Indijski Čoček (1*) – Macedonian Roma

*1st Generation dance. A dance that developed in a traditional way – not ‘taught’ by a teacher or choreographer, but ‘learned’ by observing and imitating others in your “village”, where the village’s few dances were the only dances anyone knew. It usually is ‘generic’ – the dance pattern is fairly simple and not tied to any particular piece of music. The dance phrase may or may not match any musical phrase, but the music’s rhythm must be suitable for performing the footwork. This dance may have many variations, but they’re performed at the whim or inspiration of the leader or (sometimes) any other dancer so long as it doesn’t interfere with the flow of neighboring dancers. For more, click here, here, and here.

Music called Indijski čoček

There are LOTS of recordings of instrumental music in the Balkans called Indijski Čoček. Many different melodies. I suspect “Indijski” refers more to a vague notion of “like India” than to anything more specific.

Trubaci legend Bakija Bakić – date unknown, but Bakić died in 1989. Called Indijski Čoček, but sounds a lot like Sa Sa.
Ogneni Momchinja 2001.
Ivan Halilovic 2009
Feris Mustafov’s live Indijski Čoček (2021) of a tune released in 2013.
Sasko Kordov 2021

The dance Indijski čoček

In 1997 Steve Kotansky introduced a dance he called Indijski čoček.

Indijski Cocek as taught by by Steven Kotansky at Stockton Folk Dance Camp in 1997

I have spent hours looking for YouTubes showing dances in the Balkans called Indijski čoček, but without success. I did find a Romani wedding in Kočani, but they danced only 3-measure T-6-style čočeks. However just because I couldn’t find a Balkan YouTube doesn’t mean Indijski čoček isn’t danced there. Kotansky indicates it could be danced to “any good medium-tempo Čoček”, and the form – a standard 3-measure čoček with added steps to make it 5-measures – is not unlike other Balkan dances, and is unlike standard multi-part choreographies created for recreational folk dancers. I’m calling it a 1st Generation dance.

Footwork best seen at around 46 min. Kočani, 2014

I found a Macedonian wedding in Australia labeled Indijski čoček, but the title referred to the music – the dancing was closer to solo čoček.

Called Indiski Čoček. Australia. 2013.

There are many YouTubes of recreational folk dancers doing Kotansky’s dance he called Indijski Čoček.
Ira Weisbrud
San Alfonso, Chile, 2013.

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