Yerevan/Armenia (Folk dance & Music 4) Part 26

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Armenian dance&Music:
The Armenian dance 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 kinds of songs or musical instruments. In the fifth century Moses of Khoren (Movsés Khorenats'i) himself had heard of how the old descendants of Aram (that is Armenians) make mention of these things (epic tales) in the ballads for the lyre and their songs and dances.
Traditional dancing is still popular among expatriate Armenians, and has also been very successfully `exported' to international folk dance groups and circle dance groups all over the world. All dancers wear the traditional costume to embody the history of their culture and tell their ancestors stories. The design of these costumes are influenced by many factors, such as religious traditions, family methods, and practicality. The traditional coloring and exquisite beading of the costumes ties the dance and the tradition together. The beautiful movements of the Armenian cultural dance are adored by all audience around the world.
Folk dances:
Kochari:Kochari is one of the most popular dances of Armenians. Kochari is danced in a group of men and women and is known for its tune played on the zurna.
Shalakho:A dance for men from Ancient Armenia. It is performed in dance studios by men, but danced at public gatherings by women as well.
Tamzara,
Yarkhushta :Yarkhushta is a martial dance from the Taron and Aghdznik regions of Western Armenia.
Berd - Berd is a dance famous for having a circle of men stand on the shoulders of another circle and rotate. Berd means "fortress" in
Armenian and is named accordingly because of the shape the dancers make.
Shirkhani, Harsnapar - Harsnapar comes from the Armenian hars which means bride, and par which translates to dance. The bride is shown dancing a solo and may possibly feature the bridesmaids.Gorani,Gyond, Menapar - Menapar translates to "solo." It may feature a man or woman. Normally, if a man is the one dancing, the music will be fast-paced and in the case of a woman, a slower, more elegant music will play.
Nazpar,Shurjpar,Souserapar,Papuri, Zuykpar - Zuykpar is a duet done by a man and woman. It features a liveliness to it and normally includes both dancers doing symmetrical movements.
Uzundara,Ververi,Lorke , Tsakhkadzori ,Karno kochari - Very similar to Kochari, originated in region of (Karin).
Ishkhanats par - Also known as the "Lords' dance".
Fndzhan, Kertsi, Kajats khagh, Tamour agha, Trtghouk ,Srabar, Asdvadzatsna, Tars par, Loutki,Yerek votk,Tchotchk,Khnamineri par, Khosh bilazig,
Regional dances:
Arabkir - A dance from the Armenian city of Arabkir.
Kesabian - The Kesabian dance came from the city of Kesab, Syria.
Laz bar - originated among the fishermen of the Black Sea
Moosh - is a mixed dance from the district of Moush/Taron, west of Lake Van.
Sasnapar - Sasnapar is a more popular dance common at weddings and other cultural gatherings. It originated in the city of Sasun.
Vagharshapatian The Vagharshapatian originated in Vagharshapat now known as Ejmiatsin.
Zeytouni - Zeytouni originated in Zeytun.
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