435.Kaâda / Morocco
Kaâda is a type of Moroccan tap dance, mostly performed by men, but not exclusively, where a band makes music, and the dancer taps in a back and forth “conversation” with the musicians.
436.Kacchi Ghodi / India
Kacchi Ghodi is an Indian dance that originated in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. It has since been adopted and performed throughout the rest of the country. Dancers wear novelty horse costumes, and participate in mock fights, while a singer narrates folk tales about local bandits. It is commonly performed during wedding ceremonies to welcome and entertain the bridegroom’s party, and during other social settings.
437.Kadodi DANCE / Uganda
Kadodi DANCE is a Gisu traditional freestyle dance from Uganda, typically an accompaniment of the Gisu male circumcision initiation ceremony, the Imbalu. Its beat sends pulsating waves through all that encounter its rhythm leaving none the same. The dance is not intimidating and is largely participatory, with the audience free-styling as the beat leads them! In a country where hundreds of cultures abound, Kadodi stands unchallenged and continues to conquer hearts wherever it is introduced.
438.Kad tie zeni prūšos gājā / Latvia
Kad tie zeni prūšos gājā (“When those men to Prussia went”) is an ornamentally dramatic Latvian dance, for the middle-aged dance groups. The idea is to break a misunderstood "wild sea wolf", distrust when they are away from home. The sailor remains faithful to proven values - his wife. The dance follows folk songs’ texts with its inside dramaturgy. It is danced energetically and with humour.
439.Kafkas / Turkey
Kafkas is dance from the Northeastern part of Turkey. It is characterised by the increasing speed and difficulty of the music and dance. It portrays the society's beliefs and customs such as holidays, prayers, funerals and other aspects of life in times of love, peace, honour, jealousy and bravery. The music and instruments of the area bring to life the dances performed by both males and females. The aesthetics of the dance include speed, agility, and the ability to manoeuvre the body in tune with the increasing speed of the music.
440.Kai Silambu Attam / India
Kai Silambu Attam is performed in temples of Tamil Nadu, India during Amman (goddess) festivals or Navaratri festival. The dancers wear ankle-bells and hold anklets or silambu in their hands, which make noise when shaken. They perform various steps and jumps. The dance is in praise of all female deities, the most preferred being the powerful angry goddess - Kali or Durga.
441.Kaikottikali / India
Kaikottikali is a South Indian dance from the Hindu communities of the state of Kerala, India. It is performed exclusively by women mainly during the Malayalam festival of Onam and during the Thiruvathira day that usually falls between December and January, or any other festive occasion. The unmarried young girls believe that the Kaikottikali dance will bring them luck in marriage and a happy married life. Kaikottikali dance is believed to be developed out of the classical Kathakali dance of Kerala. It involves a dance area and in its centre a ceremonial brass light known as the Nilavilakku is placed over a traditional flower decoration called the Pookalam. Around this centre the women and young girls arrange themselves in concentric circles and start dancing in a circular motion to the beat of their clapping and meter of their singing.
442.kaka DANCE / Sierra Leone
kaka DANCE is a dance of a Kaka devil performed by the Kaka masker who also sings in accompaniment to his own dance, which makes it clear that this devil is a human dressed up in a costume. Dancing devil ceremonies are common in Sierra Leone since they have different types of devils believes. Some devils are refered to as spirits and some are believed to help for example in times of wars. These type of dances are used to entertain crowds during a ceremony and to educate people about local culture.
443.Kalanga Dihosana / Botswana
Kalanga Dihosana is a traditional rain making dance by Kalanga people or Ikalanga people in Botswana, which existed for a long period of time. It involves the invitation of ancestors through trance to pray for rain. The dancers usually dance in groups and wear black skirts, and long strings of beads in their necks. The beads are grouped in many different colour categories from red, black and white, a myriad in the body and waist. Dihosana is part of the Kalanga culture and not everyone qualifies to be a Hosana dancer.
444.Kalaripayattu / India
Kalaripayattu is a martial art and fighting system, which originated as a style in North Kerala in India. The word Kalari first appears in Tamil Sangam literature. It is considered to be one of the oldest surviving fighting systems still in existence in the world. Although originally practiced in Kerala, it is also practised in the southern parts of Tamil Nadu. It is sometimes performed on a stage as a dance form.
