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SerbFest wants you to dance


"There's nothing new under the sun," people say. But if that's true, how do you explain the kolo dances of Serbia? True, the dances are not new — most are actually quite old, being folk dances — but each region of Serbia has produced at least one unique take on the circle dance. The Serbs are a people who clearly love a good dance, as the kolo is adaptable to large groups of dancers; the more, the merrier, in fact. So put on your dancing shoes (or opanci, if you have a pair), and head down to SerbFest at the Holy Trinity Serbian Church (1910 Serbian Drive; 314-776-3262). The Kolo Dance Troupe of Hamilton, Canada, performs a variety of joyful Serbian dances for your entertainment, and you can probably get a good kolo of your own going in the crowd. You can also devour sweet Serbian pastries and spicy sausages, along with a host of other traditional foods, and browse the arts-and-crafts bazaar. SerbFest takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (August 9 and 10), and admission is free.
Sat., Aug. 9; Sun., Aug. 10, 2008