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This Mesmerizing and Haunting Russian Folk Dance Is Freaking People Out – In a Good Way





Dance is a remarkable art form. It can showcase creativity, express individuality, tell a story, and just move people. There are countless types of dance being practiced today ranging from traditional to modern. Different spots around the world have dances they are proud to perform, as these routines preserve and highlight their culture.

In Russia, there’s a folk dance that’s been mesmerizing all who get to see it. The music, the movements, and the mysterious technique used by the performers come together to create an unforgettable viewing experience. Even netizens who have only witnessed the dance through video recordings are freaking out – in a good way.

See the incredible Berezka Ensemble do their famous folk dance routine below.

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The Berezka Ensemble is a Russian dance troupe that performs a one-of-a-kind folk dance. The Berezka dance originated in 1948 and has since been captivating audiences the world over.

The dancers use a technique called ‘sliding steps’ or ‘floating steps’ because, as you can see in the video, the dancers appear to float and glide above the floor. It has been described as both mesmerizing and haunting.

The dancers use a technique called ‘sliding steps’ or ‘floating steps’ while performing the dance.


The female dancers are reportedly made to vow secrecy about the exact technique they use for the dance. Some believe that the illusion of floating is created by tiny gliding steps along with the special skirts worn by the performers. The small careful movements, plus the slightly puffy skirt, mask the actual steps made by the dancers.

We certainly don’t mind the mystery behind this folk dance routine. In fact, the secrecy seems to add more character and wonder to the dance. Regardless of how they do it, we’re just glad we have such an art form to admire.

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