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Tibetan Guozhuang dance (锅庄舞)

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In the Tibetan language, Guozhuang dance (锅庄舞) means singing and dancing in a circle. It is one of the three major Tibetan folk dances popular in Tibet and places like Yunnan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces where Tibetans live. 

In the dance, men and women of an equal number form a circle with one person acting as the leading dancer. The dance involves repeated musical dialogues in antiphonal style between male and female dancers, without any accompaniment of musical instruments.

The Guozhuang dance is rich in content and flexible in steps. It changes with the development of Tibetan life and work. There are dances featuring daily work like barley gathering, wool twisting, cattle feeding and wine making etc. And also there are dances dedicated to the praising of heroes. In addition, there are dances presenting the Tibetan customs, marriage traditions, the completion of new houses and guest entertaining etc.

The Guozhuang dance is a joyous dance. Whenever there are festivals or happy events, people of all ages will merrily join the dance.

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