folk dance festival

Estonian folk dance tradition

Estonian dance traditions have mostly survived to this day thanks to the actions of Jakob Hurt, who in 1888 released a call for the Estonians to start collecting and writing down their traditions. And today, Estonia has one of the biggest written-down collection of original dances.

The dance culture has mostly been influenced by our neighbours Russians and Latvians, especially in Seto- and Võromaa by the borders. The Northen Estonia shares some dances with Finns and the Swedish.

Back in the day, dance nights called Simman, were the best place for teenagers to hang out and have a good time, so the parties were mainly for the youth. What differs Estonian dance traditions from many other European countries is that it was most common to dance in pairs on a circle, like in this suite of polkas. 

A good example of Slavic influences in dance is Kadrel that originates from Setomaa.

Newer dances that are only around 150-200 years old are notably more complicated than the old dances that might have only been based around one step and it’s variations (Labajalg was one of the more popular ones). On of these kinds of dances is Kangakudumine, that tells the story of weaving and is accompanied with a song.

A separate category of dances were so called “joke dances” that usually mocked or imitated what old Estonians found weird, like Juudipolka (a Jew’s Polka, doesn’t actually have anything to do with the Jewish people) that made fun of marriage or Kirburaputamine that imitates “shaking off the fleas”.

Today the biggest celebration of Estonian Folk Dance is the Dance Festival Tantsupidu that is held in Tallinn every 2 or 3 years. while most of the dances are slightly changed to fit onto the big stadium, Oige ja Vasemba (Right and Left) is a traditional dance that finishes every Youth Festival. Annual festivals for traditonal dance include Sabatants and also Viljandi Folk, however small workshops and dance nights are held almost weekly in Tallinn and Tartu.

Conquest characters and dances

Kamui: Was too unruly as a child to learn ballroom dances, but enjoys when Jakob teaches her the zouk;

Azura: Is a quick learner and, although prefers to dance alone, her favorite paired style is the bolero;

Felicia: Is forbidden to try any kind of dance inside Castle Krakenburg;

Jakob: Knows all about ballroom dances, and although would rather not dance, the one he enjoys the most is the zouk (he’s rather proud of his shakey hips)

Mozu: Can’t put one feet before the other in “fancy” dances, but she was the best at her village’s folk dance;

Silas: Since he’s of noble birth, he learned ballroom dances, but enjoys tap dance more;

Xander: Knows most of all kinds of waltz and some tango, but don’t ask him to shake his hips, they’re as stiff as his shoulders;

Camilla: Was taught all ballroom dances, but her favorite is tango;

Leo: He struggles with the ballroom dances and secretly practices in the dead of the night;

Elise: Knows she has to practice for ballroom dances, but loves the kalinka dance too much;

Laslow: Is a quick learner in all manner of dances, but his favorite is the sword dance in honor of his mother;

Peri: Doesn’t like being told what to dance, but enjoys playing kalinka with Elise;

Selena: Hasn’t learned much ballroom, but is a quick learner. Her favorite is Ylisse’s festival folk dance;

Beruka: Never danced before and is only willing to challenge herself to learn if it’s her spouse who asks;

Odin: In Modern AU, certainly Hip-Hop; Canon setting he generally has two left feet, but excels at the Ylissean folk dance;

Niles: Generally wouldn’t put himself in a dancefloor, but surprises everyone by excelling at the salsa;

Effie: The last man brave enough to ask her in a dance still hasn’t recovered from his injuries;

Arthur: Still hasn’t recovered from his injuries;

Nyx: Would rather not bother herself with dancing, however, if her spouse asks, she might abide to dancing a slow waltz;

Charlotte:  Excels at both salsa and zouk; would try pole-dancing if given the chance;

Benny: Someone saw him doing a kecak trance dance alongside some bears and started a rumor about how bears would try to rule the world;

Keaton: Has two left feet even during his own tribe’s folk dancing;

Flora: Learned the zouk to impress someone, but is too embarrassed to dance it; Likes bolero;

Gunter: He was quite good at the waltz in his prime, still has a bit of it left.

anonymous asked:

SJWs are so fucking oblivious to the world. In my personal experience, people in foreign countries generally LOVE when an outsider is willing to learn their culture. I live in Japan now and am white as fuck but I've literally been pulled into a large folk dance at a festival and I've been put into a yukata and encouraged to wear it to another festival. People here give me their food to try and have done nothing but encourage me. Even to try their religious practices just for the experience.