Dances & Choreography

Circle Dances (Kor-dro)

Khaita Joyful Dances have come from modern Tibetan dances and rythms. Dance is a very natural way for inhabitants of the 'land of snow' to spend time together and enjoy. When there is the possibility, they go outside, in the middle of the busy city or in the peaceful meadow, and spend a few hours dancing and singing in circles.

Some of the Khaita Joyful Dances are inspired by YouTube videos of the modern Tibetan circle dancing (kor = circle/ dro = dance). Coming from different regions, these dances have their own character, movements and style. We carefully study them and bring to our dance paying respect to the ancient rich culture of celebrating life together.

Modern Dances

Other dances are more modern and “free” in style. These dances are created by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s students from around the world. We choose a song from one of the collections and, keeping in mind the lyrics and the meaning, create a dance individually or in groups. These dances can be danced in circles or in lines, showing more complex choreography and movements. 

With different cultural backgrounds, experience and style, we make a colorful range of dances, unique, yet united. The main principle we follow is to connect our dance with the lyrics and translate some of the images of the song into movements and mudras (hand gestures).

Below you can find the video of a very beautiful dance, that is rich with mudras, called Nga-yi Re-ba, and download the file explainig the meaning of all the movements. 

Male and Female Parts

Thousands of men and women from different countries enjoy Khaita Joyful Dances. Some of the dances have similar movements for men and women, while others have significant differences. Through all dances, women move with elegance and grace, flowing from one movement to another. Male movements are stronger and more expressive, sometimes with elements of jumping.

Since 2011 Khaita Joyful Dances collection has been filled with over 200 dances, that can be found on our YouTube Chanel “Khaita Joyful Dances”. From the easiest to the more complex ones, all of them reflect one main principle: dancing together harmoniously. Rhythm guides our steps and we dance together in a unified flow. Our joy and deep harmony as well as our mistakes or worries, all represent an offering, the supreme offering that is, the state of integration.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s students regularly organize dancing sessions in the main cities around the world, and you are very welcome to join us!