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The Moravian Slovak verbuňk belongs to the male dances of a skočná character. What to imagine when you don’t have YouTube at hand? Handsome men in beautifully embroidered costumes, feathers on their hats, and heartfelt choreography where the feet never stay on the floor. Verbuňk is an improvised dance. Although it is most often danced in groups, each dancer dances on his own, depending on the region and community to which he or she belongs. And also according to their dancing skills and own personal talent and character.
Men dance verbuňk to a certain range of songs, among which the so-called New Hungary songs have been predominant since the second half of the 19th century. Due to local variations, there are 7 regional types. Verbuňk forms part of natural dance occasions such as kermesse. And it also exists in a stage form, and its performers love competing in dance contests.
Where did the strange name of the dance come from? You may recall the archaic German term for conscription, Werbung. And according to historical sources in this area, the conscript used to say goodbye with this dance before going off to war.
Where can you see the verbuňk with your own eyes? The Moravian Slovak verbuňk is still danced in most of the villages in Moravian Slovakia. It is a natural part of the dance repertoire here (at kermesse, weddings, vintage events).
Every year at the International Folklore Festival in Strážnice, dancers compete in the Competition for the Best Dancer of the Moravian Slovak Verbuňk.