Troika (dance)

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Troika is a Russian folk dance, where a man dances with two women.[1] The Russian word troika means three-horse team/gear. In the Russian dance the dancers imitate the prancing of horses pulling a sled or a carriage.

This dance is included into repertoires of virtually all Russian ethnographic dance ensembles.

Similar folk dances are known among other Slavic peoples, e.g., the Polish Trojak.

A Cajun dance of the same name, Troika, exists, and is very similar to the Russian dance. It has been suggested[citation needed] that the Cajun version of the dance originated at the times when Cossacks of the Russian tsar army were stationed in Paris.

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  1. ^ "Triolet" (in Russian). Retrieved 28 August 2011.

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