Vrličko Kolo

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Alternative Names 'Vrličko Kolo' is the original spelling.
'Vrlicko Kolo' is it reduced to ASCII by missing off the accents.
'Verlichko Kolo' is an English transcription.
Formation Open circle, leader at L end. Teapot-hold (R arm looped).
Music 'Mesmo Rekle'.
Dance Structure Short sequence repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, variable length phrases.
Music Speed About 85 to 110 counts/min depending on the recording.
Source Sally Fletcher (who learnt it from Frank Dowling) in Ipswich, 2009.

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A simple Croatian dance similar to the ubiquitous Pravo oro but going the other way an done to distinctive & unusual (by Western standards) music.

The music, 'Mesmo Rekle' (pronounced 'Mez-moe Reck-lay' in English transcription), has unusual, somewhat haunting, harmonies by British standards and is a a well known folk tune. Versions I have heard for dancing this dance to include ones a cappella, with silent gaps (the dance continues), with heavy stepping foot falls keeping the beat during the silences and with a scream-like sound signalling the end of the music. However it may not be suitable to do with Croatian speakers present as the not just the music but the wording is so intensely emotional, it being a lament for valiant fallen soldiers, that it can be considered too much for recreational dancing.

The dance crosses the music.

Style: Quiet, simple. The teapot-hold has hand of looped arm flat on stomach.


Summary: None.

None. Start on the beginning of a phrase of music.

Whole sequence

Summary: L side, R across infront. (L close, R touch infront), mirror.

Start Facing acw around the circle. Weight on L foot.
1 L to the side.
2 R across infront.
3 L close.
4 Touch R foot to the floor infront. The touch is with the ball of the foot but the foot is almost flat (& the subsequent closing is almost a slide rather than being a distinct lift & lower).
1-2 Repeat bar 1 counts 3-4 in mirror image (close R, touch L infront).

This crosses the music with the next repeat starting on bar 2 beat 3.

This sequence is essentially the ubiquitous Pravo oro (also known simply as Pravo) but done in mirror image and with the lifts replaced by touches.