One idea that has been flourished rapidly in the modern world is that a healthy mind and body can perform far better not only in the sports field but also academically as well. The importance of physical exercise is increasing day by day and it is even more relevant in the present scenario that every gender must participate in every kind of sport or game. Developed countries have turned this into reality and their women seem standing together with men in every category of sports. Sports are the best examples where players learn team synergy, leadership skills, motivation, dedication, self esteem, human dignity and peace of mind. Some of us may only consider playing sport is a source of entertainment, fitness and physical attractiveness but we should believe that this also instills in us other essential lessons of life. Modern research denotes that women athletes achieve better grading in their education, avoid many risky diseases in their lives and have higher levels of confidence and self esteem. Today, sports are massive sources for boasting one country’s economy as well. Even though many changes have occurred and women are provided equal access to education and sports opportunities, particularly in progressive countries but there is still so much work to be done, especially in underdeveloped and backward nations of the lovely planet. There is a strong need for creating the awareness for the girl’s participation in sports. All women of the world, regardless of their ethnicity, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, or educational background, should have equal access to sport and play. Apart from many difficulties today, Cricket, Tennis, Golf, Soccer, athletics; all of these sports are full of extremely talented female athletes. They are not only earning big fame but also are making millions of dollars every year through sponsorships and prizes like sportsmen. We have a list of 50 best female athletes and top sports women of the world of the present times, along with their dazzling images and other details who have genuinely competed their male counterparts in popularity through their brilliant performances in different kinds of sports.
1- Alexandra Patricia “Alex” Morgan – She was born on July 2, 1989 and is a stunning American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist. She is a forward for the United States women’s national soccer team.
2. Aliya Fargatovna Mustafina was born on 30 September 1994 and is a superb Russian artistic gymnast who is the 2010 World individual all-around champion, the 2012 Olympic uneven bars champion, the 2013 World balance beam champion and the 2013 European champion in the all-around and on the uneven bars.
3. Anna Maree Meares OAM. She was born on 21 September 1983 in Queensland and is an amazing Australian track cyclist. She has been the 500 metre track time trial world champion on four occasions, and a gold medalist at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
4. Anna Rawson – She was born on 5 August 1981 and is a sizzling Australian professional golfer and model. She played on the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour.
5. Anna Vladimirovna Sidorova – She was born on February 6, 1991 in Moscow and is a gorgeous curler from Russia. She currently skips the Russian national women’s curling team.
6. Antonija Misura – She was born on 19 May 1988 and is a glorious Croatian professional basketball player. She plays for Toulouse Métropole Basket in the Ligue Féminine de Basketball and for the Croatia women’s national basketball team.
7. Barbora Spotakova – She was born on 30 June 1981 and is a phenomenal Czech javelin thrower. She is the current Olympic champion, as well as the world record holder.
8. Danica Sue Patrick – She was born on March 25, 1982 and is a real challenger American auto racing driver, model and advertising spokeswoman. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing.
9. Elisa Di Francisca was born on 13 December 1982 and is a scintillating Italian foil fencer. She won the individual gold medal in the Senior World Championships in 2010 and at the 2012 Summer Olympics in July 2012.
10. Ellen Hoog was born on 26 March 1986 and is a luminous Dutch female field hockey player, who is also a member of the Netherlands women’s national field hockey team.
11. Gina Joy Carano – She was born on April 16, 1982 and is a radiant American actress, television personality, fitness model and former mixed martial artist.
12. Grace Elizabeth Gold – She was born on August 17, 1995 and is well known as Gracie Gold. She is a flashy American figure skater. She is the 2012 World Junior silver medalist, 2013 U.S. national silver medalist, and 2014 U.S. national champion.
13. Habiba Ghribi – She was born on 9 April 1984 in Kairouan. She is a vivid Tunisian middle- and long-distance runner who is also the Tunisian record holder at the 2012 Summer Olympics giving her country its first Olympic medal by a woman.
14. Hilary Atwood Knight – She was born on July 12, 1989 and is a striking American ice hockey forward. She is a member of the United States women’s national ice hockey team.
15. Hope Amelia Solo – She was born on July 30, 1981 and is a world-renowned American soccer goalkeeper and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She has been goalkeeping for the United States women’s national soccer team since 2000.
16. Irina Eduardovna Slutskaya was born on 9 February 1979 and is a glowing Russian figure skater. She is a two-time World champion, two-time Olympic medalist, seven-time European Champion, a four-time Grand Prix Final champion and a four-time Russian national champion.
