Traditionally performed mainly by “females” is a South Caucasus region dance form known as Mirzayi. This “folk” dance is supposed to have originated from Azerbaijan. Furthermore, this dance as of today can also be performed by males. In addition, it is mainly performed during marriages, and is commonly referred to as “Vagzaly”.

A. History/origin of the Mirzayi:

There is no information available related to the history/origin of this dance form that has originated from Azerbaijan.

B. Costumes used in the Mirzayi:

Traditional Azerbaijani costumes are used by the male and female performers respectively. They are as follows:

1. For males:

The attire worn includes a colourful long jacket, a trouser, and pair of shoes.

2. For females:

The attire worn includes a colourful dress that includes a skirt, a colourful overcoat, and an elaborate headgear.

C. Music involved in the Mirzayi:

Traditional Azerbaijani musical instruments such as tar i.e. a skin faced lute, a kamancha i.e. a skin faced spike fiddle, the saz i.e. a long lute, tutek i.e. whistle flute, daf i.e. frame drum etc are used in this dance style.

D. Training availability and technique involved in the Mirzayi:

In terms of technique, the performers (males and females) initially arrange themselves in two separate circles. Furthermore, the performers then move around the circle to the moderately fast rhythm of the accompanying music. In addition, a female performer while dancing holds a bunch of flowers in her hand. As the dance progresses further the female performer also holds a glass of wine in her hand. With regards to training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “folk” dance is mainly performed in Azerbaijan.

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