The Lezginka (Lezgian: Лезги кьуьл; Russian: Лезгинка; Tat: Ləzgihəngi; Azerbaijani: Ləzginka or Ləzgihəngi)[1] is the collective name originally given by Russians to all Caucasian dances united by fast 6/8 rhythm.[2] It can be solo male or pair dance. The melody is clear and dynamic, the pace is fast. A common mistake attributes it only to Lezgin people. However, until the end of 19th century, Russians used name "Lezgin" as the common name for all highlanders of Dagestan.[3][circular reference][4]

Painting by famous Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin "Lezginka" which after visiting southern Dagestan and Elisabethpol Governorate wrote the scene, observing the customs and traditions of the Lezgins. (1867)
Lezgins dancing the "lezginka" in the village of Akhty, Dagestan region (1900)

According to Encyclopædia Britannica:[5]

Lezginka, also spelled Lezghinka, folk dance originating among the Lezgin people of the Caucasus. It is a male solo dance (often with a sword) and also a couple dance. The man, imitating the eagle, falls to his knees, leaps up, and dances with concise steps and strong, sharp arm and body movements. When the dance is performed in pairs, couples do not touch; the woman dances quietly as she regards the man’s display.


  1. ^ "Ləzgihəngi". azerdict.com (in Azerbaijani). Archived from the original on January 5, 2019. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  2. ^ [Умаханова, Алла Мусаевна. Хореография народов Южного Дагестана. Russian Academy of Science, Scientific Centre of Dagestan, Makhachkala, 1993]
  3. ^ Lezgins
  4. ^ https://etokavkaz.ru/traditcii/pobeda-vyzov-strast-kinzhal-osel-i-demonicheskaya-sila
  5. ^ Lezgian dance

External linksEdit

  • Video: Lezgi sample – folk dance Lezginka by the Azerbaijani ensemble "Suvar"