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date: 25 February 2020

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Focusing on Muslim Macedonian Roma in New York, this article analyzes dance as a gendered expressive behavior embedded in community ritual events. Dance expresses social relationships, status, and familial alliances; it is a dynamic interactive behavior that can transform and build relationships, foster communication in the community, or enact conflict. Because solo female dance may be interpreted as sexualized, its dynamics are carefully monitored; women thus performatively negotiate their display of dance in varied contexts. Two generations of Roma are compared in terms of attitudes, style, and repertoire, showing how dance and music have retained their symbolic place in community life and ritual.

Keywords: dance, music, Roma, ritual, Macedonia, Muslim, gender, migration

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