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Published on Nov 2, 2010
The performance is of Four Folk Dances from Armenia and Russia. The first two dances - Sepastia Bar and Ambi Dagitz - are from Armenia which is known for its "talking hands" and lyrical music. The two following dances - Ya da Kalinushka Lomala and Moy Muzhenka - show the gliding step and character of traditional Russian dance. Our dancers have travelled from different groups and classes all over the country to perform today, and they are a representative sample of the Society for International Folk Dancing (SIFD). Any SIFD dancer who was prepared to put in the time for rehearsal and travel was invited to take part today. Our colourful variety of authentic costumes - which are either Russian or Armenian - are from different regions of these two countries.
The SIFD (http://www.sifd.org) was founded in 1946 as a non-political, non sectarian body to promote and teach the folk dances of all nations, and to demonstrate the enjoyment that their performance can give. It encourages the knowledge and practice of, and research into folk dance, folk costume and music by means of classes, DVDs, CDs, instruction books and residential courses. The many classes and groups throughout the U.K. also provide an enjoyable source of recreational dance for all ages and abilities, with all the attendant benefits to health and well-being.
The SIFD producer and choreographer was Janet Douglas of the Bognor Regis International Dance Ensemble (http://www.interfolk.co.uk) . The video was supplied by Marco Gmys.