17. Jana Pittman-Rawlinson was born on 9 November 1982 and is a sparkling Australian athlete who is a two-time world champion in the 400 m hurdles, from 2003 and 2007. She also won the gold medal in this event at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
18. Jaqueline Maria Pereira de Carvalho Endres was born on December 31, 1983 in Recife. She is a female Brazilian volleyball player who is also the member of Brazilian national team. She is a double Olympic Champion from Beijing 2008 and London 2012, a double silver medalist of the World Championship and multimedalist of the World Grand Prix.
19. Jessica Ennis-Hill, CBE was born on 28 January 1986 who is a bright British track and field athlete. She is the current Olympic heptathlon champion. She is also the former European and world heptathlon champion and the former world indoor pentathlon champion. She is the current British national record holder for the heptathlon.
20. Jordyn Marie Wieber was born on July 12, 1995 and is a twinkling American artistic gymnast who was a member of the gold medal-winning US women’s gymnastics teams at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was also the 2011 world women’s all-around champion.
21. Julia Marie Mancuso was born on March 9, 1984 and is a ravishing American World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. She has also won five medals (two silver and three bronze) at the World Championships and seven races in regular World Cup competition. Her four Olympic medals are the most ever for a female American alpine skier.
22. Katie Taylor was born on 2 July 1986 and is a sensational Irish athlete who specializes in boxing. Boxing and training with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, she is the current Irish, European, World and Olympic Champion in the 60 kg division.
23. Kaylyn McKenzie Kyle was born on 6 October 1988 and is an astounding Canadian soccer player who plays as a midfielder for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women’s Soccer League. She is also a member of Canada women’s national soccer team and is a Right To Play ambassador.
24. Kim Yuna was born on 5 September 1990 and is an outstanding South Korean figure skater. She is the 2010 Olympic champion and 2014 silver medalist in ladies‘ singles; the 2009, 2013 World champion; the 2009 Four Continents champion; a three-time (2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2009–2010) Grand Prix Final champion; the 2006 World Junior champion; the 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final champion.
25. Laura Asadauskaite-Zadneprovskiene was born on February 28, 1984 and is a breathtaking female Lithuanian modern pentathlete who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and reached Olympic record.
26. Lindsey Caroline Vonn was born on October 18, 1984 and is a wonderful American World Cup alpine ski racer on the United States Ski Team. She has won four World Cup championships. Vonn won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first ever in the event for an American woman.
27. Lisa Nordén was born on 24 November 1984 in Sweden and is a thrilling professional Swedish triathlete, 2008 Olympian and 2012 Olympic silver medalist. She is also the winner of the 2012 Triathlon World Series.
28. Mariana Pajón Londono ODB was born on 10 October 1991 in Medellín and is a spectacular Colombian cyclist, Olympic Gold Medalist and BMX World Champion.
29. Marina Alabau Neira was born on 31 August 1985 in Seville who is a magnificent Spanish sailor. She has won five gold medals at the European Championships and at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won the gold medal in the RS:X competition.
30. McKayla Rose Maroney was born on December 9, 1995 and is an eminent American artistic gymnast. At the 2011 World Championships, she won gold medals in the team and vault competitions. She was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was the 2012 Olympic vault silver medalist. She defended her World title and won the gold medal on vault at the 2013 World Championships.
31. Michelle “Shelly” Jenneke was born on 23 June 1993 and is an admirable Australian hurdler and model, who won a silver medal for the 100 m hurdles at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. She received worldwide media attention in 2012 for her pre-race warm-up, which involved dancing.
32. Michelle Wingshan Kwan was born on July 7, 1980 and is a splendid American figure skater. She is a two-time (1998 and 2002) Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003) World champion and a nine-time (1996, 1998–2005) U.S. champion.
33. Milica Mandić was born on December 6, 1991 in Belgrade, Serbia and is a marvelous Serbian taekwondo athlete and the reigning Olympic champion in the +67 kg category.
34. Melissa Jeanette Franklin – She was born on May 10, 1995 and is a fabulous American competition swimmer and four-time Olympic gold medalist. She currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke (long course) and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke (long course).
35. Nadia Elena Comaneci was born on November 12, 1961 and is a fantastic Romanian gymnast, winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. She also won two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
36. Naseem Hameed was born on 1 May 1988 and is an incredible Pakistani track and field athlete, who became the fastest woman in South Asia when she won a gold medal in the 100 metres at the 2010 South Asian Games in Dhaka. On February 12, 2010, President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari appointed Naseem as Ambassador of Sports in recognition of her success at the SAF Games.
