LOVZAR DANCE – RUSSIA

Created for “children” is a “Eurasian” dance form known as Lovzar which means “fun” in the Chechen language. This “children’s dance” is said to have originated from a city called Grozny in Russia. Apparently, this dance was first created in 1983 in the “Republican Pioneer’s Palace”. However, it was in 1994 due to the outbreak of the “First Chechen War” that this dance form was officially disbanded. Furthermore, this dance style was once again brought into the public domain in 1995 by a group belonging to the city of Nalchik. In addition, the renowned Chechen pop singer Makka Sagaipova is a key member of this group.

a. History/origin of the Lovzar:

This dance which means “fun” in the Chechen language was first created in the “Republican Pioneer’s Palace” located in the city of Grozny in Russia. Furthermore, it was basically developed as a dance for children, and hence has quite aptly earned the sobriquet “Children’s dance”.

b. Costumes used in the Lovzar:

The costumes used by the performers vary according to their gender and they include:

1. For females:

The attire worn includes a flowing colourful gown, a headgear that covers the head, and a pair of shoes.

2. For males:

The attire worn includes a black coat, a traditional Russian hat called “Ushanka”, and pair of shoes.

c. Music involved in the Lovzar:

“Traditional Chechen musical instruments” are basically used in this dance style. They include:

1. Phondar:

Basically comprises of wooden casing to which three strings are attached. Furthermore, it is considered to be the oldest instrument to be used in Chechnya.

2. Reed Pipe:

This instrument is made from a “reed stalk”. Furthermore, this stalk comprises of burnt small holes.

3. Chondarg:

This instrument is similar to the fiddle.

d. Training availability and technique involved in the Lovzar:

As for the technique, this dance style involves the performers (both male and female) swaying to the rhythm of the music while positioning themselves apart from one and another. In addition, while performing the dancers frequently make use of their hands as well. As for training centres/schools, there are none available around the world since this “children’s dance” mainly performed in the Chechnya region in Russia.

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