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Armenian group in Argentina playing Shalakho

Shalakho (Armenian: շալախո shalakho; Azerbaijani: Şələqoy; Georgian: შალახო shalakho or Georgian: კინტოური kintouri) is a popular dance of the Caucasus[1] of Azeri [2] and Armenian origin.[3][4] A time signature of the dance is 6
. The folk versions of the dance vary, depending on the region.[1]

In a broadly spread version, two men dance in order to win the favour of a woman. The dance can be performed by one or more dancers, men or women, in a free, Caucasian style of performance. Motions of women can be slow and lyrical. Music of the dance is rapid, which is reflected in the expansive and energetic motions of men.[1]

Composer Afrasiyab Badalbeyli used the melody of the dance in “The Maiden Tower” ballet composed by him.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Katherine St. John; Lloyd Miller; Mahera Harouny. (1987). Radif-e raqs: collection of dance sequences of the Persian tradition. Society for Preservation and Propagation of Eastern Arts. p. 127. 
  2. ^ N. G. Volkova (Translated by K. Tuite). Udis / Edited by R. Khanam. — Encyclopaedic Ethnography of Middle-East and Central Asia: Global Vision Publishing House, 2005. — Т. 1. — С. 820. The young generation of Udis dwelling in Georgia know Georgian songs. Most dances are of Azerbaijan origin (uzundara, shalakho), and Georgian Udis dance the Georgian lek'uri.
  3. ^ K. St. John, L. Miller & M. Harouny (1987), Radif-e raqs : collection of dance sequences of the Persian tradition, Society for Preservation and Propagation of Eastern Arts
  4. ^ Berthoud, Philip John (2016), World Music for Flatpicking Guitar Made Easy, Mel Bay Publications p.2
  5. ^ Микеладзе Г. (2007). Сын бека, потомок шаха. Азербайджанские Известия. p. 3.