445.Kalbelia / India
Kalbelia is one of the most sensuous dance forms of dance, performed by a tribe of the same name in Rajasthan, India. The Kalbelias were known for their frequent movement from one place to another in ancient times. Traditionally they were catching snakes and trading snake venom. Their dance movements and costumes bear a resemblance to that of the serpents.The dancers are women in flowing black skirts who dance and swirl, replicating the movements of a serpent. The male participants take care of the music. The dancers are tattooed in traditional designs and wear jewellery and garments richly embroidered with small mirrors and silver thread. As the performance progresses, the rhythm becomes faster and faster and so does the dance.
446.Kali amman / India
Kali amman is a dance usually performed in different parts of southern India, where a dancer dresses up as Kali, the goddess of destruction, wearing a huge mask and performs at different Kali amman festivals at temples.
447.Kalinda / Trinidad and Tobago
Kalinda is a traditional stick-fighting dance that is practiced during Trinidad carnivals. It originated in the 19th century and involves two dancers who pretend to fight and joust with their sticks. They are accompanied by a drummer and a singer called “chantwell”. The chantwell's main purpose is to talk trash to the opposing dancer/fighter. Kalinda is also a form of martial arts and is practiced in many countries around the world.
448.Kállai kettős / Hungary
Kállai kettős, also referred to in English as Kálló Two-Step, is an early vocal composition and a dance by Hungarian composer György Ligeti. It was composed in 1950 and is one of Ligeti's collections of Hungarian pieces which the composer himself conceived as a whole. This composition was written in 1950, when Ligeti was still living in Hungary. As Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, Ligeti was very interested in adapting and arranging Hungarian traditional music with his own style. During this period, Hungary was going through a repressive Stalinist era.
449.Kamandi / India
Kamandi is a popular folk dance belonging to the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is celebrated to commemorate the puranic event when Manmada the God of Love was burnt to ashes by Lord Shiva in anger. Villagers separate themselves into two parties as Erintha katchi and Eriyatha katchi and a heated debate ensues about the fate of Manmada or Kamadev in this tale from the Purana. Kaman and Rathi, his consort, are the main characters.
450.Kamba dance / Kenya
Kamba dance is undoubtedly the most spectacular manifestation of traditional Kamba culture from Kenya, performed to throbbing polyrhythmic drum beats. It is characterised by exceptionally acrobatic leaps and somersaults, which flung dancers into the air. The style of playing was similar to that of the equally disappeared traditions of the Embu and Chuka: the drummers would hold the long drums between their legs, and would also dance.
451.Kambala / Sudan
Kambala is a dance found in Nuba Mountains area in South Kordofan State. This traditional and ceremonial dance has been passed on from one generation to another. The dancers imitate movements of cows. Kambala is associated to a myth that a farmer in the area of Nuba Mountains heard a mysterious voice calling on him to slaughter a bull and then tie its horns to his head and then clutch a whip with which he had to lash the knights. During the harvest season by people invited by farmers say that they can’t eat from the new harvested crop unless they perform Kambala. Nowadays Kambala is a popular dance and it is one of the main national dances which are performed on special occasions and it had been performed outside the Sudan as well.
452.Kanchendzonga Dance / India
Kanchendzonga Dance called also Singhi Chham is a dance form in Sikkim, India where the dancers perform in a lion costume that represents the snow lion. It is a dance of the Bhutia people, usually performed during the Panglapsool festival. During the dance, there may be two to four snow lions, with each snow lion consisting of two men in a white with a bluish mane lion costume. The dance is accompanied by a single drummer. It has religious connections as the peaks of Kanchenjunga, which is sacred to the people of Sikkim, are believed to resemble the legendary snow lion.
453. KANDYAN / Sri Lanka
KANDYAN are various dance forms native to the area called Kandy of the central hills region in Sri Lanka, nowadays widespread to other parts of the country. Kandyan dances traditionally performed only by male dancers. The technique, partly derived from South India, focuses on dynamism, powerful footwork, leaps and whirls. They have a vast repertoire, partly originating from an ancient indigenous ritual dance, partly influenced by South Indian dances. Kandyan dances are now probably the most important cultural export of Sri Lanka. However, the most spectacular
performances can still be seen in a religious context, particularly during the annual Kandy Perahera procession in the city of Kandy.
454.Karagattam / India
Karagattam is a Tamil folk dance involving the balancing of clay or metal pots or other objects on the dancers head. It is usually associated with the worship of Amman (mother), the South Indian Hindu goddess.
