927.Ugrós / Hungary
Ugrós is an athletic Hungarian couples' jumping dance in 2/4 meter with an off-beat accent similar to polkas or hasaposerviko. Its origins lay in weapon dances from the Middle Ages. Dunántúli Ugros is a couples' folk dance from Transdanubia (Dunántúl in Hungarian), the western part of Hungary.
928.Ula-Ula / Tahiti
Ula-Ula is a dance from Tahiti. Couples dance separated from each other to the rhythm of the lively corrido, undulating their hips softly from side to side, and resting their feet alternatively on the heel and the tip of the toes. The women make graceful arm movements, undulating them from one side to the other in a very harmonious manner, and imitating the act of combing their hair with one hand and looking themselves in an invisible mirror with the other. All of this is executed with a suggestive and captivating feminine grace. The dancing is usually alternated with figures where the dancers bend their legs until the heels almost touch their backside in a crouching position, and then rise again, constantly undulating in a rhythmical manner.
929.Umhlanga reed dance / Swaziland
Umhlanga reed dance is an annual eight-day event in Swaziland. Tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women travel from the various chiefdoms to the Ludzidzini Royal Village. They are required to undergo a virginity test before they are allowed to participate. They dress in short beaded skirts, colourful sashes, ankles and bracelets, and they dance bare-breasted for the king. Each maiden carries a long reed which is then deposited as they approach the kind. If the reed should break before that, it is considered a sign that a girl has already been sexually active. Reed dance was created in the 1940s and reintroduced in 1991 to encourage young Zulu girls to delay sexual activity until marriage and thus limit the possibility of HIV transmission. In 2007 about 30,000 girls took part in the event.
930.Umxhentso / South Africa
Umxhentso is a traditional dance of the Xhosa Tribe in South Africa. It is performed mostly by traditional healers, who wear beaded clothes during the performance and who usually paint themselves before it. Umxhentso has always been a pride to the Xhosa people as they use this type of dancing in their celebrations. There are different types of Umxhentso: Umngqungqo - a highly dignified dance, slow, and accompanied by low-pitched music and clapping, performed by old women in ritual ceremonies; Umdudo - performed in weddings, often accompanied by umbolorho; Ukuxhentsa - performed by Sangoma during their ceremonies, performed by young girls during festivals and traditional ceremonies; Umguyo - performed by young boys before they depart for their initiation on the mountain as symbol of transition from boyhood to manhood.
931.UNDEFINED DANCE / Global
UNDEFINED DANCE is a dance that is undefined, a mash up of various dance styles, a self-invented improvisation-based dance movements.
932.Urban Dance / Global
Urban Dance is a style of dance, community, and lifestyle revolving around choreographed pieces and performances by a dancer or groups of dancers. Choreography is influenced by several different dance styles, but is ultimately based on the choreographer’s own interpretation of the music. A big part of the modern Urban Dance culture stemmed from collegiate dance teams and competitions.
933.Ussua / Africa
Ussua is a kind of Ballroom dancing, a kind of African mazurek, in which the pairs are led by a master of ceremonies, to the slow rhythm of the drum, the pito doxi (flute) and horn. All dancers wear traditional costumes: women skirt and kimono, shawl or plaid cloth; men bring straw hats and arm use an embroidered towel (for wiping the sweat from his face).
934.Üveges / Hungary
Üveges is a Hungarian Folk Dance, a Bottle dance, performed, especially at weddings, by the cooks.
935.UZBEK DANCE / Uzbekistan
UZBEK DANCE is a dance coming from Uzbekistan. There are between 15-20 thousand movements by a performer, depending on the complexity of the dance. An Uzbek dance portrays a story, told by the flowing movements and rhythm. The lithe and expressive hands of a dancer raise and then interweave like two twigs of an almond tree, then one hand is above the head and the other is making swift movements around the body. There are three schools of dance in Uzbekistan: Khorezm, Fergana and Bukhara. Each one has its peculiarities and specific features.
936.Užgavėnės danceS / Lithuania
Užgavėnės danceS are dances performed during the Lithuanian festival called Užgavėnės that takes place during the seventh week before Easter (Ash Wednesday). Its name means "the time before Lent". The celebration corresponds to Roman Catholic holiday traditions in other parts of the world, such as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday and Carnaval. Užgavėnės begins on the night before Ash Wednesday, when an effigy of winter is burnt. A major element of the holiday, meant to symbolise the defeat of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, is a staged battle between “Lašininis” personifying winter and “Kanapinis” personifying spring. Devils, witches, goats, the grim reaper, gypsies, and other joyful and frightening characters appear in costumes during the celebrations. The participants and masqueraders dance and eat the traditional dish of the holiday - pancakes with a variety of toppings.