I am embarrassed to admit that I needed to look up Croatia to find out where it is. It lies along the eastern edge of the Adriatic Sea; Italy lies on the western bank. People my age might remember Yugoslavia; Croatia was part of the former Yugoslavia.
The only Croatian dance I know is Moja Diridika:
I take it back. I also know Prosijala Sjajna Mjesecina, but I didn’t know the name and I didn’t know it’s Croatian. Such a calm dance:
Zeno is a lovely, easy dance with two sequences that alternate:
Vesela Je Sokadija allows you to do some foot stomping:
Sukacko Kolo is generally done in a circle; in this video, some couples are also dancing:
Rokoko Kolo was danced by Croatians who lived in Serbia. Andrew Carnie says they wore boots with spurs which made a satisfying rhythmic accompaniment (no spurs in the video, though; rats!):
Opsaj Diri. This appears to be an old video. I like that the ladies are singing as they dance:
Nabrala Je. This is an especially nice performance:
Licko Kolo is a “silent” dance, called that because no musical instruments play. The leader, however, sings the first few words of the song as a solo, and then the others join in 2-part harmony. In between repetitions of the song, the dance continues for four beats in silence. (There are many different versions of this dance, done to different tunes):
Kwadrilja is based on the Quadrille, borrowed from the French, who occupied the Dalmatian area of Croatia in the early 1800s. (You might want to go fullscreen for this video; click on the broken square in the lower right hand corner of the frame):
Do you agree that Croatia has a lovely and varied dance culture? I’d love to learn more Croatian dances.