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An Insight into the Ukranian Folk Dance of Hopak

A particular unique reason to visit Ukraine is to observe its magnificent ancient folk dance known as ‘Hopak’. Its name comes from the Ukrainian verb hopaty which means ‘to leap and stamp feet’. What’s special about Hopak is that it’s only performed by males and has been done so since the 16th Century.   Its birth occurred around the 16th Century as Ukraine underwent a long struggle to gain independence against the...