Fatiše Kolo is a traditional dance from the south Serbian town of Vranje. It's pronounced "Fah-tee-sheh Koh-loh".

Notes

*The beauty of Vranje

Here's what Aleksandra Grbic Hrustic wrote about the name of this song:

"'Fatiše' comes from the old Serbian language, not in use any more, actually the proper word would be "uhvatiše". That means: 'they joined hands'. So, together 'Fatiše kolo' literally means 'they joined hands for the circle dance' or 'they (Vranje's girls) started a circle dance'.

It is also known as 'Kolo from Vranje' ('Vranjsko devojacko kolo'), but it's also common to name Serbian folk songs by the first line."

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Another version with an alternate 2nd verse:

Fatiše Kolo vranjske devojke.
Vranjske devojke na tu vranjsku česmu.

Na chelu kola Živkova Taša
Živkova Taša, lepotinja naša.

English Translation:

The girls from Vranje started a circle dance
The girls of Vranje, at Vranje's fountain.

At the head of the round is Mitko's* Tasha.
Mitko's* Tasha, our beauty."

*Or Chicko's, or Zhivko's daughter. Mitko, Chicko, or Zivko are common names (or nicknames) for men in Southern Serbia, so if someone says "Mitko's Tasha", it usually means a daughter of Mitko (could be a girlfriend, or a wife, but not so often). So damsel is a fair description.

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Ed sent dance instructions:

Dance instructions

Formation: Line dance, women only: hands held lightly at shoulder height with elbows bent;
Line moves R; begin facing slightly R.

Sequence:
Weight is on L foot. Lift L (quick), step R (slow), lift R (quick), step L (quick);

Lift L (quick), step R (slow), facing center step L in front of R (quick), step on R in place (quick)

Lift R (quick), step on L in place (slow), step on R in place of L (quick), step on L in place (quick).

The dance does not equal the musical phrase, but begins again mid-verse. This should not trouble the dancers, who simply continue repeating the step sequence.

Note: the steps in this dance are hesitating, and delicate; body movements are supple, almost serpentine. The dance is from the Prizren-Vranje area which was heavily influenced by the Turks.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Ed Gawlinski for contributing this song. Translated by Mama Lisa and Aleksandra Grbic Hrustic. Aleksandra is a music teacher from Novi Sad, Serbia. She teaches music to children from 1.5 to 7 years old in her music school "Melodium".

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