Cultural Dance Trends Episode 5 by World Dance Apparel•
Posted on September 02 2022
Hey readers! first of all we are really sorry to post our 5th episode after sometime. But again we are here and feeling very glad that you guys are really enjoying this blog series. Aren't you? Today we decided to concatenate where we left last time.
In our last episodes we covered cultural dances for all the countries that names started with the alphabets 'D', 'E' and 'F'. Today, in the 5th episode, your favorite dance costumes company 'World Dance Apparel' is going to cover countries which names starts with the alphabets 'G', and 'H'. So, just relax your selves and enjoy the most amusing information about historical and trending dance cultures around the world!
Cultural Dances of Georgia
The Khorumi is a war dance that originated in the region of Guria/Adjara, which is located in the southwestern region of Georgia. The dance was originally performed by only a few men. However, over time it has grown in scale. In today's version of the Khorumi, thirty or forty dancers can participate. The dance was inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Georgia list in 2013.
Perkhuli is a Georgian predominantly male folk round dance. Of at least 20 versions of the dance, "multi-level" perkhuli is one of the most popular forms, performed by a group of dancers standing on the other group's shoulders, with music in 3/4 time. Another version of perkhuli consists of slow and fast rounds, danced to music in 4/4 time.
Cultural Dances of Germany
The Schuhplattler is a traditional style of folk dance popular in the regions of Bavaria and Tyrol (southern Germany, Austria and the German speaking regions of northern Italy). In this dance, the performers stomp, clap and strike the soles of their dance shoes, thighs and knees with their hands held flat.
There are more than 150 basic Schuhplattlers, as well as marches and acrobatic feats that are often interspersed with the basic dance in performance. They may be seen today in Europe and in German immigrant communities around the world. While the Schuhplattler is still largely performed by adults, it has become increasingly popular with youngsters, who love its colorful dance costumes and its bouncing, leaping, kicking and choreographed horseplay.
The Zwiefacher is a southern German folk dance with a quick tempo and changing beat patterns. The couple turns very quickly in a closed position, similar to the Waltz (cultural dance covered in episode 1). Physically, the rhythmic shift looks like a change from normal waltz steps to drehersteps, occasionally also to polkasteps.
Cultural Dance of Ghana
Adowa is a dance by the Akan people of Ghana. It is a popular traditional dance in Ghana and it is performed at cultural ceremonies like festivals, funerals, engagements, and celebrations. The Adowa dance is a sign of expression that allows performers to communicate their emotions and feelings through their hands and feet. There are different hand movements performed for each setting, people will communicate positive emotions at weddings or engagements and negative emotions at funerals.
Cultural Dances of Greece
Syrtos is a traditional dance in which the dancers link hands to form a chain or circle, headed by a leader who intermittently breaks away to perform improvised steps. Syrtos, along with its relative kalamatianos, are the most popular dances throughout Greece and Cyprus, and are frequently danced by the Greek diaspora worldwide.
Sirtaki or syrtaki is a dance of Greek origin, choreographed for the 1964 film Zorba the Greek. It is a recent Greek folkdance, and a mixture of "syrtos" and the slow and fast rhythms of the hasapiko dance. The dance and the accompanying music by Mikis Theodorakis are also called Zorba's dance, the Zorba or "the dance of Zorba". The dance has become popular in Greece and one that is identified with the Greeks.
Zeibekiko is a Greek folk dance. This dance was first seen at the end of the 17th century in cities such as Constantinople and Smyrni. Evliya Çelebi mentions in his writings that it was danced in Magnesia and in Aydın at local feasts. Originally a dance for two armed people facing one another, it developed into an improvised dance for a single male.
The Pyrrhichios or Pyrrhike dance was the best known war dance of the Greeks. It was probably of Dorian origin and practiced at first solely as a training for war. According to ancient sources, it was a weapon dance.
Serra is a Pontic Greek war dance of ancient Greek origin, from the Pontus region of the Black Sea. Its name comes from the Serra river, in the region of Trapezounda. It is also called Pyrrhichios. The rhythm starts in 7:16 and becomes an even meter when the dance speeds up.
The Pentozali or Pentozalis is the trademark folk dance of the island of Crete. It takes its name from the fifth (pente) attempt or step of the Cretan people to liberate Crete from the Ottoman Empire. It can thus be translated as "five-steps". The name also contains an element of wordplay, as - zali means dizziness, and so it may also be interpreted as a dance that can make its dancers dizzy five times over ("five-dizzy"). In fact, the dance has ten steps in total.
The Kalamatianós is one of the best known dances of Greece. It is a popular Greek folkdance throughout Greece, Cyprus and internationally and is often performed at many social gatherings worldwide. As is the case with most Greek folk dances, it is danced in chain with a counterclockwise rotation, the dancers holding hands.
