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Traditional Uzbek Dance

Traditional Uzbek dance is an umbrella term for choreographed dances originating from Uzbekistan. It is distinct from folkloric Uzbek dancing because it is choreographed, performed on stage, and focused on presenting a narrative or story. The three popular versions of traditional Uzbek dance are "ferghana," which is characterized by smooth, delicate steps, and slides; "bukhara," which involves distinct gestures, deep backbends, jumps, arm waves, and shoulder movements; and "khorezm," which begins with small movements of the upper body and slowly progresses into a fast-paced and full-body dance. For many of these dances, dancers wear traditional Uzbek costumes, which usually include long colourful gowns and unique headdresses.

Is this activity known by any other names?

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

The traditional dances of Uzbek are thought to have originated during the time of the Silk Road, under the influence of the courts of Chinese emperors. Its arrival to Canada is unknown.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages, most of whom are from an Uzbek background.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Traditional Uzbek dance is performed at special events in the GTA, such as cultural festivals.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Silk Road Dance Company

Cultural Significance

The dance may be culturally significant to GTA residents from a Uzbek ethnocultural background.

Is there anything else we should know?

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Dance
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