455.Kara Jorga / Kyrgyzstan / Kazakhstan
Kara Jorga is the most popular dance in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Some say that there is no such thing as a Kazakh dance or Kyrgyz dance and that all the dances are the creation of choreographers under influence of theatrical dance and ballet in the 20th century. Others claim that dance has long existed in the everyday life of the people of these countries and it expresses their national identity. Traditional dances have taken many forms: representations of hunting scenes, such as a golden eagle hunting a hare; competitive dances; humorous and satirical dances; imitations of animal movements, such as a jumping goat, a galloping steed, and a clumsy bear; work dances like those of the carpet weavers; dance games; dances accompanied by singing and storytelling; and imitations of ritual folk healers. The most beloved dance is Kara Jorga.
456.Karamajongo DANCES / Uganda
Karamajongo DANCES are dances performed by Karamajongo people, a Nilotic-speaking agro-pastoral herders of Ateker ethnic group living mainly in the north-east of Uganda, precisely in Karamoja region.
457.KARATE / Japan
KARATE is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu KingdomKarate, Okinawa Prefecture in Japan. It developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts Karate, under the influence of Chinese Kung Fu, particularly Fujian White Crane. It is now predominantly a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open-hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. Historically, and in some modern styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital-point strikes are also taught. Karate is now exists in Japan, in 2 very distinguished practices. One is more traditional. Other one is contemporary, which allows the participants to actually hit and kick the opponents with bare hands and feet. It can be seen as incredible dance form, not only as a combat form.
458.Karička / Slovakia
Karička is a typical folk dance from Eastern Slovakia, danced in a circle. Originally performed only by women and girls, especially during wedding celebrations. Dancers would wear Slovak folk costumes with several layers. The circle represents unity, deep human connection, a sense of friendship and belonging. Karička has been reborn in Slovakia couple of years ago among young people, who try to restore traditions and attempt to gather as many people as possible dancing together in circles in public places. Typical movements for karička dance are steps, crossings and turns.
459.Karikázó / Hungary
Karikázó is a Hungarian folk dance traditionally performed by women. It is a circle dance in 4/4 time, traditionally to a cappella rather than instrumental music
460.Karma Naach / India
Karma Naach is a tribal dance performed by the Gonds, Binjahal, Kharia, Oraon, Kisan, Kol, Baiga and other tribes annually during the Karma festival. Karma is a famous autumnal festival, starting from the 11th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Bhadrab. It is performed in the tribal dominant areas of Jharkhand, Western Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Karma means “fate”. This folk dance is performed during the worship of the God of Fate, known as Karam Dev. People consider the God of Fate as the cause of good and bad fortune.
461.Karsilamas / Turkey
Karsilamas is a folk dance spread all over Northwest Turkey and carried to Greece by Greek refugees. The term "karşılama" means "encounter, welcoming, greeting". The dance is popular on Northwestern areas of Turkey, especially on wedding parties and festivals. It is a couple dance that is still danced in what was the Ottoman Empire, from Persia to Serbia, and in the Macedonia and Thrace regions of Northern Greece. Figures of the dance may, vary from region to region but main theme is two people face each other, and music rhythmically controls their next moves. Traditionally people dance without any figure on their minds, just figures they have seen from their elders.
462.Kartuli / Georgia
Kartuli is a truly romantic dance that reminds of a wedding. It is performed by a dancing couple and incorporates softness and gracefulness of a woman, as well as dignity and love of a man. It shows that even while in love, man keeps his respect and manners by not touching the woman and by maintaining a certain distance from her. He focuses his eyes on his partner as if she was the only woman in the entire world. He keeps his upper body motionless at all times. The woman keeps her eyes downcast at all times and glides on the rough floor as a swan on the smooth surface of a lake. This utmost skill, necessary to perform Kartuli, has earned the dance a reputation of one of the most difficult dances.
463.KASEKO / French Guiana
KASEKO is a word to describe a sort of drum; “kasèko” in Creole means break the body. Kaseko is a seduction dance that can be practiced with a partner or alone. It consists of making dynamic movements that remind of literally breaking someone’s body.
