Dance like Karelian
Discover Karelian culture throught the dance
Did you know that studying history and culture can be very joyful and funny?!
Last week our students visited a rehearsal of Karelian folk music ensemble “Karjala”. Ensemble “Karjala” was founded in 1961 and their members and the head , very cheerful and welcoming man – Andrey Anisimov, have a lot of interesting stories and knowledge to share. We had a lucky chance to dive into a working atmosphere and become a part of the team. The ensembles repertoire includes a countless amount of old Karelian, Veps, Finno-Ugrians dances, songs and plays.
Before the rehearsal we were a little bit nervous as we were not professional dancers or even dancers at all. What to do? How to move? How to escape an epic fail? But as it turned out there was no reason to be anxious. All that you need is to trust your partner, be in a good mood and listen to the merry rhythms of the accordion. By the way a real accordion player (“Kizhi” museum assistant) played for us that evening.
We danced several rapid traditional karelian dances , tried village waltz, danced in pairs, danced solo and all together. But most of all our students enjoyed playing games like “Ladushki”. You clap each others’ hands and change partners whirling in a dance. In origin this game had a secret meaning – to take a look at partners’ hands and chose the best spouse. If a girl was a needlewoman her fingers had traces of needle, and if a boy was hardworking his hands had traces of scabs.
In the end we were totally exhausted and happy. Such a great emotional recharge! We got a couple of very interesting stories about Karelian culture and only positive emotions!
Enjoy our Russian language courses and discover Karelian culture together with us! Positive emotions are guaranteed.