Young Ethiopian Bride and Groom Ethiopian Wedding twist Dance
Young Ethiopian bride and groom keep up the tradition of the twist dance at their wedding. Bridesmaids and the groom’s best men join in. Everyone gives it their best and most look like they are really having a good time. Basically, twist dance is an American import that goes back decades in Ethiopian dance culture as is the case around the World. There are many variations and a popular one is attempted in this video. This is the Twist Be Gurageigna version.
Melaku Bireda Twist be Gurage – Guragigna on Diretube
Judging from this video many might think that the twist dance is making a big comeback, but it has never really been gone. Throughout the 80s, 90s and naughts people have been dancing the twist in Ethiopian weddings and other formal occasions. Undoubtedly, it is more popular with the generation that danced the night way in clubs and music halls of the 60s and 70s. In addition, the twist dance moves have gone through various permutations and seem to gain popular appeal again and again.
Initially, the dance originates in the rock music culture that young Addis Ababa party lovers embraced over fifty years ago.The likes of iconic Ethiopian musician, Alemayehu Eshete were seen doing the twist at various concerts and venues around the capital and the trend increased. Undeniably, Twist is really an international dance phenomenon. It went down as the history books as the first ‘dance craze’. It was embraced by people in Tokyo, New York, Beirut, you name it.
Twist is the First Worldwide Dance Craze
Check out this old dance demonstration which shows the steps of the twist.”Everyone is talking about the twist, but we don’t know how to do it yet.” asks the host of the show. Apparently, the twist movements have four elements.
- Firstly, Hold your hand forward and move your hand from one side to another
- Next, Crouch your knees slightly and swing
- Put your weight on the balls of your feet and swing about
- Finally, The last element is bringing your heels forward”That is the twist dance it’s just a matter of doing that step all the time. And from there you can go into a million different variations,” says the guide from a 1961 broadcast.