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For other uses, see War dance (disambiguation).

A war dance is a dance involving mock combat, usually in reference to tribal warrior societies where such dances were performed as a ritual connected with endemic warfare. Martial arts in various cultures can be performed in dance-like settings for various reasons, such as for evoking ferocity in preparation for battle or showing off skill in a more stylized manner. It could also be for celebration of valor and conquest. Many such martial arts incorporate music, especially strong percussive rhythms. Examples of such war dances include:

  • Al-Arda al-Barriya - In Kuwait.
  • it-Taḥṭīb in Egypt
  • Buza - From Russia.
  • Panther Dance - Burmese Bando with swords (dha)
  • Gymnopaedia - ancient Sparta
  • European Sword dance or Weapon dance of various kinds
  • Haka - Māori people of New Zealand
  • Indlamu - Zulu people
  • Khorumi (ხორუმი) - Georgia
  • Sabre Dance - depicted in Khachaturian's ballet Gayane
  • Maasai moran (warrior age-set) dances
  • Aduk-Aduk - Brunei
  • Ayyalah - Qatar
  • Khattak - Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Brazil's Capoeira, as well as some similar Afro-Caribbean arts
  • Dirk dance and Scottish sword dances - Scotland
  • Hula & Kapu Kuialua -- Native Hawaiians
  • Combat Hopak - From Ukraine
  • Al-Yolah rifle performance - Oman and the United Arab Emirates
  • Cibi - Fiji
  • Kailao - Wallis, adopted by Tonga
  • Bende War Dance [Nigeria - Abia State] Ogbuebulle
  • Pentozali - Crete
  • Yarkhushta (Յարխուշտա) - Armenia

See also

  • Display behaviour
  • Kata
  • Martial music
  • Military drill
  • Show of force
  • Weasel war dance