Macedonia

Debarska Svadba

This dance is from the Debar area, in western Macedonia. It was done originally at weddings but now is done on other occasions, from weddings and birthdays to communal gatherings and religious holidays.
Pronunciation:  DEH-bahr-skah SVAHD-bah
Music:  7/8 meter, counted 1 2 3  Makedonski Narodni Pesni i Ora, Stockton
Folkdance Camp 2011, Band 14
Formation:  Mixed line or open circle, hands joined in W-position.
Steps & Styling: Čukče: A low hop in which the ball of the foot remains on the floor.

Presented by Fusae Senzaki-Carroll in 2011. View pdf here.

Lesnoto Majka

This dance is seen all over Macedonia. It is done at many gathering occasions like weddings, name days picnics, and parties.
Pronunciation:  LEHSS-noh-toh MAHY-kah
Music:  7/8 meter, counted 1 2 3 Makedonski Narodni Pesni i Ora, Stockton Folkdance Camp 2011, Band 7
Formation:  Mixed line or open circle; hands joined in W-position.

Presented by Fusae Senzaki-Carroll in 2011. View pdf here.

Snošti Te Prativ Na Voda

This dance is from Skopje area. It is done on many occasions, from weddings and birthdays to
communal gatherings and religious holidays. The name means “Last night I went to the well.”
Pronunciation:  SNOHSH-tee teh PRAH-teev na VOH-dah
Music:  11/16 meter, counted 1 2 3 4 5 Makedonski Narodni Pesni i Ora, Stockton
Folkdance Camp 2011, Band 2
Formation:  Mixed line or open circle; hands joined in W-position.

Presented by Fusae Senzaki-Carroll in 2011. View pdf here.

Svekrvino Oro

This is a wedding dance from the Vardar Valley. The svekrvino (groom’s mother) is draped with
peppers and she leads the beginning and ending dance of the wedding. If no band is available, the dance is done to singing.
Pronunciation:  SVEH-kur-vee-noh OH-roh
Music:  7/8 meter, counted 1 2 3 Makedonski Narodni Pesni i Ora, Stockton Folkdance Camp 2011, Band 8
Formation:  Mixed line or open circle; hands joined in W-position.

Presented by Fusae Senzaki-Carroll in 2011. View pdf here.

Vallja E Gjilanit

This crossing dance (Krsteno) also known as Gilanka was observed at a Rom wedding in “Sutka”
Skopje in 1987.
Pronunciation:  VAHL-yah EH GYEEL-ah-neet
Music:  6/8 meter Balkan I 2010 Steve’s Dances CD, Band 7 Counted as “1, and, uh, 2 and uh”
Formation:  Open circle, arms in W-pos. Leader can change steps at will and others can
choose to follow or not.

Presented by Stephen Kotansky in 2010. View pdf here.