Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ukrainian dancers on UkeTube

I was just tooling around UkeTube, the creative brainchild of the Strilka (Ukrainian singles) folks and came across this clip of Ukrainian dancers from Brazil.

The quality of the video is poor (very pixelated) but you can still make out what's going on ... and the music is great!

The music has a lot of deep bass which I've only ever heard in the really old music recordings (and perhaps from some European groups).

There are some interesting moves, on the part of both the guys and the gals, that I haven't seen done here in North America ... and believe me, I've seen a lot of Ukrainian dance groups!

The other thing that struck me is that they seem somehow, um, sexier ... in a subtle way. I can't explain it, I just got that feeling watching them. The guys seem so macho and the girls more feminine. Maybe in South America men and women just be themselves more, possibly because of the dominant Latino culture? I dunno, but I like it! ;-)

Closer to home, I came across this clip of the Kvitka Dancers of Surrey doing the Hopak at their Vesna 2007 concert. Looks like it was another fabulous show... (That'll teach me to miss their concert!)

There's a lot of great clips on UkeTube, go there often and enjoy!

2 comments:

William said...

Hi Pawlina,

For more South American Ukrainian dancers check out:

"Українці в Південній Америці"
http://strilka.tv/diaspora_sa.php

The video clips are better organized on Strilka, particularly with the diaspora including:

"Українці в Канаді"
http://strilka.tv/diaspora_ca.php

"Українці в США"
http://strilka.tv/diaspora_usa.php

and so forth.... all UkeTube video categories appear in English on the left-hand side of all pages on Strilka:

http://strilka.tv/uketube_whatsnew.php

The categories also appear in a drop-down menu at the top centre of the page (in Ukrainian). This Ukrainian menu also lists UkeTube videos from 26 different Ukrainian oblasty too:

Київська область
http://strilka.tv/travel_kyiv.php

Львівська область
http://strilka.tv/travel_lviv.php

Харківська область
http://strilka.tv/travel_kharkiv.php

etc... plus, you can always click most anywhere on the clip image to view a larger version.

Finally, your observations about Ukrainian dancers in South America are dead on!

Pawlina said...

Thanks for these great links, Bill! I'll be over at your site later tonight...