This And That About Traditional Russian Folk Dance

This And That About Traditional Russian Folk Dance

People have been dancing for generations to express themselves and tell stories about their cultures. It is a fun and entertaining activity that individuals can do alone or with friends to pass the time and even get some exercise. There are many, many different types of dance classes available for Philadelphia students to take. They teach them the ins and outs of the chosen music and style.

Then again, there also plenty of venues that let dancers show off their skills. Fans find the events relaxing and enjoyable to watch. Traditional Russian folk dance is one option that is worth learning or checking out. Eastern Slavic dance styles of bending knees and stomping feet are regularly observed in the routines. However, there are many other customs found in the dances too from Caucasian, Uralic, Mongolic, and Turkic persons that are native to Russia.

There are many types of Russian folk dances. Here, three primary ones will be discussed to give interested parties an understanding of what they are all about. So, curious readers should stay put and read on to learn more. 


Firstly, this dance is known by many different names besides khorovod. It is also called ulitsa, yanok, posolon', karagod, and krug. The techniques differ from region to region, but the Slavic art form usually combines chorus singing and a circle dance. Intricate patterns and wild movements can be part of the equation as well. Over the years, some things have changed, but one item has remained the same. Khorovod promotes friendship and unity. The participants hold hands and work toward a common goal, which is sometimes to pray or merely have fun.


In 1848, a Russian composer named Mikhail Glinka created a number called Kamarinskaya. It was based on two things, a bridal song, and a rapid dance tune. This work was the inspiration behind the dance developed in the 19th century that goes by the same name. Male and female performers alike wear vivid and bright colored costumes. The music for this traditional Russian folk dance is usually played by a concertina, a balalaika, and a fiddle. Some of the moves that the dancing entertainers use include hops, knee bends, squats, heel brush steps, and more.


Barynya is a fast-paced traditional Russian folk dance. The title itself means landlady. This artistic form combines a poem, chastushka, and lively dancing. Music with an alternating tempo and steady rhythm is normally used when dancers are performing Barynya. Also, on many occasions, the entertainers can be heard chanting, "Barynya, Barynya, sudarynya-barynya," which translates to landlady, landlady, madam-landlady.

It can prove to be worthwhile for any Philadelphia dance enthusiast to learn about these three styles or watch persons perform them live. They each bring their own unique elements to the table, and they all make for a fun and entertaining experience. So, don't delay any longer. Instead, find a show today and broaden your horizens. See for yourself why so many people enjoy watching traditional Russian folk dance.

Contact Multicultural Arts Exchange to learn more about these and other dances. 

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