Kopačka (folk dance)
Kopačka (Macedonian: Копачка; English: The farmers dance) is a traditional Macedonian Oro, folk dance, from the region of Pijanec, a range of mountains in the eastern part of the Republic of Macedonia.
It is a man dance with fast movements on a half feet with lots of jumps, side movements and scissors movements. The dancers are holding their belts with left hand over the right one and begin their dance in a position of a half circle. The dance rhythm is 2
The dance was first introduced to Tanec (the national folklore performance group in the Republic of Macedonia) by the village dancers. The original name for the dance was Sitnata (Macedonian: Ситната; English: The small/fine one). Tanec changed the name to Kopačka and the dance subsequently became so famous that the villagers adopted this name of Kopačka for both the dance and the name of their group, to remind everyone whence this dance originally came.
The dance is based on a combination of two songs: Dimna Juda for the slow, walking part of the dance, and Derviško Dušo (Viško) for the fast part of the dance.
- Dimovski, Mihailo. (1977:80-6). Macedonian folk dances (Original in Macedonian: Македонски народни ора). Skopje: Naša kniga & Institut za folklor
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- Video of the Kopačka folk dance on YouTube
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