Șchioapa (L*) – Romania

*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.

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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