Sabo, Uzbek national dance ensemble

There are three schools of dance in Uzbekistan: Khorezm, Fergana, and Bukhara. Each one has its peculiarities and specific features.[1]

Khorezm dance

Khorezm dance is known for its fiery nature. The most popular style of dance is "Lazgi", which has been included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO in 2019.[2] The music consists of an introduction and main body including folk melodies. First, slow and simple dance movements are made with the fingers, wrists, and shoulders, and then the whole body starts to move. The pace accelerates and becomes increasingly energetic. Men and women dance it very differently.[3]

Fergana dance

In contrast to Khorezm, Fergana is fluent and lyrical, with smooth rounded movements of dancers' hands.[4][5][6]

Bukhara dance

Bukhara dance is complex and measured. Some local monuments of the early Middle Ages portray this original art and its place in the life and culture of the residents of Bukhara Region.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Central Asian Dance & Music". Archived from the original on 27 July 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Khorazm Dance, Lazgi". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Uzbek Dance – Lazgi". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Silk Road Dance Company". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Uzbek Dance - Fergana". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  6. ^ Tanovari Dance on Youtube
  7. ^ "Bukhara Dances". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  8. ^ Bukhara Dance on YouTube