TROIKA DANCE – RUSSIA

TROIKA DANCE, RUSSIA

Troika or “Trojka” means “THE TRIO”. One man dancing with two women” is the ideal way to describe the Troika Dance, a “Eurasian” folk dance form. This “partner” dance is said to have originated from Russia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Israel, and is considered to be historically significant. Apart from being performed in group this dance is also known for the use of “horse like steps”. The rhythm to which this dance is usually performed may vary from fast to slow. A dance similar to the “Troika” can also be seen in the Cajun as well as in the Slavic culture.

a. History/origin of the Troika:

This folk dance of Russia was essentially created by imitating the “movements seen in a horse”. In addition, it also involves the use of three performers, and hence has been aptly named “Troika” which in Russian means “three horses”.

b. Costumes used in the Troika:

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

1. For women:

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

2. For men:

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 Troika:

The music used in this dance style basically alternates between a slow and a fast rhythm.

d. Training availability and technique involved in the Troika:

In terms of technique, this dance basically involves the performer jumping from one foot to another, and thereby moving quickly from one spot to another. In addition, this basic step basically resembles the “movements seen in a horse”. As for training centres/schools, there are very few available around the world since this ‘folk dance’ is mainly performed in Russia and bordering countries like the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

e. Some Russian Troika Dance Videos:

Troika Dance at Russian Pancake Festival 2014

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