The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)
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Information: A book.
Old-Tyme Kolos, Richard Crum, Los Angeles: 1993 Tamburitza Extravaganza, 1993.
These are a few dances done in the Croatian and Serbian communities of the eastern U.S. over a half-century period, from the beginnings of the "great economic immigration" in 1890 up to the "kolo revival" of the 1950's. The center of the revival was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania appropriately so, since that city was a long-time American stopping point for the early immigrants, and the headquarters of both the great U.S. and Croatian organization. The number of the old-time (pre-1950) kolos was not large a few dozen but they formed a sentimantal base-rock upon which kolo dancing later evolved. Their survival depended as much upon dedicated, kolo-loving tamburaši as it did upon the dancers.
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