Slavic Folk Dances: One Link To Connect All Slavs

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Folk dances are always closely linked to the traditional life of the group of people from one region. So, those dances can be found in every country and every dance is beautiful in each own way.

When it comes to folk dances from the Slavic region, they all look alike, but still each one is pretty different and tells its own story. Here are just some of the beautiful and magical dances you can stumble upon in this region.

Polish Folk Dances

Poland, just like other countries, has several national dances, depending on the region. There are Krakowiak, Kujawiak, Mazurek, Oberek, and Polonaise, and every of them has some variations, but when it comes to movement, they are all joyful and energetic. Some of them have a circle style, but there are also some that are danced in a couple, Kujawiak, for example.

Russian Folk Dances

Russian dances come from several groups of people and their cultures, such as the Tatars and Slavs. Because of that, these dances have diversity in movement and tempo, making them one of the most beautiful folk dances in the world. Dances like Chechotka, Karelian Dance and Komi Dance shows that a diverseness can bring much more beauty in music and dance than we can ever imagine.

Many of those dances in the past were only performed by lower classes, while upper classes would only watch, but now everyone enjoys in them. Costumes are beautifully designed, with wonderful and carefully picked details. That is why all the dances look even more beautiful.

Bulgarian Folk Dances

Bulgarian national dances are usually line dances, where dancers are all in the straight or curved line, holding hands. As for the music goes, Bulgarian music is full of slow and fast beats, so there are many variations when it comes to dancing.

At first, women and men were dancing in separate lines, but nowadays, this tradition is changed. Since Bulgaria has six ethnic regions, each one of them has its own variation of folk dances. Tropanka, Pravo Horo, Lesnoto, Varnensko Horo, and Trite pati are just some of the dances you can stumble upon all over the Bulgaria.

Serbian Folk Dances

Just like other Balkans countries Serbia too has few different dances with many varieties. Each dance represents a different part of this country and they all have elements and details that distinguish them from the other ones.

Almost all of the Serbian folk dances are circle ones, where dancers hold each other’s hand. The most popular are Užičko kolo, Moravac, and Vranjanka, but there are also Kokonješte and Žikino kolo.

Macedonian Folk Dance

The biggest part of Macedonian culture are traditional dances. They carry cultural heritage throughout the centuries and generations and because of that, Macedonian people widely respect and love them. Depending on the region, these dances vary in form and speed, so you can see many different types all across Macedonia.

Just some of the dances, such as Drachevka, Sedenka, Teshkoto, and Osogovka can be seen in every region of Macedonia.

Croatian Folk Dance

LADO is an archaic Slavic word, frequently used as a refrain in old ritual songs of Croatia, a synonym for the word good, kind, lovable. In their work they bring together major Croatian ethno and choreography, music arrangments and folklore atmosphere, while composers and conductors are inspired by the folk music. All this resulted in an impressive choreographic and musical repertoire with more than a hundred different choreographies and several hundred vocal, instrumental and vocal-instrumental numbers. Its repertoire LADO represents Croatian heritage created at the crossroads of cultures, enriched by Mediterranean, Balkan, Pannonian and Alpine area.

Slovak Folk Dance

Most of the Slovak dances had a vocal accompaniment. Otherwise, the most common musical accompaniments were bagpipes, a violin, bass and a flute. The Polish and Hungarian folklore had some influence in certain parts. Slovak folk dances are characterized by temperament and some syntactic freedom. Most dances are danced without holding the partner, in a free position next to him, with hands on the side.

Every country has its own culture and traditions that distinguish it from other ones, but still when they all placed in one area, there is always one link that connects every country. In the Slavic region, that magical link are the folk dances. Yeah, they all are a bit different, but when it comes to an end, all Slavic dances are very much alike. So, if we come to a situation that we all have to dance one big dance, we would do it without a problem.

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