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937.Veeragase / India

Veeragase is a dance form prevalent in the state of Karnataka, India. It is a vigorous dance based on Hindu mythology and it involves very intense energy-sapping dance movements. It is one of the dances demonstrated in the Dasara procession held in Mysore, performed also during festivals and mainly during the Hindu months of Shravana and Karthika. It is as well performed at all important functions of the Lingayat household.


938.VELLATTU / India

VELLATTU is a dance originating from south of India, performed as a ritual prior to Theyyam.

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939.Verbunkos / Hungary

Verbunkos is a Hungarian folk dance from 18th century. The name is derived from the German word “Werbung”, which means "to recruit” and “verbunkos” is a “recruiter”. It is typically in a couple dance, slow, with a characteristic dotted rhythm, and fast, with virtuosic running-note passages. The dance was played during military recruiting, which was a frequent event at these times when the Habsburg Emperors, who were also Kings of Hungary, frequently at war. The character of the music derives from the military march tempo. The melodies originate from Hungarian folk and popular music, and have been sometimes attributed to Gypsies, because the accompaniment was usually played by Gypsy musicians in characteristic Gypsy style.

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940. VIKIVAKI / Iceland

VIKIVAKI is an old ring dance that has been celebrated throughout the Nordic Region from the Middle Ages till today and has been a crucial part of Icelandic society since its earliest times. The word „vikivaki” is used either to describe the dance or the songs that are sung to the dance, or to describe celebrations where where such dance is practiced. It is a ring dance, where participants hold hands or each other's shoulders and step two times to the left and once to the right, with a variety of variables, such as stopping in the eighth of each track.


941.VIMBUZA / Malawi

VIMBUZA is a spirit dance performed for healing, popular among the Tumbuka people living in northern Malawi. It is an important manifestation of the ng’oma, a healing tradition found throughout Bantu-speaking Africa. Ng’oma, meaning “drums of affliction”, carries considerable historical depth and, despite various attempts over the years to suppress it, remains a fundamental part of indigenous healthcare systems. The healing ritual dates back to the mid-19th century, when it developed as a means of overcoming traumatic experiences of oppression, specifically British occupation - although it was forbidden by Christian missionaries.

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942.VIRA / Portugal

VIRA is a traditional dance from Portugal, most popular in the Minho region but performed also in every region of the country. It has a three-step rhythm which is very similar to a waltz, but it is faster and the couples dance front-to-front without holding hands. It can also be danced in matched pairs forming a big circle that revolves inversely clockwise, while the dancers snap their fingers. At a certain point the boys leave their pairs in the circle and go to the center, where they hit the floor with their right feet, and return, backing into their respective pairs. The circle starts to rotate again, and the next time the circle stops it will be the girls who go to the center. They do this alternately.

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943. VIRAL DANCE / Global

VIRAL DANCE is a dance phenomena which involves videos of dances that become crazy popular through a viral process of Internet sharing, typically through video sharing websites such as YouTube as well as social media and email. Viral dances gain crazy fast popularity and get million clicks and likes within short period of time.

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944.VIRGINIA REEL / England / USA

VIRGINIA REEL is a folk dance that dates from the 17th century. Though the reel may have its origins in Scottish country dance and the Highland reel, and perhaps have an even earlier influence from an Irish dance called the Rinnce Fada, it is generally considered to be an English country dance. The dance was most popular in America from 1830–1890. It has given rise to a large number of dances called the Virginia reel. All of the versions have certain similarities, such as the reel figure. The dancers usually line up in two lines of 5-8 couples, partners facing each other. Traditionally men would line up on one side, and women on the other, but that is not necessary. This formation is the same for any version of the Virginia reel.


945.Virtual Dance / Global

Virtual Dance is a theatrical dance in the specific virtual global community platform called Second Life. Virtual Dance uses avatars moving via given tools of a virtual world.

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946.Volkspele / South Africa

Volkspele is a South African folk dance tradition. Volkspele means "folk-games" and can be translated to folk-dance. It was the brain-child of South African Dr. SH Pellisier, who visited Sweden in 1915. After finishing his day's work he met with other young people in their respective countries' national dress to practise their folk-singing and -dancing. The South Africans were the only ones left out as they did not have any traditional dances. Back in South Africa, he translated four Swedish dances and taught them to pupils at the Afrikaans High School in Boshof where he was Deputy Headmaster. The dress originated from the formal dress the pioneers or Voortrekkers wore. It is called national dress, as in the European countries. All folk-dancers in South Africa must use the same style with only the colours differing.

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947.VoOdoo DANCE / Benin / Togo / Ghana

VoOdoo DANCE is a traditional dance performed during the Voodoo ceremonies practiced by the Fon people of Benin, and southern and central Togo, as well as in Ghana and Nigeria. It is distinct from the various traditional African religions in the interiors of these countries.

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948.Vosho / South Africa

Vosho is a popular dance that can be described as a South African dance that involves squatting and kicking at the same time. Its move has evolved into the ‘head vosho’, where instead of squatting and kicking you extend your arms and you lean your head forward to the rhythm.

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949.VOUGE / USA / Global

VOUGE, or VOUGING, is a highly stylised dance, originating in the late 1980s. Underground drag balls date back to 1869, when Harlem’s Hamilton Lodge threw its first queer masquerade ball. Harlem’s ballrooms developed an entire culture for queer people of colour. Competing teams grew into “houses”, like camp street gangs, protecting their members from the perils of being gay, black, Latino or Asian, and penniless in a society that prized straightness, whiteness and wealth. They fought like gangs, but through dance. Inspired by the style of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs and the famous model poses of Vogue magazine, it is characterized by model-like poses integrated with angular, linear, and rigid arm, leg, and body movements. It has become a global phenomenon that continues to evolve both stylistically and demographically. It’s based on battle dance, using the catwalk as a stage.

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950.VOGUE FEM / USA / Global

VOGUE FEM is a subgenre of Vogue dance, at its most extreme with exaggerated feminine movements influenced by Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance. Styles of Vogue Fem performances range from Dramatics (which emphasises stunts, tricks, and speed) to Soft (which emphasises a graceful, beautiful, and easy flow continuations between the five elements). There are currently five elements of Vogue Fem : Duckwalk, Catwalk or Runway, Hands, Floorwork and Spins and Dips.



VOGUE THE NEW STYLE is characterized by rigid movements coupled with “clicks” (limb contortions at the joints) and “arms control” (hand and wrist illusions, which sometimes includes tutting and locking). New way can also be described as a modified form of mime in which imaginary geometric shapes, such as a box, are introduced during motion and moved progressively around the dancer’s body to display the dancer’s dexterity and memory. New way involves incredible flexibility.



VOGUE THE OLD STYLE is characterized by the formation of lines, symmetry, and precision in the execution of formations with graceful, fluid-like action. Egyptian hieroglyphs and fashion poses serve as the original inspirations for old way voguing. In its purest, historical form, old way vogue is a duel between two rivals. Traditionally, old way rules dictated that one rival must “pin” the other to win the contest. Pinning involved the trapping of an opponent so that he or she could not execute any movements while the adversary was still in motion (usually voguing movements with the arms and hands called “hand performance” while the opponent was “pinned” against the floor doing “floor exercises” or against a wall).

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953.Vranje Kolo / Serbia

Vranje Kolo is a dance from the South Serbia, representing a mixture of noble and oriental dancing style. It begins with inviting girl's dance followed by the noblemen dance and it ends in wild and high-spirited "cocek " dance. The fact that this region was five hundred years under Turkish rule can be best seen in the dance costumes for Vranje Kolo.

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954.Všesokolský sleT / Czech Republic

Všesokolský sleT is the culmination of the physical activity of Sokol in the form of public exercises for the public. Sokol is the name of the Czech gymnastics club, which is typical of Czech and Slovak history. This association aimed at the physical and moral growth of the Czech nation. Všesokolský slet is an opportunity for a collective performance based on the identical choreography, which brings joy to everybody. It can be practiced by children, seniors, women and men. Such meetings take place every 5 years, in 2018 it was attended by about 13,000 sokols.