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Lezginka Dance

Lezginka Dance

The Lezginka dance is a traditional folk dance of the peoples of the Caucasus Mountains.

The Lezginka, also spelled Lezghinka, is the Russian-language collective name for the traditional folk dances, as well as musical accompaniment to the dances, originating in the Caucasus Mountains (present-day countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia). The Lezginka is characterized by musical accompaniment in the rhythm of 6/8 and is performed in a fast, energetic pace. The Lezginka can be either a male solo dance, often with a sword, or a couples dance, and is traditionally performed in national costumes and accompanied by a musical ensemble.

Traditionally, the movements of the Lezginka imitate those of a warrior in battle. The dance contains a series of complex steps and each subsequent movement represents an additional element of battle. When the dance is performed in pairs, couples do not touch. The man, imitating the movements of an eagle, performs a series of fast, intricate, and challenging steps while the the woman dances quietly in forms imitating a swan as she regards the man’s display. The woman increases the pace of her dance as the pace of the man increases. Each national or ethnolinguistic group within the Caucasus region has a traditional variation of the Lezginka dance, named for the groups that perform them, including the Azerbaijani, Abkhaz, Avar, Talysh, Adyghe, Armenian, Georgian, Dargin, Ingush, Kabardian-Circassian, Karachay-Balkar, Kumyk, Lak, Lezghin, Ossetian, and Chechen variations.

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Further reading

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What is lezginka, the history of lezginka

What is lezginka, the history of lezginka

Soundtimes.ru | What is the Lezginka?

Что такое лезгинка, история лезгинки

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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The Adyghe variant of the Islamei Lezginka folk dance performed by the soloists of the Shapsugiya Ensemble.

Шапсыгъ - Ислъамый / Шапсугия - Исламей / Shapsughia - Islamey

September 1, 2007

The Avar version of the Lezginka dance "Kurdi" performed by the Avars.

May 13, 2021

The Chechen version of the lezginka folk dance lovzarg performed by the soloists of the Vainakh ensemble under the direction of Dikalu Muzakaev .

May 13, 2021

The Georgian version of lezginka dance performed by the Sukhishvili-Ramishvili ensemble.

May 13, 2021

The Kabardian version of the lezginka Islamei folk dance performed by the soloists of the Kabardinka ensemble.

May 13, 2021

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