I’d Rather be Dancing Russian Folk Dances

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Who doesn’t love the mournful tones of Russian folk music? And who can sit still while the music is playing? Here are ten Russian dances that are among the Phoenix International Folk Dancers repertoire.

Devichya Khorovodnaya:

Katje:

Sasha is often taught to children. You have to know a few words of Russian. Sasha is a nickname for Alexander or Alexandra. Ras, dva, tri is one, two, three. Da svidaniya is goodbye.

Lugovon’ka:

Korobushka:

Troika is a dance that requires a lot of energy. The word means three and refers to a team of three horses pulling a sleigh:

Zimushka:

Dorozhka is based on Cossack dance steps and is very challenging:

Ya da kalinushku lomala:

Bielolitza Kruglolitza can tie you up in knots:

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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