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Cultural Dance Trends Series - Episode 1 by World Dance Apparel

Written by Karol Moreno

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Posted on August 10 2022

We are going to start an amazing series regarding cultural dance trends. We have decided to share the cultural dance of each country in this world. This would be so long and boring if we cover all the countries in a blog. So, we'll share it episode by episode.

The 1st episode of this series is covered in this specific blog. In this episode, we would like to share cultural dance trends for all the countries starting from the letter 'A'. This blog series is going to be so exciting and knowledgeable for you! Let's start with an easy definition :)

What is Cultural Dance?

Cultural dance is a particular type of dance shared by the community. It can have specific uses and meanings. These include rituals, ceremonies such as marriage and birth, respecting ancestors or just having fun! Dance is unique to certain people and their traditions.

Many people believe that cultural dance unites mind, body and community. There are many different and unique dance forms around the world, and many of them exist all over the world. In this world there are many countries that represents their culture through a specific type of dance. So in our 1st episode we are going to cover all the countries starting with the alphabet 'A'. 

Cultural Dance of Afghanistan

Attan

The cultural dance of Afghanistan is Attan. Attan is a traditional Pashtun dance originating from the Pashtun tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is now considered the national dance of Afghanistan. Some believe it has spiritual roots linking it to Zoroastrianism. Others associate the dance with the British occupation and the Pashtun resistance movement, when Pashtuns used dance to instill confidence and energy in warriors willing to fight the colonizers.

Pashtuns performed the state in times of war or at weddings or other ceremonies (engagements, marriages, and informal gatherings). It is now considered the national dance of Afghanistan, popularly performed by other ethnic groups in Afghanistan as well as the Pashtun ethnic group in Pakistan.

Dance Dress for Attan

When we talk about dance performances, dance costumes play a vital role. Attan dance performers often wear traditional mantras when participating in the lively dance. Usually on festive occasions, men can also be seen wearing suits and ties for a more formal look. The women wear brightly colored dresses. These dresses may be accompanied by small mirrors meant to symbolize light. Small mirrors add beautiful detail and sparkle under the lights as the women move and dance.

In some versions of the Attan, Pashtun men brushed their jet black hair in a circular motion. The men also wear traditional turbans called Lungee, which indicate the tribes they belong to and are of great importance.

Cultural Dance of Albania

Shota

Shota (or Choto) is an Albanian dance that is very popular in Albania and Kosovo. It involves simultaneous steps and a steady pace. It is often played at weddings, folk festivals and other occasions.

Cultural Dance of Algeria

Chaabi

Chaabi is traditional music from Algiers (Algeria), made official by Hajj Mohamed El Anka. The so-called chaabi music, which originated in the kasbah, belongs to a very recent tradition. It appeared in the 1930s and has lost none of its appeal to this day. Inspired by the vocal traditions of Andalusian music, such as the muwashshah, using its modes and rhythm. Chaabi means "the people", and it is certainly the music of the people, even in a country where Raï reigns.

Cultural Dance of Argentina

Tango

Tango is a couple dance and a social dance born in the 1880s along the Río de la Plata, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay. Tango originated in the poorer port areas of these countries as a result of a mixture of Rioplatense Candombe, Hispano-Cuban Habanera and Argentine Milonga. Tango was often practiced in brothels and harbor cafes, where entrepreneurs used bands to entertain their customers with music. Then the tango spread to the rest of the world. Currently, there are many variations of this dance all over the world.

Pericón

The pericon is a folk dance in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. This dance consists of a group of loose, interconnected pairs, usually eight.

Cultural Dance of Australia

Corroboree

Pro is a generic word denoting the meeting of Australian Aborigines. It can be a sacred, celebratory or warlike celebration. A word coined by early British settlers in the Sydney area from a word in the local Darug language, usually including dance, music, costume and often body decoration.

Bush Dance

Bush dancing is a dance style that originated in Australia, specifically where the music is performed by the bush band. The dances are mainly based on traditional folk dances from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Central Europe.

Cultural Dance of Austria

Ländler

The Ländler (German pronunciation: [lɛntlɐ]) is a folk dance that was popular 3.4 times in Austria, Bavaria, German-speaking Switzerland, and Slovenia at the end of the 18th century. It is the dance in couple that is characterized by the power of mobility and tightness. It can be a purely instrumental part or a vocal part, sometimes accompanied by yodeling.

Waltz

A waltz (from the German Walzer [ˈvalt͡sɐ̯]), meaning "to roll or turn") is a folk and ballroom dance, usually in high pitch (3.4 times), usually performed in a closed position. Typically dancers use ballroom dance costumes for Waltz.

Cultural Dance of Azerbaijan

Jangi

Jangi (Azerbaijani: Cəngi) is a male national dance of Azerbaijan. The dance is very old. It is a reminder of the battle of the Azerbaijani strongmen and was performed in their honor. The dance expresses the challenge to fight.

Khanchobany

This dance is very old. It is a reminder of the battle of the Azerbaijani strongmen and was performed in their honor. The dance expresses the challenge to fight. In the 17th and 18th centuries, a tribe called Khanchobani settled in the Shirvan region of Azerbaijan. The dance that bears their name is performed in the spirit of the tribe. The dance was born at the end of the 19th century.

Tello

Tello (Azerbaijan: Tello) - is an Azerbaijani national dance. It is a type of yalli dance and is associated with a female name. Both women and men can perform this dance. The dancers hold their little fingers together and bring them to shoulder height. The dance process consists of two quick parts, with the shoulders going up and down. This dance is popular in almost all regions of Azerbaijan.

Wrap Up

Every traditional dance is different. It is a unique and valuable part of culture that benefits the individual and society as a whole. We hope you enjoyed this great information. In the next episode we will talk about the dance culture of countries that start with the letter "B"!

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