Mongolian dances are usually about the nomadic life style and traditions of the Mongol people. The movements in Mongolian dances are very unique. The dances are usually inspired by daily tasks of Mongol life. Dancers usually portray characters. The dance movements are usually made up of doing twists, hand movements, moving the chest fast and sharply, rolling the shoulders back, reeling the body back and moving the different joints of their bodies. They are also made up of leg movements such as jumps, steps, galloping, crawling on their knees, spinning, dragging their feet etc…   
                Mongolia has over 13 ethnic groups. Each groups dance is about their own traditions and life styles.  Example: The Dorov “Bowl dance” is when a woman holds small bowls in each hand with one on her head containing milk - she dances vigorously shaking her chest moving her arms without spilling the milk - Mongols use milk as a blessing to God as it is pure and white. 

                There are many different types of Mongolian dances such as, folk, historical, ethnic, theatrical, classical, and modern dance. Mongolian folk dances are about the traditional life style or natural elements; like: mountains, rivers, steppes, horses, heroes, milking an animal, making wool, sewing, colt training, hunting etc…


                A historical dance shows history through dance; ancient kingdoms, old rituals, religions and showing the lifestyle of the past.. Example: Shaman dance, Celebration fire, “Cam-Цам” etc…    
 Mongolian dance choreographers bring life to the stage by showing the *traditional Mongolian life style.

A famous Mongolian choreographer is C.Sevjid who has come up with so many dances. Baruun Mongol Bielgee when translated means West Mongolian dance, Jalam Har which when translated means Stallion, Aduuchin zaluus when translated means Horse men, Saalichin when translated means Dairy farmer, Cacal which when translated means Blessing. His dances consist of Mongolian history and the nomadic life style. He has displayed these amazingly on the stage by bringing them to life. He has made a great contribution in the dance history of Mongolia.

Mongolian dances are very energetic, exciting, powerful, resplendent, happy, and very enjoyable.

.* The Mongolian (traditional) nomadic life style mostly consists of moving, raising animals, producing dairy, and making wool felt and yarn. They also know the feel of the earth and they appreciate life and God.

S.Uzmee 3.15.2014

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