Uzbek Dance – Lazgi
Location: Khorezm, Uzbekistan
The Lazgi dances come from the Khorezm region of Uzbekistan, up near the Aral Sea. The movements of the lively Lazgi dances mimic everyday activities such as picking fruit or winding yarn, common household items such as flickering candles, and various animals, including prairie dogs, birds (specifically the seagull), and horses, which were very important to these people when they were still nomadic. Once regionally specific, Lazgi music has become the music of choice for all Uzbek parties, and Lazgi dances are among the most popular at all festivals and celebrations.