Gorani (Armenia)


Introduced to the US by Tineke Van Geel, who learned it from Artushat Karapetian. The melody of this dance will be familiar to many North American dancers as being the same as the melody for the dance Daronee. In fact at an abstract enough level, it becomes clear that Daronee is a stage version of this dance. The dance is from Daron, in eastern Anatolia. It is thought that the name refers to Khor the ancient God of war, and the dance is danced at times of sorrow or mourning. A different dance by this name was taught by Tom Bozigian. Dance notes..

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