464.Kaşık Oyunları / Turkey
Kaşık Oyunları is a dance from Southern Anatolia near Mediterranean and from the Central Anatolian Region in Turkey. It is dance by two or more people facing each other and striking a pair of wooden spoons. Frequently, the songs tell a story of the migratory Turkmen people. The lyrics describe their nomadic journeys, or their daily routines when settled
465.Kashif / Sudan
Kashif is a bridal dance from Sudan, performed by the bride at her henna (the ceremony before the wedding) in the presence of only her husband and other woman. The dance is characterized by shoulder rolling movements in sync with neck movements.
466.KASSA / Guinea
KASSA is a dance and rhythm from the Malinke people of Northeastern Guinea. It is a rhythm for the farmers and Kassa means "granary" in Malinke. The fields are often far away from the villages and the farmers live and work in the fields. Drummers play for the workers all day long and some girls sing and clap along.
467.Kathak / India
Kathak is one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. Its origin is traditionally attributed to the traveling bards of ancient northern India known as Kathakars or storytellers. The term Kathak is derived from the Vedic Sanskrit word Katha which means "story", and Kathaka which means "the one who tells a story", or "to do with stories”. Wandering Kathakars communicated stories from the great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs and music. Kathak dancers tell various stories though their hand movements and footwork, but most importantly though their facial expressions. As a performance art Kathak survived as an oral tradition, learnt and innovated from one generation to another. It transitioned, adapted and integrated the tastes of the Mughal courts and it was ridiculed in the colonial British era, then reborn as India gained independence.
468.Kaura Naach / Nepal
Kaura Naach is a traditional Nepali dance mainly popular among the Magars of Western region. It is accompanied by Kaura song. On a line, ladies steps follow the beat of the traditional instruments with accompanying hand gestures.
469.Kawliya / Iraq
Kawliya is an Iraqi belly dances style dance, coming from the Khaleegy group of dances. Kawliya is a community in Iraq with Indian origin. The name means gypsies. Kawliya dance is famous and different from the other belly dancing styles as it emphasises rhythmic movement of the hair.
470.KAZANGA CEREMONY DANCE / Zambia
KAZANGA CEREMONY DANCE is a dance performed during the ceremony performed by Nkoya people in Zambia. It is a coming-out dance that constitutes the conclusion of female puberty rites among this people. It is performed by a pubescent girl, seconded by a much younger girl, and from a distance vocally supported by an ensemble of girls and women accompanied by several male drummers. The ceremony takes place in Kaoma district.
471.KETE / Ghana
KETE is a dance performance commonly found in the royal courts of traditional Akan communities. It is performed in the courts of every chief whose status entitles him to be carried in a palanquin. The music therefore can be heard on state occasions and festivals. There are three parts of the performance: drum music, pipe interludes, and vocal counterpart of the pipe tunes. At least, eight pieces are played during a performance. These pieces are identified by the general name for the type of drumming and dancing, by name of its usual context, function or general character, by name commemorative of an event, or by name indicative of the participants. Adaban also called Topre is used when the chief has to perform the ceremonial "shooting dance".
472.Khattak / Pakistan / Afghanistan
Khattak is a swift martial art and dance usually performed while carrying a sword and a handkerchief by the tribesmen from the agile Khattak tribe of Pashtuns in Pakistan and some eastern parts of Afghanistan. It was performed by Khattak warriors before going to war at the time of Malik Shahbaz Khan Khattak, and then Khushal Khan Khattak. It was used as a war-preparation exercise. Aside from the Pashtun's classical literature, popular ballads, the Pashtunwali (the common code of social values), and the romantic Zakhmi Dil (Bleeding Heart), the Khattak is part of the group's collective identify.
473.Khon / Laos / Thailand
Khon is the most stylised of the dance-dramas in Laos and Thailand. They are with troupes of male and female dancers in elaborate costumes and masks performing very graceful movements demonstrating their great flexibility. As a form of Lao classical dances, Khon was originally performed for the royal court and it used to depict scenes from the Para Lak Para Ram, or the Lao Ramayana and the Sadok. Other scenes come from legends, historical epics, stories from local or Hindu mythology, or adaptations of stories from surrounding nations. In Lao Khon each dancer plays a character in the drama, although most of the narration comes from a singing chorus on the side. In Thailand Khon was traditionally performed solely in the royal court by men in masks accompanied by narrators and a traditional piphat ensemble.
