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a dance and song

From: Ron Houston. Folk Dance Problem Solver (1987). Austin, Texas: Society of Folk Dance Historians, 1987.

(EYE-deh YA-no) = come, Jana


Hajde Jano (?). Ayde Yano.


This dance is from the Kosmet which is a region of south Serbia, which is a republic of Yugoslavia, which is a country in the Balkans, which is the region comprising the southeast corner of Europe. 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. Note: these walking steps are in typical Serbian style: "soft", flexible knees, weight off the heels, and erect carriage. 'Ajde Jano was published in 1928 by V. Gorgevich and first presented in the US by Anatol Joukowsky in 1957.


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.

1-4Stand there and get used to the asymmetrical rhythm.
 The dance. Face slightly to R.
1Walk forward to R onto: R ft, L ft (cts 1,2).
2Walk forward to R onto: R ft, L ft, R ft (cts 1,2,3).
3Face 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.
4Step 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.
5Walk 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 the dance over and over, dear Jana.

The words

'Ajde Jano kolo da igramo, Come Jana, come dear, we shall dance the kolo.
'ajde Jano, 'ajde duso, kolo da igramo. 2X  
'Ajde Jano konja da prodamo, Come Jana, come dear, we shall sell the horse, we shall sell the house.
'ajde Jano, 'ajde duso, konja da prodamo,  
'ajde Jano, 'ajde duso, kucu da prodamo.  
Da prodamo samo da igramo, We shall sell, Jana dear, everything to dance.
da prodamo, Jano duso, samo da igramo. 2X   

End of 'AJDE JANO.