Feb 11, 2010

Russian Army Dance

Dance has long had an association with martial arts.  Examples of martial inspired dance include the Māori Haka, Malay Silat Pulut, Chinese Lion Dance and even the Indian Bharatanatyam.

In some of these traditions, dance forms are taught at the beginner's level to provide students with a foundation in body dynamics, while combat applications are covered only at advanced levels of training.

Over time some of these dance forms split from their martial origins and evolve into pure dance forms. Showcased here is an exhilarating Cossack dance which maintains a distinct martial flavor.

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