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249.EDO / Benin / Nigeria

EDO is a traditional dance from Edo people from Nigeria and Benin. Edo land is as famous for its richness in songs and dances. According to myths there are two hundred and one Edo dances, with some being thousands of years old. Some of the new ones lost popularity very fast, but the old ones, which are indigenous to the culture, have survived in spite of the sweep of Western influence. A great number of them reflect the social and political experiences of the people, as they demonstrate their elegance and artistry. Some are religious, in few royal, and others social, each suited to its purpose. Ugho is the most danced Edo dance. It shows the temperament and the elegance of the Edo woman. Women take to the floor, while the men play the drums

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250.Efundula / Angola

Efundula is the biggest party of girls at puberty and circumcision among the Lunda tchokwe in Angola with a big drumming designated txissela. During this celebration the rule is the greater freedom between the men and females. The current dance evokes quite known prehistoric painting figuring women ritually dancing around a satyr, which represents the manifestation of the cult of fertility.

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251.EGUNGUN / Nigeria / Benin / Togo

EGUNGUN is a unique cultural tradition practiced by the Yoruba of West Africa (Nigeria, Benin, Togo) and their descendants in the African Diaspora, particularly in Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and the United States. It is a visible manifestation of the spirits of departed ancestors who periodically revisit the human community for remembrance, celebration, and blessings. Spirits constantly bless, protect, warn, and punish their earthly relatives depending on how their relatives neglect or honour them. The appearance of Egungun in a community is invariably accompanied by pomp and pageantry, drumming and dancing, singing and celebration. The ensuing festival goes on for several days and strengthens the bonds that unite families and communities with departed ancestors. The costumes are constructed of disparate fabrics, both locally woven and industrially manufactured, in addition to metal, beads, leather, bones, and potent empowering materials.

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252.EKitaguriro DANCE / Uganda

EKitaguriro DANCE also called COW DANCE comes from the Ankole region. It is an old dance for both men and women. It is occasionally performed to demonstrate the love of the Ankole people for their cattle “their best friends”. This cattle breed has very long horns so making the dance aerial. They depend on its products in all aspects of life. This dance depicts movements made by these beautiful long horned cattle and sing to imitate the sounds made by these cows. The energetic stamping movements of the men in this dance are similar to the walking movements of a cow, and the hands of the women just demonstrate the long beautiful horns of the cow.

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253.Electric Boogie / Global

Electric Boogie is a funk style of hip hop dance closely related to popping. It became the signature style of the dance group started in the 1970s, the Electric Boogaloos. It is characterised as a fluid leg-oriented style danced to funk music, utilising rolls of the hips, knees, legs, and head, which was later combined with popping. Characteristic moves are called: crazy legs, fresno, neck-o-flex, old man, twist-o-flex and walk-out.

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254.Eleggua dance / Cuba

Eleggua dance is one of the Orisha dances. Eleggua is the trickster deity, a child, very playful one. Eleggua also exists in the form of a wise old man. He is omniscient, everywhere at once. Eleggua is one of the most powerful and important deities within the Yoruba pantheon, known as the god of roads and the god of fate. In a dance context, Eleggua is unique because he seemingly has “no rules”. Keys to Eleggua’s dance is the garabato he holds. The garabato is a weeding tool and one of Eleggua’s signature props.

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255.El torito / Guatemala

El torito is a folk dance from Guatemala and other Central American countries.

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256.Entogoro / Uganda

Entogoro is danced by Batooro of western Uganda. The dance takes its name from the pod rattles (locally known as “ebinyege”) that the boys tie on their legs to make different rhythms as they dance.The dance is both ceremonial and cultural and it is mainly performed by the youth from this tribe when it is time to choose their partners.

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257.Erik Dalı / Turkey

Erik Dalı is a dance from Ankara, the Central Anatolia

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258.Eskiska / Ethiopia

Eskiska is a traditional Ethiopian dance performed by both men and women. The dance focuses on rolling the shoulder blades, bouncing the shoulders, and contracting the chest. It is one of the most complex traditional dance forms in Ethiopia due to its technical nature. Eskista is well known among the various tribes in central and northern Ethiopia, one of them the Amhara. It is believed that the dance mimics the shaking of a snake’s tail.

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259.Estonian Folk Dance / Estonia

Estonian Folk Dance is considered to be collective, peaceful and dignified. There are no big leaps or fast and varied movements, and acrobatic elements are uncommon. It can be best characterised as a series of repeated motifs and simple patterns of movement. Repetitive motifs are actually characteristic of all Estonian folk art - they can be found in folk poems, ornamentation on belts, woodwork , etc. Old Estonians thought that dancing had a powerful and magical influence on the surrounding world. Dance was an inseparable component of festivities. Estonian folk dance consists of simple steps in a circle or in a line. A lead dancer or a pair of lead dancers would show the others the direction of steps or the sequence to be followed. Typical Estonian folk dance is Labajalavalss.