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    Posted: 29-Apr-2008 at 16:05
Everybody post a video and pictures of your regional style of dance, preferably with background info.

Let's try to keep it to only one video per dance.

This is Lezginka (named after the ancient Muslim Lezgin people of Daghestan and Azerbaijan), or as it is also called in Azerbaijan, Şeyh Şamil. It's meant to imitate the movements of an Eagle.



Most Caucasian people have their own variations of flavors of this certain dance, except Armenians who's dances are very different. Turks in the provinces of Ardahan, Kars, and Igidir perform these dances as well since many of them of are of Caucasian descent.

Here it is, Lezginka or Seyh Samil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv9RuTSDkyo



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  Quote xi_tujue Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-May-2008 at 08:47
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Seikh Samil is a person Lezignka is a Dance Confused
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  Quote kafkas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-May-2008 at 18:44
Originally posted by xi_tujue

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Seikh Samil is a person Lezignka is a Dance Confused


Is there something wrong with you? We refer to the dance itself as "Seyh Samil", after the person. There is also a specific type of music that you dance Seyh Samil to, hence the picture of the music album in my previous post.


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yes The Seyh Samil is a form of Lezignka so ?
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  Quote Bulldog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-May-2008 at 14:45
I always wondered where the "Kafkaz" clothes used in these dances came from, the female ones are very distinct and original however, the males look like Turkmen costume, the famous Kalpak-Telpek hat and the jacket.
 
Also another interesting point, there are dances of Turkmenistan and especially the Khwarzemshah region of Ozbekistan which have some similar dances and music to those in the Kafkaz.
 
I wonder if there have been studies into if they had some cultural contact with each other and to what extent it was?
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  Quote kafkas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-May-2008 at 22:01
Originally posted by Bulldog

I always wondered where the "Kafkaz" clothes used in these dances came from, the female ones are very distinct and original however, the males look like Turkmen costume, the famous Kalpak-Telpek hat and the jacket.
 
Also another interesting point, there are dances of Turkmenistan and especially the Khwarzemshah region of Ozbekistan which have some similar dances and music to those in the Kafkaz.
 
I wonder if there have been studies into if they had some cultural contact with each other and to what extent it was?


You raise very good points Bulldog, Turk cultural influence was actually very strong in the Caucasus and also Russia.

The Caucasus experienced significant periods of Hun, Gokturk, Kypchak, Khazar, Seljuk, and Ottoman influence. There were also numerous "Hanliks" in the area, or Khan-ships if you will, like the Nogai, Kumyk, Astrakhan, Karabagh, etc.

Drawing of an ancient Turk bal-bal found in Central Asia (note the clothes)


The trouble with the Caucasus is that it's so diverse it's hard to tell what came from what :)


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There are variety of Bulgarian folk dances, many of which are called "hora" - "round dances" - people get in circle /or in open circle/ and move with the same step, the steps can be simple or quite complicated.  This one on the video is called "Elenino horo:



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This is a Bulgarian dance performed only by women




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Bulgarian dances in 6 parts, a presentation in Australia, with explanations for every dance:


















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A Georgian folk dance



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Romanian Maramure dance:



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A Moldavian folk dance

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