Kabardinka State Dance Ensemble
Kabardinka Academic Dance Ensemble. The Kabardian Dance Ensemble, one of the first national troupes in Circassia, was established in 1933. It started out as an amateur group, and attracted the best local dancers and musicians.
The debut of the troupe was performed in the village of Zeyiqwe in the same year. The troupe was re-named the Kabardino-Balkarian State Song and Dance Ensemble. Arseni R. Abraamov developed part of its repertoire. In 1938, a choral group was added to the Ensemble, for which the cream of the republican musicians and poets, Abraamov, Truvor K. Sheibler, Ryauzov, Alim Ch’ischoqwe (Keshokov) and Ali Schojents’ik’w, combined to write new songs. The troupe was again re-named the National Folk Dance Ensemble ‘Kabardinka’. The current official name of the troupe is ‘Kabardinka Academic Dance Ensemble’. It is considered one of the finest dance troupes in the Caucasus, and has performed in the Russian Federation and abroad. Its repertoire includes many traditional dances with developed choreographs. These convey reserved inner temperament, majestic beauty and elegance—literally enchanting the spectators. ‘Kabardinka’ was recognized as ‘National Treasure of the Circassian Nation’ by the International Circassian Association (ICA) in October 2013. It celebrated its 85th Anniversary in November 2018.