April 30, 2021 11:37 (UTC + 04: 00)
By Laman Ismayilova
The Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation (AGF) shared a video dedicated to International Dance Day, celebrated on April 29.
The video features two-time World Junior Championship medalist Arzu Jalilova, who fascinates viewers with her flexibility.
International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, initiated by the Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute (ITI), UNESCO’s leading performing arts partner.
The celebration takes place every year on April 29, anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727–1810), creator of modern ballet.
The day strives to encourage participation and education in dance through events and festivals held on this date around the world. UNESCO officially recognizes ITI as the creators and organizers of the event.
Since the beginning of the Middle Ages, various kinds of dances began to form in Azerbaijan.
Vagzali, gangi, yalli, terekeme, nalbeki are among the popular dances of the country.
Vagzali is performed when the bride is seen from her family’s house to the groom’s house and her departure is reflected in this dance.
Yalli is a very old and traditional dance in Azerbaijan. At first it was performed in the form of a traditional celebration of fire, which was a source of heat, light and hot food. In this traditional celebration, the dancers worship the fire like a goddess. This dance is performed by a group of people and in ancient times, whoever did not dance properly was fined from the conductor who made him sing a song or dance another dance.
Terekeme is a dance of the members of the tribe. Those who dance stretch out their arms and walk forward with their heads held high. This dance is filled with feelings of freedom and expansion. Both men and women perform it.
Nalbeki (saucer) is a dance performed only by women, during the dance saucers are used.
The first professional dance group in Azerbaijan was established in 1938 on the basis of amateur performances. The ensemble has performed with a diverse repertoire, consisting of ancient and modern folk dances.
Today, traditional dances are still performed by the Azerbaijani people.
Now they are widely taught and performed across the country and abroad.
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