Authenticity of Belarusian folk dances
Belarusian authentic folk dances, such as Liavonikha, Polka Janka, Kryzhachok, Bulba, Charot, are the pride of Belarusian culture. For Belarusians it is enough to hear a familiar tune of the pipe, tambourine or garmon (a kind of Russian button accordion), and they unintentionally want to start dancing.
These dances have existed for many centuries. It is known that no ritual, no festival, no holiday was spent without them.
International Festival of Modern Choreography opens in Vitebsk
A party with the quadrille, ballet with rapiers and a play about Akhmatova's love. The International Festival of Modern Choreography kicks off in Vitebsk November 23.
Taking part in the festival are leading dance groups from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, France, Sweden, Norway, China and other countries.
The forum's program includes world hits and high-profile premieres. Among them is the ballet Giselle staged by the famous Ukrainian choreographer Radu Poklitaru.
Belarusian tradition: Christmas game Tsyareshka's Wedding
From the ancient times, Belarusians have the ritual game Tsyareshka's Wedding. Today it is fun, but a couple of centuries ago it was a serious ritual. This game is preserved only in the Lepel region and is held only once a year for the Christmas holidays. It is accompanied by folk songs, dances and tons of humor and positive emotions.
Ballroom dancing: Competitive sport and art
A dance is a mixture of grace and beauty, endurance and physical strength that requires day-to-day hard work. Each element is perfected during by not days but years of hard trainings.
Artem Kozyro and Anastasia Veslova are among the best professional dancers in Belarus. They told the CTV channel team about their dancing routine.
Anastasia Veslova, professional dancing world champion:It is obligatory that we train our physical strength, develop every muscle in our bodies.