"Sarba" redirects here. For the village in Lebanon, see Sarba, Lebanon.
"Sirba" redirects here. For the river in West Africa, see Sirba River.

A Sârba or Sîrba in Romanian) is a Romanian and Csángó dance normally played in 2/2 or 2/4 time. It can be danced in a circle, line, or couple formations and was historically popular not only in Romania, but also Ukraine, Hungary, Polish highlanders (Gorals) and European Jewry. It is fast-paced and triplets are usually emphasized in the melody. It tends to be a happy, lively, sometimes upbeat, dance in which its name has its roots in the Romanian word sarbatoare, which translates as "a feast-day", or used loosely as a Romanian figure of speech, usually in poetry and folk music, could also mean "great joy" or great happiness".

The sîrba is still popular in Romanian traditional music and in Jewish Klezmer music.


  • The Book of Klezmer, by Yale Strom. 2002: A Capella books, Chicago

External links

  • Sîrba Page on Dunav balkan dance website (with example audio file)
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