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National Dances

Uzbek national dances let to more deeply understand the people feel their character, desires, aspirations. Uzbek dance is distinguished by smoothness, grace and most importantly by colorful costumes.

The dancers spin in the dance like whipping-tops, hover in the air and freeze in deep hogs. Then, modestly bowing they fall to their knees and gently wave their hands. Their dance can impress everyone. In old times the dancers of Bukhara became so popular that they were invited to perform in the palaces of the Chinese emperors.

National dances of Uzbekistan which have survived today include two forms: traditional classical dances and folklore or folk dances. In classical dance three schools can be distinguished: the Ferghana school “Katta uyin”, the Bukhara school “Dance of the Makom” and the Khorezmian school “Ufori Makoma.”

There is a huge number of folk dances and depending on the region they are quite different from each other.

Traditional dances, as a rule, show some story or event but do not serve for the expression of dancers themselves. Their wide repertoire emphasizes the clarity and importance of dance for the culture of the country.

Uzbek dancers must be flexible and very precise in their movements since the movement of each part of the body including the fingers and eyebrows makes motive bringing more accurate. Consequently expression is just as important as the technical performance of steps in Uzbek dance.