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Traditional Kyrgyzstani Dance

Traditional Kyrgyzstani dance is an umbrella term for the variety of dances originating from Kyrgyzstan and typically performed during weddings and celebratory events. Reflecting the joyous mood of these occasions, most of the dances are upbeat and involve quick movements. One of the most popular contemporary dances is the "kara korgo," which translates to "black stallion" and features movements that mimic an energetic horse. This dance is usually performed by men, who move their arms in quick, sharp motions while taking high steps or lunges with bent knees. Other dances feature females only or a mix of genders. Dances are often performed to traditional Kyrgyzstan music.

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

These traditional dances originated in various parts of Kyrgyzstan, and are influenced by surrounding countries, including Kazakhstan. The arrival of these dances in Canada is unknown, but they have presumably been introduced sporadically by Kyrgyzstani immigrants from the country's various regions.

Who takes part?

Kyrgyzstani males and females of diverse ages.

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

These dances are typically performed at weddings or cultural events in the GTA.

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


Cultural Significance

These dances are important to some members of the GTA's Kyrgyzstani community, because they represent joyous celebrations and events. Dancing was mostly outlawed during Soviet rule, so it is now seen by many Kyrgyzstani people as a sign of independence and freedom.

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