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Traditional Tajikistani Dance

Traditional Tajikistani dance is an umbrella term for the various traditional and folkloric dances originating from Tajikistan. The traditional dances performed in Tajikistani culture reflect the mood of the accompanying song. Consequently, there are no specific movements, dress, or techniques that characterize the dances. Pantomime dances are common, and mimic animals and birds. "Rakskhoi marosimi" is a ceremonial dance performed for somebody who is near death. Other dance styles include "pamir," "bukhara," "hisara," "raks bo dutor" and "aspakbozi."

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

All the dances in this style originate from Tajikistan, and are influenced by various regional communities within the country. Some of the dances are ancient and cannot be traced back to a specific time of inception. The arrival of these dances in Canada is unknown, but they have presumably been introduced sporadically by Tajikistani immigrants from the country's various regions.

Who takes part?

Tajikistani males and females of diverse ages.

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

These dances are performed at Tajikistani festive occasions and cultural festivals, such as the Tirgan Festival in Toronto.

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

Tirgan Festival

Cultural Significance

These dances are significant to some members of the GTA's Tajikistani community.

Is there anything else we should know?



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