BARYNYA DANCE – RUSSIA

BARYNYA DANCE, RUSSIA

Created and developed in “Eurasia” is a dance form known as Barynya. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from Russia, and is known for its extremely “energetic” moves. In addition, this dance also involves the use of “chastushkas” i.e. a rhyming poem. Furthermore, the content of the poem used while performing this dance comprises of a healthy dose of humour, and may also include the use of vulgar language. This dance also possesses several modified versions that have evolved over the years.

a. History/origin of the Barynya:

The term used to describe this dance “Barynya” literally when translated means “landlady”. Furthermore, it was basically to appeal to the sensibilities of women belonging to a higher class in the Russian society that this dance was created and developed. In addition, such is the popularity of this dance in the Russian culture that it was used in the classic Hollywood musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.

b. Costumes used in the Barynya:

Since this dance involves both males and females, the costumes used vary accordingly. They are as follows:

1. For females:

The attire worn includes a Russian sarafan dress along with a beautifully embroidered blouse and a traditional Russian headgear called “Kokoshnik”.

2. For males:

The attire worn includes a “Kosovorotka” shirt with a belt, a narrow trouser, and a pair of boots possessing high heels.

c. Music involved in the Barynya:

The music used for this “Russian folk dance” includes a “steady rhythm and alternating tempo”. In addition, apart from the music, this dance also involves the use of rhyming poetry called “chastushkas”. Furthermore, chastushkas usually consist of humorous content and may even sound vulgar.

d. Training availability and the technique involved in the Barynya:

In terms of technique, this dance style does not involve complex choreography, and mainly includes foot stomping and traditional Russian knee bending. As for training centres/schools, there are none available around the world since this “folk” dance is essentially performed mainly in Russia.

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