Kurdish Halay

History

A Kurdish dance. I learned this dance from Karen Michaelsen in 2010, who saw it in the film Vodka Lemon about Kurds living in Armenia.

Rhythm

The dance is in an even 4/4 rhythm with a step or lift on every beat.

Steps

Start in a line with little fingers in a W hold, facing centre.

Step to the side with the right foot, then cross in front with the left.
Step to the side with the right foot, then make a small left with the left. Repeat this to the left.
Step and sway to the side with the right, then sway to the left.

Music

The track is called Edirne Halyayi but I don't have any more details.
The dance can begin at the start of any musical phrase.

Dance description by Andy Bettis - April 2010