Șchioapa – Romania

Șchioapa (shkew-AH-pah), “limping”, refers to two VERY different Romanian dances.  Here’s the Living Șchioapa popular in Romania today, especially Dobrogea  [see CULTURE>ETHNICITY, HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY>Dobrudja, Dobrogea].  It’s in the aksak (irregular) rhythm of 9/16, or Q,Q,Q,S, – 1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,3.  I call this a T-9A variation of the Taproot Dance.  For more on theTaproot Dance and its variations, see BEGIN>The Taproot Family.

It’s related to the Bulgarian Daičovo of the same rhythm.  However dance scholars believe its not a case of one dance influencing the other, rather that both dances evolved in tandem.  It’s also related to Cadaneasca (Living) and Hodoroaga (1st G), posted separately.

For the 1st Generation Schioapa known to Recreational Folk Dancers, see DANCES>3b – 1st GENERATION DANCES>Schioapa.

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