Dancing in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (VIDEO)
Turkmen people love to dance. As a scattering of nomadic tribes, they reserved dancing for gatherings and special occasions. Today, everyone from young children to the elderly will find any excuse to flaunt their best moves at festivals, weddings, holidays, and national performances. It’s not just a fun outlet, it’s a way to express pride for their country and cultural traditions.
The brilliant costumes dancers wear today are modeled on traditional dress worn centuries ago. Men don riding boots and fur caps, as horsemen did in the past, and women wear vibrant embroidered dresses and caps. Some may wear pointed hats that resemble traditional Turkmen helmets.
Watch a Dance Performance
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MIR has nearly 30 years of travel experience in Central Asia and has an affiliate office in Uzbekistan. We have a roster of contacts that can take you to places that you didn’t even know you wanted to go. Our full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
MIR has unparalleled destination expertise in creating immersive cultural experiences in our destinations, including lesser-traveled Turkmenistan.
You can see a traditional Turkmen dance performance on MIR’s popular small group tour, Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans. You can also book a custom private journey or a tour extension to Turkmenistan based on your interests and schedule.
Top Photo: Dancing the days away in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Photo Credit: Michel Behar
PUBLISHED: March 31, 2016