Uzbek Dance from Khoresm
Uzbekistan is a former Soviet republic, which is now an independent state. Strategically located on the Silk Route, the khanates of Samarkand, Bokhara and Khiva were the cultural centers of the world, while Europe still lay in the "darkness" of the Middle Ages. Avicenna, the father of modern medicine, came from Uzbekistan. There are three main styles of Uzbek dance. In this workshop we will learn the livelily dance from Khorezem, the region of the city of Khiva south of the Aral Sea. This region is famous among other things because the Uzbek scholar Al-Khorezmi (from Khorezem) for whom the mathematical term "Algorism" is named, came from here. We will learn the dance Lyazgi with its characteristic fluttery hand movements and dance figures, which resemble the movements of birds and animals.