About Dance – Ossetian Folk Dance

The Simd is a graceful Ossetian folk dance that was popular among young people who were traditionally forbidden to meet alone or talk to each other. They were however, allowed to dance together in a formal way, without bodily contact. Long-sleeved “chokhas” for the men and long-sleeved dresses for the women enforced a no-touching rule.

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble "Yarn" performing a Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble “Yarn” performing a Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Simd dance is performed in straight lines (representing infinity) and also in a circle (representing the sun). The dance begins at a smooth, moderate pace, but gradually accelerates.

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble "Yarn" performing a Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble “Yarn” performing a Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

Simd is not the name of one particular dance. It is derived from the verb simyn, which means “mass dance”. A Simd dance can involve up to 200 people.

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble "Yarn" performing a Tymbyl Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble “Yarn” performing a Tymbyl Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

There are several varieties of Simd: Mymbyl Simd (performed in a circle), Narton Simd is danced in two lines and Tymbyl Simd is a dance with partners.

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble "Yarn" performing a Tymbyl Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble “Yarn” performing a Tymbyl Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble "Yarn" performing a Tymbyl Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble “Yarn” performing a Tymbyl Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble "Yarn" performing a Narton Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble “Yarn” performing a Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Khonga or Invitation Dance is a graceful dance where a young man declares his love for a young woman. The man dances en pointe, with all body weight supported by the tips of the feet and does not take his eyes off of the woman.

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble "Yarn" performing the Invitation Dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble “Yarn” performing the Invitation Dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble "Yarn" performing the Invitation Dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble “Yarn” performing the Invitation Dance at Tbilisoba 2014

Photos courtesy of The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble “Yarn” (ოსეთის სიმღერისა და ცეკვის სახელმწიფო ანსამბლი ნართები). Memento Photographer.

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