474.Khukhuri Dance / Isla Malvinas
Khukhuri Dance is a dance performed by the Gurkha soldiers at ceremonial parades and cultural shows. The Gurkhas or Gorkhas with endonym Gorkhali are the soldiers of Nepalese nationality and ethnic Nepali people of India recruited for the British Army, Nepalese Army, Indian Army, Gurkha Contingent Singapore, Gurkha Reserve Unit Brunei, A peacekeeping force and war zones around the world. They were
475.KIDS DANCE / Global
KIDS DANCE is a mostly freelance dance performed by kids. It can also have a structure as children are being very often taught various dance styles while in kindergarten.
476.KIGBA / Burkina Faso
KIGBA is a traditional women dance from people of Sanon in Burkina Faso, performed at various celebrations for example after wedding.
477.Kikiga DANCES / Uganda
Kikiga DANCES are traditional dances from the Western Uganda, such as Kizino dance, very popular nowadays at happy occasions such as marriage ceremonies, graduations and in churches. It is a very energetic dances with some jumping and it was founded as a revenge dance.
478.Kikli / India
Kikli is one of the folk dances of Punjab, India, performed by girls holding hands and twirling each other in circles and balancing their positions. It is generally popular with young girls and performed in pairs. A variety of songs are used with clapping as percussion.
479.Kikuyu Dances / Kenya
Kikuyu Dances are dances performed by the Kikuyu people, the biggest ethnic group in Kenya. Music and dance are strong components of Kikuyu culture. Different dances have symbolic meaning like warrior dances, dances of love, etc. Ngucu, Kibaata, Gichukia, Mugoiyo dance were all for young people, while Muthongoci for the older folks.
480.Kilalaky / Madagascar
Kilalaky is the dance craze sweeping through Madagascar, a frantic 6/8 groove, punctuated by percussive breakdowns, that drives dancers wild. The singers interlock patterns of rhythmic panting that drive dancers to ecstasy. Onstage and in video clips, a line of dancers moves in synchrony, following the exact steps of a leader. It’s controlled mayhem, and a rare example of a distinctly Malagasy music & dance genre that feels hip and contemporary enough to appeal across regions and generations.
481.Kilic Kalkan / Turkey
Kilic Kalkan is a folk dance performed since the 14th century, emerged following a battlefield victory. It is performed with symbolic swords and shields and its choreography has emphasised brotherhood and peace for seven centuries. It is one of the rare folk dances in the world performed without being accompanied by music. Unique to Bursa, the former Ottoman capital city, it has sent a message of peace to the world for centuries. It is believed that the dance emerged among Ottoman soldiers who waved their swords and shields to celebrate the conquest of Bursa by the Ottoman Empire in 1326. The dance was rearranged and choreographed by physical education teacher Mustafa Tahtakıran in the 1930s, and has been performed with modern stage directions.
482.Kilumi / Kenya
Kilumi is a traditional rain dance in modern Kenya. It is a traditional drum song and dance performed by women from the Kamba community. The dance is composed of two kilumi drums that are accompanied by ululations and singing of the lead singer who is usually backed by two or more other women vocalists. The drummers sing, too. A single session of Kilumi dance can last about half an hour.
483.KINACHUN / Ghana
KINACHUN is dance by the people of Konkomba and it is frequently seen in the Northern part of Ghana.
484.King kong / Uganda
King kong is a comedy dance by a famous Ugandan comedian called “King Kong”.
485.Kirang / Sudan
Kirang dance is one of the famous dances of Nuba Mountains in Sudan, especially for Ajang people who are living along the North line of the Nuba Mountains. The dance is easily recognisable from the stomp of the dancers feet.
486.Kisoga / Uganda
Kisoga is a traditional dance from Uganda.
487.KizOmba / Angola / Portugal
KizOmba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music originating from Angola. It is a derivative of semba, with a mix of Kilapanda and Angolan Merengue. It was the Kimbundu name for a dance in Angola as early as 1894. It has a romantic flow and is known to be very sensual. It is known for having a slow, insistent, somewhat harsh, yet sensuous rhythm - the result of electronic percussion. It is danced with a partner, very smoothly and slowly, though not too tightly. Large degree of flexibility in the knees is required, caused by frequent requirement that dancers bob up and down. It is danced on the tempo, as well as off the beat and only sometimes using syncopation steps. Kizomba is most popular in Angola and also eagerly performed in other lusophone African countries.
488.KNIFE-DANCE / Egypt
KNIFE-DANCE emerged from the poor areas with violence defining its identity, among people who had experience with street fights, prison culture and being outlaws, using their weapons on many occasions, especially at weddings for celebration and to exhibit courage and power. Knife movement is essential in Mahraganat, even without using in knifes during the dance.
