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Repertoire / 1. KHOPERTSY (the Khoper people) Ц a wartime dance

Khopertsy Ц are Cossacks that live on the Khoper river. In the dance they show the moment when Cossacks return from the war and get together in the Circle. The Cossacks Circle Ц is a public meeting where important matters were settled and it was also during such meetings when Cossacks demonstrated their prowess, skills of using arms. For this dance they use pikes Ц CossacksТ arms and show the carrying-out of a horsetail which was the symbol of the Cossacks and was carried-out during all solemn events together with the flag. Then Cossacks are met with joy by their wives and beloved ones and dances begin.

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