Lesson of Georgian Folk Dance
The beginning of Georgian dances includes many centuries. A hunting dance, which was called Perkhuli’ (a Round Dance) and was performed to honour the Fertility Goddess of Moon (Shushpa), is considered to be the predecessor of Georgian folk choreography. As a result of archaeological excavations, the fragments of hunters’ Perkhuli are depicted on the bowl dated back to the 2nd Millenium BC, which according to the scientists, should have been dedicated to the Svanetian Hunting Goddess Dali. ‘Hunting Perkhuli’, ‘Lemchili’ and ‘Betkili Perkhuli’ have been preserved in Svaneti so far. The peak of the Georgian folk choreography arose in the bosom of theatrical synthetic show-performance (XI-XII cc), which represented an accompanying element of pagan celebrations. The Georgian dance can be named as the peak of Georgian choreography that represents a romantic dance of a couple. Its history begins from 11th/12th century. Mtiuluri is the kind of dance that emerged in the mountains and its main content is based on the amorous rivalry. The Georgian dance tricks reflect the history of Georgia as well as the Georgian soul. The Georgian heroic spirit can be felt; each stunt reveals the martial spirit of Georgians. Furthermore, the role of a woman in the life of our ancestors is well conveyed as well.