Serbian Dancing Lady
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The Serbian Dancing Lady refers to stories and viral videos of a Serbian woman who dances in the streets at night in traditional robes and threatens anyone she encounters with a knife. The first-known video of the dancing Serbian lady was posted to YouTube by Serbia Today in 2019 and gained viral spread, with some believing it to be a hoax and some believing it to be real. In the following years, new videos depicting the creepy character went viral, especially on TikTok.
On September 22nd, 2019, Serbia Today published an article reporting on a video of a woman dancing "similar to the movements of Serbian folklore" in the streets of Belgrade, Serbia. According to the report, which sources an anonymous witness, the woman carries a knife that she uses to threaten passers-by. Two photos taken from unknown social media accounts purportedly sharing the story and a sighting of the woman were shared in the story (shown below, left and right).
A video of the Serbian dancing lady was uploaded to the Serbia Today YouTube page that day, garnering over 143,000 views in four years (shown below).
The video and story of the Serbian dancing lady spread over the following months. On September 22nd, 2019, the day it was posted to Serbia Today, a 9GAG user posted the video, writing, "Woman in traditional robes dancing and chasing people with a knife (Serbia). And you thought killer clowns were weird," garnering over 80 upvotes in four years. On November 27th, 2022, a Redditor posted to /r/tipofmytongue looking for the video, garnering over 75 upvotes in three months. On December 2nd, YouTuber Daryon Story posted a video sharing the story, garnering over 1.6 million views in two months (shown below).
On December 29th, 2022, TikToker @al3ks4_09 posted a purportedly fake video of the Serbian lady dancing and then running at the camera operator with a knife, garnering over 8.9 million views in two months (shown below, left). On February 14th, 2023, TikToker @aatec13 posted a new video of the supposed Serbian dancing lady, garnering over 50 million views in a week (shown below).
@al3ks4_09 this is Serbia dancing lady by careful guys she is a killer an she have a knife💀 #babasazvezdare #dancingladyserbia ♬ original sound – 🎃
@aatec13 be careful guys #serbia #dancingladyserbia #horror #zvezdara ♬ Creepy and simple horror background music(1070744) – howlingindicator
On February 11th, 2023, TikToker @@jumpersjump posted a clip from the Jumpers Jump podcast in which the hosts discuss the Serbian dancing lady, garnering over 25 million views in 10 days (shown below).
@jumpersjump The Serbian Dancing Lady 😱 #fyp #mystery #podcast #jumpersjump ♬ original sound – Jumpers Jump Podcast
 Serbia Today – Horror scene in Belgrade
 YouTube – Serbia Today
 Reddit – tipofmytongue
 YouTube – Daryon Story
 TikTok – @al3ks4_09
 TikTok – jumpersjump
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