KAMARINSKAYA DANCE – RUSSIA
Performed on a “quick musical tune” is a “Eurasian” dance form known as Kamarinskaya. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from Russia in response to a musical tune created by a Russian composer known as Mikhail Glinka in the year 1848. Furthermore, it was in the 19th century only that this dance was eventually created in accordance to the music created by Glinka. In addition, the costume used by performers in this dance is usually extremely colourful.
a. History/origin of Kamarinskaya:
It was in 1848 that a Russian musician composed a tune that was named “Kamarinskaya”, which was based on two themes. Those themes included:
- A slow bridal song called “Iz-za- gor” and
- A title song called “nagriish” which basically is a “rapid dance tune”.
It was to this tune then that a dance style was then developed during the 19th century.
b. Costumes used in the Kamarinskaya:
“Extremely colourful costumes” are worn by the performers (both males and females) in this dance style.
c. Music involved in the Kamarinskaya:
The musical instruments mainly used in this dance form include a fiddle, a balalaika, and a concertina.
d. Training availability and technique involved in the Kamarinskaya:
In terms of technique, this dance basically involves moves such as hops, heel brush steps, knee bend, and prisyadka i.e. a squat position. As for training schools/centres, there are none available around the world since this “folk” dance is mainly performed in Russia.
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