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The Ukraine capital presented the third annual performance Dances of the World. The audience was jam-packed and excited as ever to see the outstanding Ukrainian dancers and choreographers present their elements of dance in a splendid live presentation. Unique costumes, drums, finger chimes, and distinctive dance styles created a fusion of passion and culture, which represented traditional dances from Afghanistan, countries of Africa, The United States, Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Korea, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, and that’s just to name a few.

Kyiv, February 8, 2012. The audience was jam-packed and excited as ever to see the outstanding Ukrainian dancers and choreographers present their elements of dance in a splendid live Dances of the World presentation; this is the third time Kyiv hosts this event. Unique costumes, drums, finger chimes, and distinctive dance styles created a fusion of passion and culture, which represented traditional dances from Afghanistan, countries of Africa, Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Korea, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, The United States and that’s just to name a few.

Many believe the legacy of our world is preserved in dance and music, which is vital knowledge to pass on to future generations. Learning the techniques of a particular dance opens up a new understanding and perspective for its learners and viewers. “Today we will be observing 19 different dances. We tried to select the most spectacular dance groups and the most dynamic performances. This is so we can demonstrate to our spectators that dance is always developing and that practically every style of dance can be found in any part of this world,” said Ihor Bakayev.

By producing and presenting a live performance of global dances, we honor them. Our world’s dances carry a great wisdom. Most of the time, dances display meanings connected to ways of life such as: celebration, food, language, and sometimes no special reason at all. Often, you will see elements of dance that share similar styles, although coming from different parts of the globe. Nonetheless, they speak the language of its derivative culture through movement and rhythm. “I started off dancing jazz. Then I moved to the U.S. where I met African teachers who taught me African dance. It turned out that my background in jazz was very helpful when learning African dance, because jazz comes from African music,” said a dancer from the Godopata School of Ethnic Percussion and African Dances.

Dance is a means of learning more than just the techniques involved. Dance provides a way of learning communication skills, becoming in-tune with one’s creativity, as well as developing problem solving abilities. Cultural dances teach learners a specific type of passion: a yearning to acquire knowledge, not only of the culture itself, but of the stories they tell. “The performer is trying to deliver features of the specific dance, in order to display the brightness, and the character of that culture it comes from,” said Ihor Bakayev.

Furthermore, dances generate hypnotism and send the body into a trance. As humans, we are the perfect machines for dance – we hear a beat to a song, start feeling the rhythm work its way through our body, next thing we know, we are completely lost and absorbed in the moment. The human movement generated from understanding, feelings, sensing, and emotions, etc. becomes the medium of dance. “At this point we cannot afford native performers that would be able to demonstrate their national dances. However, the choreographers here tonight, are dedicated to their specific cultural dances. Sometimes you will see a dancer or choreographer who is even better than professional national dance groups. For technique is one thing, but when you inject your soul and feelings into dance, you will see how dynamic, rhythmic, and amazing the energy can be,” said Ihor Bakayev.

 

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