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Information: A dance.

Translation: Bagpipe

Pronunciation: GUY-da

Other name: Gajda

Region: Macedonia

Rhythm: 4 counts over 3 in the 3-2-2 occurs in tunes for Gaida.


In south Slavic Macedonia, the dance for a 2/4 Gaida is Za Ramo / Pravo / Lesnoto.

Some regard the Bitola Gaida to be a Roma line Čoček with a dance pattern similar to Maleševsko and other Gaida dances found throughout the Siderokastro/Demir Hissar and Serres regions of Greek east Macedonia and danced by Roma and non-Roma "natives" (Dopii) alike. Perhaps these Bitola Roma in question migrated from further east in Macedonia.

Others, however, see Čoček as a dance with minimal travel and much body styling while Gaida dances resemble running (Potrčano) dances, which might also include Berovka, Maleševsko, Ovčepolsko Oro, and Tropnalo from Slavic Macedonia, the line Râčenica in Bulgaria, and dances such as Gaida from Kimisi in Greek Macedonia.

Gaida, as done by Roma from south Slavic Macedonia, Bitola, Prilep, etc., to 2/4 music resembles Čoček. The footwork resembles Maleševsko or Berovka, with 4 bars to the right and 4 to the left. Tunes include "Dada Sali" on "Ora i Čočeci so Ferus i Milan, and "Ferus" on "16 Super Gorešti Kjučeka.


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