Šareni Čorapi (L*)- basic 9/8 dance

*a Living dance is a 1st Generation dance that is still performed in the country of origin (or immigrant communities) as part of a social event like a wedding where others can participate (not for an audience) by people who learned the dance informally (from friends and relatives by observation and imitation, not in a classroom situation). For more information, click here and here.

Šareni Čorapi “Multicolored Socks” is a folk song, often considered a children’s song, that is common throughout the southern Balkans (Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia).  During the roughly 500-year occupation of this area, Čorap, the Turkish word for socks, became the term used by local languages as well – Čorap in Macedonian, Čorap in Bulgarian, Ciorapi in Romanian, Čarape in Serbian, Tsourapi in Greek.

There are many sets of lyrics – most tell of a mother/grandmother who buys/knits colorful socks for her child/grandchild, and does/doesn’t let her wear them.

The underlying meaning is best explained by the fellow below:

The song is in 9/8 time – 12,12,12,123, or Quick, Quick, Quick, Slow, – Q,Q,Q,S.  I call this a T-9A variation of the Taproot Dance.  For more on theTaproot Dance and its variations, see BEGIN>The Taproot Family.  Dance scholars call this pattern Dvetorka, from devet – the Macedonian word for 9.

Northern Macedonians think of it as a children’s song & dance.  It is perhaps the simplest dance in 9 beats we have.

Šareni Čorapi

For Greek Macedonians, Sareni Tsourapi is an all-ages dance

Below is a group of Canadian (Slavic) Macedonians

And some Greek Macedonians performing

Some Greeks call it Pardala Tsourapia

Pardala Tsourapa

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