Pryvit is a Ukrainian welcome dance. Many regions can be represented in this dance. Dancers offer bread, salt and wheat to their guests, which represent a wish of prosperity and health.
Poltava – Central and Eastern Ukraine
The men’s costumes for these dances are styled after the Kozak dress, with boots, a comfortable, embroidered shirt, a sash (poyas) tied around the waist, and loose, billowy riding pants (sharyvary). Common accessories include overcoats, hats, and swords. The women’s costume consists of a blouse with red and black embroidery, a full or straight skirt worn in many colors with the most common being a straight skirt (plakhta) made of colourful, geometric woven fabric; long vests with matching aprons are sometimes worn, red leather boots or shoes, red beaded necklace and a headpiece of flowers and ribbons. All of these pieces vary from village to village and even family to family.
The style of these dances is acrobatic and physically demanding for the men, while the women display grace and beauty while dancing in technically demanding unison. This style of Ukrainian dance is easily recognizable and the costume of this area has been deemed the national costume of Ukraine.
This region is located high in the Carpathian Mountains where the people had to adapt to the severe climate and limited living space. This is represented in the costumes with narrower skirts and pants and the rich colors and details used.
All dancers wear leather moccasins (postoly) and highly decorated vests known as keptari. The men’s pants are straight legged and the women’s skirt consists of front and back panels, tied at the waist. Hutzul costumes incorporate orange, brown, green, and yellow embroidery.Hutzul dances are lively and energetic, characterized by quick stamping and intricate footwork, combined with swift vertical movements. This dance has become the second most recognizable style of Ukrainian dance.
This area is located in the transitional highland between Ukraine and Romania.
Costuming for this region is very narrow with coins often being a part of the costume, representing a Ukrainian superstition that coins ward off evil spirits. The men are dressed in white with a decorated vest, belt and hat for accessories. The women wear a traditional white blouse with darker embroidery. The dark skirt is sometimes open at the front revealing an embroidered slip. The women’s headpieces are very distinct, consisting of tall wheat stalks, ostrich feathers or other unique protuberances. Much of the decoration on these costumes share attributes with Byzantine ornamentation.The dances from this region are lively, energetic and characterized by high stepping, intricate foot stamping combinations.
The costumes and dances from this region have been influenced by Poland’s extended rule over the area. Men wear long, swirling jackets and the women have skirts that swirl when turning. The costumes are bright and vibrant.
Dances from this area are couple oriented and polka-like. Dance steps are characterized by energetic jumping, high legs, lively arms and twirling steps. Generally the choreography is light and fun.
In these dances you will see the men clapping and slapping their boots or chest.
The costumes incorporate white, red, and beige as the main colors and the girls often wear aprons.
This dance is characteristic of repetitive tapping and stamping. You also see high leg movements accompanied with a fast pace.