Armenian dances - a kind of expression of the national character.The roots of the national choreography are in ancient times, when the inhabitants Hayastana worshiped pagan gods.Many of the movement and to this day preserved ancient ritual and religious significance.The researchers concluded that the original Armenian dances were divided into ritual, religious and domestic.For example, hunters often imitated the movement of animals.Incidentally, the famous Armenian dance kochari was originally an imitation of animals jumping on the cliff top.He is accompanied by playing the dhol and zurna.This temperamental men's dance, which consists of fast and slow parts.Distributed almost throughout Armenia.Also included in many of the classic works of choreography.Translated "kochari" means "a brave man."It is often performed before battle to "warm up" and boost morale.
Armenian dances are not only hunting, but militant.As an example, can lead Byrd.The word itself means "fortress".This dance is probably originate
ancient dance yarhushta also applies to the fighting.He performed both before and after battles.Two soldiers in full armor and fought in dance attire.These fights were, so to speak, "not real", wearing a ritual character and training.
Armenian dances are very diverse.They include, among others, can be identified pastoral, children, comic, work, parody.These species differ in temperament and folk humor.Often Armenian dances accompanied by the usual steps like making bread or wine.Some of them are associated with felting, making dough and other household processes.
Armenian dances can be divided into male and female.The stronger sex agile, energetic dance to.Women's movements more graceful, delicate and smooth.Armenian folk dances can be in a group, singles or doubles performance.In each of these cases is its own specific movements.
One should not forget about the Armenian dance outfits.They are heterogeneous and have serious territorial differences.For example, a dancer from Karabakh dressed differently than of Yerevan.The colors of clothes have a certain meaning.For example, white represents purity, red - courage, blue - justice.
Unfortunately, not all the masterpieces of folk choreography Hayastana survived.Enormous damage the cultural and historical heritage of the nation caused the genocide of 1915, hosted by the Turkish authorities, as well as centuries of oppression and the yoke of the Ottoman Empire.However, the number of Armenian dance that came to our days, is truly impressive.Moreover, thanks to the Diaspora (scattering in the diaspora), they were known almost all over the world.