The study is focused on the presentation of results from the first stage of a field research aimed at the expansit of the men's dance 'Moravian-Slovakian verbunk' in the village of Moravske Kninice in the Brno Region. It pays attention to the cultural and social development in the mentioned area from the mid-19th century until the presence. This development provided the conditions to take over some cultural features (folk costumes, folk songs and dances, dialect) that originally occurred solely in the territory of the ethnographic area of Moravian Slovakia (Slovacko). The verbunk dance can be seen for almost twenty years in the village of Moravske Kninice, whereby its form has been undergoing changes whose course and value the author records. She describes also the changes in Feast tradition, dance sequence, and musical accompaniment at Feast dance parties from the early 20th century until now. The contribution mentions the role of the National Institute of Folk Culture in Straznice as a guarantor of research, documentary, educational, popularizing, and promoting activities related to Moravian-Slovakian verbunk as a cultural phenomenon. The mentioned research results are a starting point for the next suggested field research works and audio-visual documentation of the occurrence and expansion of Moravian-Slovakian verbunk in the Brno Region, which will be implemented in the coming years.
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