The Tsamikos dance follows a strict and slow tempo not emphasizing on the steps, but more on the dance apparel, attitude, style and grace of the dancer. The dancers hold each other from each other's hands, bent 90 degrees upwards at the elbows.
It takes a sturdy hand, especially if you are supporting the first or last person of the line (or circle) who will lean on you to perform high acrobatic leaps (usually kicking his right leg up as he takes off followed by the left (in a scissor-like motion), hitting the latter with the back of his hand before landing). The steps are relatively easy but have to be precise and strictly on beat. The dancer might even stomp his foot in response to a strong beat. There is some improvisation involved and many variations of the steps, depending on which area the dancers come from.
The Ballos Sirtos is a Greek folk island dance from Greece. The melody of a ballos is generally joyous and lyrical which is typical of the music of the Aegean Islands. This couples' dance performance incorporates all the elements of courtship: attraction, flirtation, display of masculine prowess and feminine virtue, pursuit, and rejection followed by eventual capture and surrender.
Sousta is a Greek folk dance, performed at weddings as an activity of courtship between husband and wife. It originates from Ancient Greece, and holds prominence in Dodecanese Islands, and broader Aegean region. It is the second most common Greek dance, after the Syrtos, with many Greek islands and villages adopting their own version. The performance of the dance reflects various gender roles, inter-played with values of romance and marriage.
Cultural Dance of Guadeloupe
Gwo ka Dance
Gwo ka is a French creole term for big drum. Alongside Gwotanbou, simply Ka or Banboula, it refers to both a family of hand drums and the music played with them, which is a major part of Guadeloupean folk music. Moreover, the term is occasionally found in reference to the small, flat-bottomed tambourine played in kadri music, or even simply to drum in general.
Cultural Dance of Guatemala
Baile de la Conquista Dance
The Baile de la Conquista or Dance of the Conquest is a traditional folkloric dance from Guatemala. The dance reenacts the invasion led by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado and his confrontation with Tecun Uman, ruler of K'iche' kingdom of Q'umarkaj. Although the dance is more closely associated with Guatemalan traditions, it has been performed in early colonial regions of Latin America at the urging of Catholic friars and priests, as a method of converting various native populations and African slaves to the Catholic Church.
Cultural Dance of Guyana
Soca music is a genre of music defined by Lord Shorty, its inventor, as the "Soul of Calypso", which has influences of African and East Indian rhythms. It was originally spelt "sokah" by its inventor but through an error in a local newspaper when reporting on the new music it was erroneously spelt "soca"; Lord Shorty confirmed the error but chose to leave it that way to avoid confusion. It is a genre of music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1970s and developed into a range of styles during the 1980s and after. Soca was initially developed by Lord Shorty.
Cultural Dances of Haiti
Compas Direct is a modern méringue dance music of Haiti. The genre was popularized following the creation of Ensemble Aux Callebasses in 1955, which became Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste in 1957. The frequent tours of the many Haitian bands have cemented the style in all the Caribbean. Therefore, compas is the main music of several countries such as Dominica and the French Antilles.
Cadence rampa or simply kadans is a dance music and modern méringue popularized in the Caribbean by the virtuoso Haitian sax player Webert Sicot in the early 1960s. Cadence rampa was one of the sources of cadence-lypso.
Cultural Dance of Honduras
Punta is an Afro-indigenous dance and cultural music originated by the Garifuna people of Saint Vincent with African and Arawak elements. Punta is the best-known traditional dance belonging to the Garifuna community. The most famous song of punta music is Sopa de Caracol by Banda Blanca. The song was originally written by Belizean singer Hernan Chico Ramos.
Cultural Dance of Hungary
Csárdás often seen as Czárdás, is a traditional Hungarian folk dance, the name derived from csárda (old Hungarian term for roadside tavern and restaurant). It originated in Hungary and was popularized by bands in Hungary and neighboring lands of Slovenia, Burgenland, Croatia, Transylvania, Slovakia and Moravia, as well as among the Banat Bulgarians, including those in Bulgaria.
We hope you enjoyed this episode as earlier you had while reading the other blog episodes. If you have missed any previous episode, you may find from the mentioned links below. Share your thoughts - which cultural dance you liked the most in this blog :)
Cultural Dance – Episode 1: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/how-to-blogs/cultural-dance-trends-series-episode-1
Cultural Dance – Episode 2: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/how-to-blogs/cultural-dance-trends-series-episode-2
Cultural Dance – Episode 3: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/how-to-blogs/cultural-dance-trends-series-episode-3
Cultural Dance – Episode: https://worlddanceapparel.com/blogs/how-to-blogs/cultural-dance-trends-episode-4
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