489.Kochari / Armenia / Kurdistan
Kochari is one of the most popular dances of Armenians and it has been danced for over thousand years. It is a type of dance, not a specific dance. Each region in the Armenian Highlands has its own Kochari, with its unique way of both dancing and music. It is danced in a group by men and women, and it is intended to be intimidating. Dancers form a closed circle, putting their hands on each other's shoulders. It is known for its tune played on the zurna. More modern forms of Kochari have added a "tremolo step," which involves shaking the whole body. It is also a dance popular among Azerbaijanis, Assyrians and Kurds.
490.Kochia Dances / Kenya
Kochia Dances are traditional dances performed by the Kochia people from Kenya.
491.Kolattam / India
Kolattam, called also a stick dance, is one of the most popular dance narratives in Andhra Pradesh in India. It is a rural art usually performed during village festivals. It is a combination of rhythmic movements, songs and music. The Kolattam group comprises dancers ranging from 8 to 40 where they are grouped in pairs. The sticks provide the main rhythm. The dancers are led by the leader and move about in two circles. The inner circle receive the strikes on their sticks from the artists in the outer circle that deliver them.
492.Kolbastı / Turkey
Kolbastı is a popular Turkish dance. Originally created in 1930s in the seaport of Trabzon on the Black Sea in the north-eastern Turkey. Its name translates loosely into 'caught red-handed by the police.’ According to legend, the name comes from nightly police patrols of the city to round up drunks, who made up a song and its lyrics. In the past few years this dance has grown very popular and is spreading in popularity outside the region. These days this dance is mostly used for weddings or by youngsters who like to show off to attract girls. A rise of its popularity outside of Trabzon has led to the belief that Kolbatsi disappeared from the region. But it is still prevalent among the youth of today.
493.Kolkali / India
Kolkali is an interesting folk dance of Kerala, India. The dancers, all males, dance to the rhythmic beating of the sticks. They form different patterns in the course of the dance, first at a slow speed and later gathering momentum. Folk songs and musical instruments like Chenda, Ilathalam, Maddalam and Chengila add zest to the performance. Kolkali is a 200 year old dance form. As it is also performed on a specially constructed wooden stage, it is locally called Thattinmelkali.
494.Kolo / Serbia / Kosovo / Albania / Macedonia / Bosnia / Bulgaria
KOLO known also as Horo or Oro is traditional dance named after the circle formed by the dancers. It is performed amongst groups of people (usually several dozen, at the very least three) holding each other's hands or having their hands around each other's waists (ideally in a circle, hence the name). The basic steps are easy, but experienced dancers dance Kolo with great virtuosity due to different ornamental elements they add, such as syncopated steps. Each region has at least one unique style. It may be performed in a closed circle, a single chain or in two parallel lines. Both men and women dance together, however some dances require only men to dance and some dances are only for women. Many Kolo variations are usually performed at weddings, social, cultural, and religious ceremonies.
495.KONO TRIBAL DANCES / Sierra Leone
KONO TRIBAL DANCES are traditional dances performed by the people comine from the Kono district in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone.
496.KOO KOO / Ivory Coast
KOO KOO is a dance from the northern Ivory Coast, danced by the Senoufo people. It is normally performed in a circular formation. Depending on the location the dance can be performed fast or slow. The dancing is typically done by women regardless of location.
497.Kool Kache / Togo
Kool Kache is an afro urban dance born in Togo.
498.Kotokoli DANCES / Togo / Ghana / Benin
Kotokoli DANCES are traditional dances performed by the Kotokoli people living in the West African countries of Togo, Ghana and Benin.
499.KPANLOGO / Ghana
KPANLOGO is a recreational dance and music, originating from the 1960s among urban youth in Accra, Ghana. It was first played by the Ga people, one of the ethnic groups in Ghana. It is not only a dance but a way of communicating to the general public as shown in our performance. Kpanlogo is often performed low to the ground, with bent knees and bent back, and frequently features sexually suggestive motions. Accounts of police seizing musical instruments and detaining performers in the early days have been documented.
