DANCES - KARS

Kars, located in Eastern Anatolia near the Armenian and Georgian borders. Its dances are very similar to all of the Cossack dances that are performed throughout the greater Caucasus.

The dances of the Caucasus generally are characterized by beautiful hand and arm movements and often by tiny gliding steps, which, under a floor-length skirt, evoke the illusion that the dancer is floating over the floor. These traditional dances -- sometimes melancholy, sometimes fiery -- are always lyrical and graceful, full of eye contact and smiles and express the natural pride of Caucasian women.