A Czech Traditional Dance: Under the same sun.

28/03/2020

Jaro Dance Group - Celebrating history through dance

MgA. Živana Vajsarová founded this unique art body in 1983, being both an artistic manager and choreographer. It was founded in connection with Folk School of Arts in Radotín, being a continuum and namesake to a previous dance group which was started and led by Vajsarová´s father in the 1950s. Her father Prof.František Bonuš was a prominent and distinguished Czech ethnographer, who travelled through various regions of Czechoslovakia, where he studied and wrote down olden music, traditions, dances and rituals passed from generation to generation only in those specific regions. Without his research some of those traditions would likely now be forgotten. Prof. Bonuš's work has been a great source for Živana Vajsarová and her dance group. Thanks to them, the dancers of JARO dance group are able to perform a great amount of traditional dances, that live on due to lifelong work of Professor Bonuš and MgA. Živana Vajsarová.

After 1989 JARO dance group (meaning "Spring") moved it´s headquarters from the peripheries of Prague to Smíchov where it has operated until today within the Elementary School of Arts Štefánikova. The Dance group has over 80 dancers, divided by age into four groups, two of them being children groups; Sluníčko (meaning The Sun) and Kolovrátek (meaning Spinning wheel), one is junior group: Studánka (meaning Watering Hole). Kalina (meaning Viburnum) is the fourth group comprising of adults.

The repertoire core is made of traditional dances and games from the times of spring and summer, but the repertoire does include an impressive Christmas routine consisting of Christmas carols in the traditional garbs, masks and with distinctive and typical props.

A great part of JARO´s success is formed by JARA music group led by Mr.Karel Mezera who has been working with the dance group since 1993.