Category Archives: Cultures

Latvia

Latvian folk dance has its origins in the traditions of the Baltic tribes that arrived in the Baltic region in approximately 2000 BC. Dances portray the day-to-day life of rural communities (sowing, harvesting, fishing) as well as specific events (courtship, marriage, birth) and reflect the surroundings important to Baltic culture (animals, birds, nature in general,...
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Azerbaijan

There are a number of Azerbaijani dances (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Reqsleri) used by the Azerbaijani people of Azerbaijan and Iranian Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan’s national dance shows the characteristics of the Azerbaijani nation. These dances differ from other dances with its quick temp. And this talks about nation’s quickness. The national clothes of Azerbaijan are well preserved within...
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Moldova

The Moldavian traditional dance is one of the oldest forms of folk art; it can be considered a real “poem of the nation”, as they say when the Moldavians dance, “heart starts to sing”. Each movement tells us about the talent and spiritual qualities of nation at different history stages. National character and temperament, as well...
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Russia

Russian folk dance was and still is an important part of Russian culture. Traditional Russian folk dance has its origins in various groups, including those with Slavonian and Tatar origins. Some of the first Russian folk music and dance appeared around the 10th century when the Slavic tribes moved into Russia. As well, Russia witnessed...
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Ukraine

Judging by the figures depicted in motion on Trypillian clay vessels, dance has been performed in the lands of present-day Ukraine since at least the third millennium BC. It has been assumed that up to the introduction of Christianity in Kievan Rus' in 988, dance served a very important ritual function in the lands of...
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Armenia

The Armenian dance (Armenian: Հայկական պար) heritage has been considered one of the oldest and most varied in its respective region. From the fifth to the third millennia B.C., in the higher regions of Armenia, the land of Ararat, there are rock paintings of scenes of country dancing. These dances were probably accompanied by certain...
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Kazakhstan

Kara-Zhorga is a form of Kazakh folk dance that imitates the movements and techniques of horse-racing. It is performed during festive gatherings, particularly at feasts celebrating newborn babies. The nature of the dance reflects aspects of everyday life, from the relationship with horses and cattle to communal, social and spiritual activities. Today, both professional dancers...
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Estonia

Old Estonians thought that dancing had a powerful and magical influence on the surrounding world. Dance was an inseparable component of parties and festivities because it was customary to celebrate holidays. People expressed their joy by dancing. On solemn days dancing and having fun were unacceptable. The oldest movements that may be regarded as dancing are...
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