The folk dance group “Dandari” of the University of Latvia
unites young people who are interested in folklore, especially
The group was established in 1980 by Ernests Spîčs, a
well-known ethnochoreographer, who was the first to prove that
ethnic dance also today is exciting and thrilling to both the
audience and the dancer. The founder of the group involved
“Danadari” participants in the study and collection of
folklore materials which became a part of the group’s
The repertoire of “Dandari” consists of dances and games from
different regions of Latvia as well as choreographic
arrangements starting with common social life and seasonal
tradition performances until a modern folklore theatre as well
as specially designed programmes to present the Latvian
The folk dance group “Dandari” acquires also singing, oral
folklore and traditions.
Many details of national costumes are made by participants
themselves. Musicians of “Dandari” achieve an original sound
using old instruments and imitating the playing manner of folk
“Dandari” has participated in such festivals in Latvia as “Baltica”,
“Gaudeamus”, “Sudmaliňas” “PEPT”.
Group’s performances on tour have taken place in Georgia,
Poland, Russia (Siberia), Germany, Norway, Sweden, the USA,
Finland, Spain and France; ever so many times in neighbouring
countries Lithuania and Estonia. “Dandari” has represented the
Latvia in the festival of Folk Life
organized by Smithsonian Institute
USA), EXPO 2000 (Hanover, Germany) as well as in the events
organized by embassies of Latvia.
The group’s rehearsals take place every Monday and Thursday
from 7.00 p.m. in the hall of the University of Latvia,
Faculty of Physics and Mathematics Zeďďu Street 8 (Agenskalns).
Welcome to join!
Leader of the group