The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)
Horo, Hora, Oro, Kolo
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Information: There exists a tremendous confusion among folk dancers. It seems that anything danced in a circle, even if it be a Scandinavian dance, is called by them KOLO. Kolo does mean circle in most Slavic languages, and the Serbian and Croatian circle dances are called kolos. Some east Serbian and the Macedonians call their circle dance forms ORO (or Khoro). The Romanians and Bulgarians call their circle dances HORA (or Khora), and so do the Albanians. The Israelis call their circle dances HORA (or Horra with two 'r's") or DEBKA. The Arabs call their circle dances DEBKA or DEBKI or DUBKE. The Armenians call their circle dances BAR. The general name for Greek circle dances is HORO (or Khoro).
The origin of the word is Greek, and from it is also derived the English word chorus (khoros in Greek). So here is hoping that when a folk dancer will do a bar, or debki, or oro, he will not call it a kolo or cola.
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