Russian folk dance traditions

Russian folk dance traditions

Folk Slavic ball traditions are respected and appreciated by all serious dancers. These kinds of routine are still well known and popular and even performed at parties by professionals and more often by quests themselves.

Features of Russian dance traditions

Among best known routines there is Swan Lake, ballet composed by Tchaikovsky. This performance tells story of Odette – a princess who was turned into swan by evil witch. World premiere took place in Moscow, Bolshoi Theatre in 1877. Successfully performed nowadays Swan Lake still attracts many fans of ballet worldwide.

Another interesting piece of art is The Sabre Dance that is performed in the final act of ballet “Gayane”. The performers here show their skill with sabres. Traditional Russian round routine are also an essential part of Slavic culture. They are made in circular pattern with leader who tells what steps to do. The music is chosen by leader and he decides what figures are best to fit music. As a result, all the dancers are doing the same steps at the same time.

The history of a traditional Slavic dance costume also counts hundreds of years, usually consists of white blouse with sarafan. Every region in Russia used to have its own kind on costume and included specific styles with embroidery signs. Sarafan is very convenient type of dress that is stylish while doesn’t restrict movements.

It is also an essential part of wedding ceremony. The newly married couple is having their first dance at their party after official part of the event. The song is chosen in advance and usually has some sentimental meaning for bride with groom. The couple may invite a band to perform song as well as for quests entertainment or bring CD.

Most famous folk Russian dances

Russia is a country of great dancers that conquered the world. Among the most famous and well known routines by the residents we should mention the following:

  • Slavic troika is an important one from historical point if view. It involves 3 members: two women and a man. The routine is made in a horse-like steps and alternates from a faster to a slower rhythm. The term troika means three horses and that is why dancers are copying horse-like movements as jumping while moving very quickly.
  • Originally it was a song written in 1860 and had a speedy tempo, therefore it quickly became popular and included a knee-bending routine. It has beautiful costumes and shows Slavic cultural values.
  • Russian Cossack routine or Hopak is performed solo and also includes a lot of male solos performing various acrobatic improvisations like jumps and spins.
  • A combination of a circle dance and chorus singing is called a Khorovod Slavic traditional routine. This type is well known across the world and associated with Russia.

This rich culture encompasses hundreds of years and entertainment domain is only small part of country’s history.