Biserka Bojerka

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Formation Open circle. V-hold.
Dance Structure Short sequence repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 3 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed 210 counts/min.
Source Dance from Sally Fletcher in Ipswich, UK. Additional background from WWW searching by Alan Trangmar (with the region information from an article by Yves Moreau).
Alternative names 'Biserka' is the name one tune for it.
'Bojerka' is the name for another tune for it.
'Bojarka' is a common misspelling.
'Biserka Bojerka' & 'Biserka Bojarka' are combined names.

Disclaimer: Mistakes are quite likely in the notes and no guarantees are made as to accuracy. There may be other versions of the same dance or other dances with the same name. Music may differ, particularly in speed, introduction and duration, between performers. The division into parts, bars & counts might not be standard. These notes of the dance are freely distributable (under GPL or CC-by-sa) in so much as the note's author's contribution but I don't know if the dance choreography itself is copyrighted.

A dance which is said to be very simple for beginners and non-dancers to follow and therefore useful for introductions and parties where some guests are unused to dancing.

The confusion of dance names is from there being two identical dances from different regions done to different tunes, Bojerka from Pomoravlje & Biserka from Jagodina. The most commonly used tune is Biserka.

It also sounds energetic really without being so as it is mostly 1 step to each 3 counts of the music.

Style: Big steps. Dragging the closing foot in bars 3 & 7.


Summary: 8 bars.

The music for one complete sequence (8 bars).

Whole sequence

Summary: To the R in R, L, Triple Step R. L in, R back, side Triple Step left.

Start Facing acw around the circle.
1 R forwards (travelling acw around the circle).
2 L forwards.
1-2 R forwards
3 L close.
4 R forwards.
5 Turning to face the centre of the circle, L forwards towards the centre of the circle.
6 R backwards.
1-2 L to the side.
3 R close.
8 L to the side.