Belonging to a community called “Romani” is a Southeast European dance form known as Jeni Jol. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from a region called Skojpe located in Macedonia. Furthermore, this dance style is mainly performed by women. In addition, the dancers arrange themselves in a curved line before performing.

A. History/origin of the Jeni Jol:

According to the cultural history of Macedonia, this dance is said to have developed using a musical genre called “cocek” that was created in the 19th century in the Balkans during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.

B. Costumes used in the Jeni Jol:

The costume worn by the performers (mainly female) include a white dress, a colourful skirt/pyjama, a pair of shoes, and a headgear.

C. Music involved in the Jeni Jol:

The musical instrument mainly used in this dance style is a tambourine i.e. a drum.

D. Training availability and technique involved in the Jeni Jol:

In terms of technique, the performers (mainly female) initially arrange themselves in a curved line. They then hold their hands and dance to the rhythm of the accompanying music by sensuously moving their hips. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “folk” dance is mainly performed in Macedonia.

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