The Roma people are bands of nomads who originated in India but have migrated world-wide. It is estimated there are 5 million Roma today, but it’s hard to verify, since they are by definition itinerant and aren’t generally counted in censuses. They are sometimes known as gypsies, a term that is disliked for its pejorative connotations.
The Roma people are accomplished musicians and dancers. The composer Franz Liszt was deeply influenced by the Roma music he heard. And folk dancers cherish the dances in Roma style.
Mahala Mori Shej, performed at the Phoenix International Folk Festival in 2018:
Chef is a Roma dance from Romania:
Chikulata Chickita is a Greek Roma dance:
Cine Are Noroc Are is a Roma dance from Romania with an interesting toe-heel figure:
Dana is another Roma dance from Romania. Listen for the call of the loon in the beginning of the music:
E Shukar Romnji is a Roma dance from Hungary:
Mori Shej is another Roma dance from Hungary:
Opa Cupa is a Roma dance from Serbia:
Phiravelman Kalyi Phuv is a Roma dance from Macedonia:
Sherianqe (to the song Ketri Ketri) is a Roma dance from Albania: