Gypsy Dance is the traditional folk dance of Romani people around the globe....it's bright, dynamic and entertaining.
The music for the dance is performed on local instruments which have been changing and evolving over the centuries.
The dances comprise of graceful and joyful movements....expressing passion and playfulness.
Today's styles of Gypsy dance vary from region to region. Big swinging skirts from Russia, tap and slap from Hungary, shimmies and hip swings from the Balkan and further East.
Russian Gypsy Dance is one of the most vibrant and expressive type of Gypsy dances......along with Balkan and Spanish. Following Russian Gypsy music, this dance is characterised by a smooth slow start, then gradually the tempo increases to a lush, fast ending.
Balkan Gypsy Dance is influenced by Eastern European dances and belly-dancing.....although it is a different dance. In the women's dance, the footwork is combined with some hip movements, shoulder shakings and trembling hand. There are also pivots, small jumps and snapping fingers.
In Gypsy Dance performances, the costume has a great importance; its brightness, saturation and vivid colours add to the energy of the dancer.
For a Gypsy Dance class it's best to be either barefoot or wear soft dancing shoes - and any clothes which allow you to move freely..although for Russian dance styles you might need to invest in a circle or double circle skirt at some point.
A Gypsy Dance Class is a fun, colourful and very feminine way to get fit!