Strumička Petorka (2*) – seuN. Macedonian

*2nd Generation dance. A dance that developed and was disseminated in a non-traditional way. 2G dances are specific – have a fixed format designed to correspond with the arrangement of a particular recording., whereas 1G dances are generic – have a shorter sequence that works with live music – where many different songs are played and arrangements vary according to the tastes of musicians and dancers. For more on the differences between 1st & 2nd G dances click here.

Strumička Petorka (stroo-MEECH-kah peh-TOR-kah), which in Macedonian means “dance in fives from Strumiča”.  I like this dance because of its 5/8 meter (12,123, quick, slow), simple pattern, moderate tempo, peppy music, and the optional turns that keep everyone paying attention.

Strumica is the largest city in eastern Macedonia, near the Bulgarian border. Petorka, meaning “in fives”, refers to both the 5/8 meter of the dance, and the five times the basic pattern is danced.

Strumicka Petorka was introduced to North America in 1976 by Bora Gajicki, who in the 1960’s was a solo dancer with Ansambl KOLO, Serbia’s professional touring folk dance troupe.  Bora  arranged traditional Macedonian steps to match the 1972 recording of Strumicka Petorka, (attached below) the music most folk dance groups use today.

Here’s a link to a rather primitive video showing Bora himself demonstrating the dance.



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