Ukraine is on our hearts as the Ukrainians defend their country against Russian aggression.
Let’s celebrate their culture. Ukraine has a vibrant folk dance tradition.
Several of these videos were made when the Tucson International Folk Dancers performed at the 2019 Phoenix International Folk Dance Festival.
Bandura Kozachok. Bandura is a stringed instrument; Kozachok is a Cossack dance. It seems this dance is telling a story. A flirtation is attempted, and is not having the desired effect. But all’s well that ends well:
Donetskii Kozachok is a cute mixer:
Honei Viter means “whirlwind”:
Hopak Trio is a dance usually done in couples, which has been adapted here for trios. This performance includes a couple of surprises:
Hutsulka means “girl from Hultsulshina”:
There are a number of variations of Khorovod, which is customarily a women’s dance. This one is a couples’ dance, usually done only at weddings:
Kolomeyka W Dwi Pari:
Oj Maju Maju:
Oj na hori stoit khata (A house stands on the hill):
I found all of these wonderful dances on Folk Dance Musings. You can find the instructions there too.