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Russian Folk Dance

Russian folk dance is an umbrella term for Russian dances that represent working life, society and culture. These dances include traditional Khorovod, Karelian, Tatar, Barynya, Komi, Chechotka, Bashkir, Ingush, and Chechen dances. Many of the folk dances incorporate unique footwork, such as stomping patterns, knee bending, deep lunging, and squats. Other dances may have specific choreography or steps, such as the circle dancing patterns of Korovod or the tap dancing in Chechotka. And some other dances, such as the Barynya dance, emphasize self-expression and spirited movement rather than choreographed movements. The majority of the Russian folk dances are accompanied by cultural music specific to the region of the dance.

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

Russian folk dances originated in various regions in Russia. It has been suggested that the dances arrived in Canada when Russian immigrants entered during the beginning of the 1900s.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages, typically from a Russian ethnocultural background.

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

Russian folk dances are practiced regularly and are performed throughout the year at cultural festivals in the GTA.

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

Revival Russian Dance Ensemble

Cultural Significance

These dances are culturally significant to some members of the Russian community as they represent the working life, society, and culture of various regions in Russia.

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