder height during bar 3.|
|4||Step toward center in front of L ft onto R ft (ct 1), touch L toe in front of R ft, rotating L leg outward a bit (ct 2). Lower joined hands slowly during bar 4 to parallel L leg. Bend forward slightly.|
|5||Walk backward out of circle 2 steps onto: L ft, R ft (cts 1,2), step beside R ft onto L ft (ct 3). Bring hands back to starting position and resume erect carriage.|
|Repeat entire dance from beginning.|
'Ajde Jano kolo da igramo,
Come Jana, come dear, we shall dance the kolo.
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