500.K-Pop / South Korea
K-Pop is a dance performed to K-Pop music, which is a South Korean Pop. When combining multiple singers, the singers often switch their positions while singing and dancing by making prompt movements in synchrony. The K-Pop choreography often includes the so-called "point dance", referring to a dance made up of hooking and repetitive movements within the choreography that matches the characteristics of the lyrics of the song. The cultural difference between the old and the young in South Korea is very stark. Young people mainly enjoy K-Pop and express themselves through it. They form dance groups or attend dance classes. Every weekend in the arts college district of Hongdae in Seoul, dozens of dance troupes made of teens and young adults dance for hours in front of their peers, tourists and their screaming fans.
501.Krakowiak / Poland
Krakowiak is a fast, syncopated Polish dance in duple time from the region of Kraków and Lesser Poland. It dates back to the 16th and 17th century. Later it became a popular ballroom dance in Vienna ("Krakauer") and Paris (“Cracovienne”). It is a dance for several couples, among whom the leading male dancer from the first pair sings and indicates the steps. As they approach the band, the man taps his heels or dances a few steps. The band follows the melody and the couples move off in file to form a circle (with the leading couple back at the band). Thereafter the couples circulate during the played verses. The three most characteristic steps are: “galop” (fast running forward), “hołubiec” (jump with clicking the heels and stamping), and “krzesany” (sliding motion of the feet with stamping).
502.KROCHA / Austria
KROCHA is a style of dancing popular among Austrian young people, who wear baseball caps in neon colours Palestine scars, neon or colourful t-shirts, skinny jeans, and colourful sport sneakers. Haircut is short in front and long in back. Severe sunburn from solarium makes their skin brown. Krocha dancing cannot be clearly defined, the krocha itself describe their dance style as "krochn". On the one hand, it leans heavily on the Melbourne shuffle and hardstep, on the other hand, jumpstyle is widely used among the krochan. Some steps are also taken from Charleston. Dancers go wild when they hear fast techno, and dance in a style that looks like it breaks their legs, hence they "krochn". “Krochn” is the Austrian slang for breaking sound. They keep this culture constant by exchanging their style in videos on youtube.
503.KrumpING / USA / Global
KrumpING is a street dance popularised in the United States, characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement.The youths who started Krump saw the dance as a way for them to escape gang life and to release anger, aggression and frustration positively, in a non-violent way. There are four primary moves in krump: jabs, arm swings, chest pops, and stomps. Krump is rarely choreographed - it is almost entirely freestyle (improvisational) and is danced most frequently in battles or sessions rather than on a stage. It is very aggressive and danced upright to upbeat and fast-paced music. Despite that, krump does not promote aggression or fighting - moves are meant to take up space and challenge other dancers to feed off and return the energy.
504.Kudachozhi / India
Kudachozhi is a part of Chozhikali, the popular folk art form of Kerala in India. It is performed after the harvest season (Onam Season). The dancers are called Chozhis and they go visiting houses in the village. While performing, the dancers hold a small umbrella made of palm leaf called Kuda and a fan called Visuri. Thudi, a folk musical instrument is the main accompaniment to the Kudachozhi dance.
505.KUDA LUMPING / Indonesia
KUDA LUMPING is a traditional Javanese dance depicting a group of horsemen. Dancers "ride" horses made from woven bamboo and decorated with colourful paints and cloth. Generally, the dance portrays troops riding horses, but another type of the performance also incorporates trances and magic tricks. When the "possessed" dancer is performing the dance in trance conditions, he can display unusual abilities, such as eating glass and resistance to the effects of whipping or hot coals. Although the dance is native to Java, Indonesia, it also performed by Javanese communities in Suriname, Malaysia and Singapore.
506.Kuduro / Angola / Portugal
Kuduro is a type of music and dance originally developed in Angola in the 1980s. Initially, producers sampled traditional carnival music from the Caribbean and semba from Angola, and laid it around a fast 4/4 beat, similar to Kizomba rhythm. In times of Angolan civil unrest, kuduro provided means of coping with hardship and positivity for younger generations. With strong immigration of Angolan citizens to Portugal, it evolved further in Lisbon, including elements from Western European electronic music. The name refers to a peculiar movement in which dancers seem to have hard buttocks ("Cu Duro" in Angolan Portuguese). They use body movements that emanate movement/stillness, incoordination, falling, pop & lock, and breakdancing. Kuduro seems to “break down” body parts into isolations and staccato movements, serving as a reflection of debility and the mixture of abled/disabled bodies in performance.
