"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