Armenian dance

Traditional Armenian Dance
Traditional Armenian Dance
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The Armenian dance (Armenian: Հայկական պար) heritage has been considered one of the oldest and most varied in its respective region. From the fifth to the third millennia B.C., in the higher regions of Armenia, the land of Ararat, there are rock paintings of scenes of country dancing. These dances were probably accompanied by certain kinds of songs or musical instruments. In the fifth century Moses of Khoren (Movsés Khorenats'i) himself had heard of how the old descendants of Aram (that is Armenians) make mention of these things (epic tales) in the ballads for the lyre and their songs and dances.

Traditional dancing is still popular among expatriate Armenians, and has also been very successfully `exported' to international folk dance groups and circle dance groups all over the world. All dancers wear the traditional costume to embody the history of their culture and tell their ancestors stories. The design of these costumes are influenced by many factors, such as religious traditions, family methods, and practicality. The traditional coloring and exquisite beading of the costumes ties the dance and the tradition together. The beautiful movements of the Armenian cultural dance are adored by all audience around the world.[1]

Religious dancing

The origin of religious dancing is ancient, an expression of the inner feelings of those who participated in such performances. It is of interest to note that dance never occurred alone, but was always accompanied with song, clapping of hands, and musical instruments. As with music, so too the dance expressed a person’s internal spiritual emotions and personal disposition. By its very movements dance is able to bring out and make known a person’s grief and joy.[2]

Folk dances

Regional dances

See also


  1. Gary Lind-Sinanian - ALMA
  2. "The Shepherd and His Flock"—By Rev. Zenob Nalbandian
  3. Младенова Т.В. (2010 №177). "Музыкально-исторический процесс в Крыму конца ХIХ начала ХХ столетия" (PDF). Научный журнал «Культура народов Причерноморья». Retrieved 2012-12-25. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. Николай Иосифович Эльяш Балет народов СССР. — Знание, 1977. — p. 59. — 166 pp.

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