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Gurage is an Ethiopian dance that features acrobatic full-body moves. The dance is fast-paced and involves full-body coordination, as participants move their arms and legs forward and backward while jumping on alternate legs. Major dance moves include hip shaking and fast arm movements. Gurage is typically performed as a group dance to high tempo music, with participants wearing traditional dress.

Is this activity known by any other names?


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

This dance originated in the villages of the Gurage peoples of Ethiopia. It was brought to Canada by Ethiopian immigrants.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages, most of whom are of Ethiopian (and, specifically, Gurage) heritage.

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

In the GTA, Gurage is practiced at occasional Ethiopian dance workshops and performed at annual African festivals.

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

Habari Africa Festival

Cultural Significance

This dance may be culturally significant to some persons of Ethiopian descent.

Is there anything else we should know?



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