KochariThursday, October 21, 2021
Kochari is a folk dance originating in the Armenian Highlands. It is a form of circle dance.
Each region in the Armenian Highlands had its own Kochari, with its unique way of both dancing and music.
Armenians have been dancing Kochari for over a thousand years. The dance is danced to a 2/4 rhythm. Dancers form a closed circle, putting their hands on each other's shoulders.
The dance is danced by both men and women and is intended to be intimidating. More modern forms of Kochari have added a "tremolo step", which involves shaking the whole body. It spread to the eastern part of Armenia after the Armenian genocide. The Armenian Kochari has been included to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding of UNESCO in 2017.