Dance
Long-haired woman with braid looks like she’s floating when she starts to dance
I have never seen someone move like this. It's incredible!
Maria Pangilinan
12.06.22

Not many people know about Georgia, a small European country located on the eastern side of the Black Sea. Most people are familiar with bigger and more famous European countries like France, Italy, and Spain.

Georgia was part of the Soviet republic for many decades before it declared independence in 1991.

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The country has a population of only 3,732,000 people, less than the city of Los Angeles.

Being part of the Soviet Union for decades and its small size are among the reasons why not many people know about Georgia and its culture.

Other better-known neighbors surround Georgia, such as Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Armenia.

Despite its small size and more popular neighbors, Georgia is known for its ancient cultural roots, traditional dances, and polyphonic music.

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The Greek, Roman, and Russian empires highly influenced Georgian culture and this reflects until today.

One of the country’s most famous folk dances is the Acharuli.

The Acharuli is a cheerful dance known for its light-hearted movements. It is usually danced by men and women using flirtatious moves interacting with each other.

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In this video, a young woman shows us just how wonderful this traditional dance is. She is wearing a long black dress that helps the viewer focus on her dance.

Her beautiful long braid adds to her dramatic take on Acharuli.

Because she is dancing alone, we can assume that she is practicing her solo for future performances.

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Traditionally, dancers of the Acharuli wear bright costumes, with red as one of the predominant colors.

Men maintain a respectful distance from women during the dance, which is part of Georgian societal norms.

In the Acharuli, the woman dances a graceful solo, which we are enjoying in this video.

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In the video, her feet are moving in small and precise motions, making her look like she is floating across the dance floor.

Being alone in the dance studio also emphasizes her refined moves and allows the viewer to focus on her, and not on any other aspects.

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Her arms also form graceful shapes and she looks like a swan gliding across the water.

We’re not the only ones in awe of this beautiful dance.

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This video has been viewed more than four million times since it was first posted.

One netizen commented, “It’s not just her footwork that’s near legendary, but watch her hands also. It’s mesmerizing.”

Another said, “She looks as if she’s floating across the floor, gracefully. I appreciate seeing other cultures’ dances.”

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One comment shared, “She walks like a swan, so beautifully and elegantly. I folk dance around the world and Georgian dance is especially so beautiful, even the male traditional dance is so mesmerizing.”

For us, it almost looks like she has wheels or rollers attached to her feet, allowing her to glide around the dance studio effortlessly.

One remarkable result of this amazing video is that is has inspired people to learn more about Georgia and appreciate its rich culture.

There is so much to learn about other countries and cultures, not just Georgia.

When we expose ourselves to people and performances outside our usual interactions, we realize that everyone has something beautiful to contribute to our global society.

This helps us become more open and accepting of others, helping make the world a better place.

To see the a beautiful take on traditional Georgian dance the Acharuli, watch the video below!

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By Maria Pangilinan
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Maria Pangilinan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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