Linđo is the most popular dance of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik region. It is danced to the accompaniment of lijerica (an old Southern Dalmatian and Hercegovina instrument with three strings), which came from the Eastern Mediterranean in late 18th century and spread on the Adriatic coast in the 19th century.
It is now extensively performed in the Dubrovnik's coastal region, in Konavle area, on the Pelješac Peninsula and on the islands of Mljet and Lastovo. In the past it was performed exclusively to the accompaniment of the bellows. The dance master plays sitting, with lijerica on his left knee, while stamping with his right foot, thus dictating rhythm to the dancers. They move in a circle around the dance master, who gives commands (in rhyme, humorous and often with double meaning). He also decides who will dance with whom and dictates the change of dance figures, he also encourages the dancers to compete in improvisations.
The Lindjo dancers
The tradition of Lindjo is keep alive by Dubrovnik's The Folklore Ensemble Linđo (Lindjo).
Ljeričar ( ljeričar - player on lijerica)
The dance got its name after one-time legendary dance leader, Nikola Lale known as Linđo from Župa Dubrovačka. His descendants nowadays live in Župa.
Linđo - the most popular dance of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik region.