507.Kujawiak / Poland
Kujawiak is a Polish folk dance from the region of Kujawy in central Poland. It is one of the five national dances of Poland. The music is in triple meter and fairly slow. The dance usually involves couples walking gracefully in a quarter-note rhythm, on slightly bended knees, with relaxed turns and gently swaying. Originally, it was danced with a calm dignity and simplicity, in a smooth flowing manner. The couples were spinning around the circle in a seemingly endless rotation. There were no vigorous stamps and no drastic changes of tempo. This style was passed on from generation to generation. There was no special schooling: children and young people would watch during parties and festive occasions and then try it on the side. Women's Kujawiak dances are also performed.
508.Kukeri / Bulgaria
Kukeri are elaborately costumed Bulgarian men and sometimes women, who perform traditional rituals intended to scare away evil spirits. Closely related traditions are found throughout the Balkans and Greece (including Romania and the Pontus). The costumes cover most of the body and include decorated wooden masks of animals (sometimes double-faced) and large bells attached to the belt. Around the New Year and before Lent, kukeri walk and dance through villages to scare away evil spirits with their costumes and the sound of their bells. They are also believed to provide a good harvest, health, and happiness to the village during the year. They traditionally visit peoples' houses at night. After parading around the village they usually gather at the main square to dance wildly and to amuse people.
509.Kullawada / Bolivia
Kullawada is a dance that recalls the ritual of the spinners who returned from the great religious ceremonies, turning into "caito" the wool product, which was distributed to them as a gift from the gods, extracted from the sacrificed animals.
510.Kumbar / Pakistan
Kumbar is a folk dance of Hazara in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
511.Kumpo / Gambia
Kumpo dance originated from the Cassa sub group of the Jola tribe in Gambia. The Kumpo mask is made up of thin dried palm leaves which are beige in colour and cover the dancer from head to toe. The other feature of the Kumpo is a stick which is secured to the performer’s head which he uses to spin almost magically in fast gyrating circles while being accompanied by an ensemble of metal bells, singers and drums.
512.Kuna DAnces / Panama
Kuna DAnces are performed by Kuna people, an indigenous group of Panama that has multiple dances used for their traditional ceremonies.
513.Kuravan Kurathi Attam / India
Kuravan Kurathi Attam is dance performed by the Kuravar community, a gypsy tribal group with hunting skills that they've honed over the years for survival and now for selling meat. They constantly travel from one place to another, in search of food, a space to set up their tents and opportunities to earn money.
514.Kurdish dance / Kurdistan
Kurdish dance is a group dance made up of an incomplete ring of male and female dancers, with their hands tied together and moving from left to right, with a single or a couple of figure dancers often added to the geometrical center of the dancing circle. Rhythmic and elegant movements are called Halparke. It is performed in Kurdish regions of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.
515.Kusarigama / Japan
Kusarigama - "chain-sickle" - is a traditional Japanese weapon that consists of a kama (the Japanese equivalent of a sickle) on a kusari-fundo - a type of metal chain (kusari) with a heavy iron weight (fundo) at the end. The kusarigama is said to have developed during the Muromachi period. The art of handling the kusarigama is called kusarigamajutsu. It can be considered as a dance form.
516.Kushdepdi / Turkmenistan
Kushdepdi, a fast paced Turkmen dance, has its roots in the ancient Turkmen ritual of dancing around the fire, and is often performed during Navruz, the festival celebrated all over Central Asia to welcome the arrival of spring. The dance is performed by man and woman together.
517.Kwaito / South Africa / Namibia
Kwaito is a form of self-expression, a street style as a lifestyle. The music reflects life in the townships, much the same way hip-hop reflects life in the American ghetto. Born in Johannesburg in the 1990s when certain local artists combined international house sounds with South African music, it is a unique music style, described as a fusion of disco music, hip-hop, R&B, international house music and Ragga, with local African attitude. Vocals are typically shouted over a slow tempo with African percussion. Dance steps offer a window into everyday life of South Africans, building on traditional dance styles from the region. Kwaito dancing brought on a new type of female display in South Africa with women dancing independently, redefining the gender boundaries for propriety, work, ethics and morality. Kwaito has expanded to the neighbouring countries.
518.Kwangwaru Challenge / Kenya
Kwangwaru Challenge is a dance challenge that was taken up by the East African Women on Instagram and it shows twerking to Harmonize and Diamond Platnumz’s new hit that goes by the same name “Kwangwaru”. In the videos, the women showcase their skills in loose clothing , shaking to the Kwangwaru song.