37. Natalie Anne Gulbis was born on January 7, 1983 and is a remarkable American professional golfer of Latvian descent who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. Gulbis has played on three victorious U.S. Solheim Cup teams – 2005, 2007 and 2009.
38. Nicola Spirig was born on 7 February 1982 and is a tremendous Swiss professional triathlete. She is a member of the Swiss National Team and a double Olympian. She is an Olympic champion, and was World Championship runner up in 2010.
39. Olga Rypakova was born on 30 November 1984 and is an imposing Kazakhstan track and field athlete of Russian descent. Rypakova has represented Kazakhstan at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships in Athletics.
40. Paula Caroline Creamer was born on August 5, 1986 and is an awesome American professional golfer on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. As a professional, she has won 12 tournaments, including 10 LPGA Tour events. Creamer has been as high as number 2 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings. She was the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion.
41. Ronda Jean Rousey was born on February 1, 1987 and is an excellent American mixed martial artist, judoka and actress. She is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She is undefeated, having won eight of her ten fights by armbar. Rousey became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
42. Rosannagh “Rosie” MacLennan was born on August 28, 1988 and is a terrific Canadian trampoline gymnast. She is the reigning World Trampoline champion, Olympic champion and Pan American Games champion in the individual trampoline event.
43. Sana Mir was born on 5 January 1986 and is a female Pakistani cricketer of Kashmiri origin. She is the captain of the Pakistan women’s team. She was announced Player of the Tournament at the 2008 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier. She is among 6 players from Pakistan in the top 20.
44. Sandra Raluca Izbaşa was born on June 18, 1990 and is a Romanian artistic gymnast. She is a double Olympic champion, on floor at the 2008 Olympics and vault at the 2012 Olympics. She is also a winner of two Olympic bronze medals (as part of the Romanian team, in 2008 and 2012), and multiple World Championship and European Championship medals.
45. Skylar Kierra Diggins was born on August 2, 1990 and is a mind-blowing American professional basketball player for the Tulsa Shock of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
46. Stephanie Louise Rice OAM was born on 17 June 1988 and is an impressive Australian swimmer. She won three gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2009.
47. Svetlana Podobedova is a devastating Kazakh weightlifter of Russian descent who has won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women’s 75 kg category with a total of 291 kg. Her 161 kg Clean and Jerk was an Olympic record. She won by virtue of lighter bodyweight.
48. Sydney Rae Leroux was born on May 7, 1990 and is a bewitching Canadian-born American professional soccer player and Olympic gold medalist. She began playing for the U.S. senior national team in 2012.
49. Yana Shemyakina was born on 5 January 1986 and is a tantalizing Ukrainian fencer (specialized in Épée) who won the gold medal in individual épée at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
50. Yani Tseng was born on 23 January 1989 and is a Taiwanese professional golfer playing on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. She is the youngest player ever, male or female, to win five major championships and was ranked number 1 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings for 109 consecutive weeks from 2011 to 2013.
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Benin is located in West Africa which is officially known as the Republic of Benin. The total area of this country is almost 114,763 km2 and the estimated population is around 10,323,000. Benin was previously called as Dahomey which was actually due to the former Kingdom of Dahomey, which covered only most of the southern third of the present country. Benin gained independence from France on 11 July 1960.
Geographically, Benin is a narrow, north–south strip of land in West Africa which lies between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer. Benin’s climate is hot and humid and it has two rainy and two dry seasons per year. The economy of Benin is dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade. The majority of Benin’s population lives in the south. About 42 African ethnic groups live in this country. Recent migrations have brought other African nationals to Benin that include Nigerians, Togolese, and Malians. The foreign community also includes many Lebanese and Indians involved in trade and commerce. A small part of the European population consists of Beninese citizens of French ancestry, whose ancestors ruled Benin and left after independence.
To have a nice understanding about the culture and traditions of Benin, we should have the knowledge about the religious influences that prevail in the country. Majority is Christians and the Muslims are also found in significant numbers. Likewise, the government of Benin also recognizes the traditional Voodoo religion. Benin is actually the birthplace of the Voodoo religion. The religious typical practice as dancing around the Voodoo spirit is particularly known to the world.
This small portion mentioned in the above paragraphs was important for deliberating the traditional dress of Benin. Generally, the urban people of Benin have adopted the western clothes in their daily routine. The Beninese men and women both dress up in western outfits for their workplaces. In the offices, the men are seen wearing pants and shirts while some executives prefer suiting. Women are also seen with jeans, shirts and t-shirts. The skirts and dresses are almost all ankle length.
But having said that, a large proportion of the Beninese population, still want to live with the traditional dresses. They not only prefer the traditional outfits on special occasions but some of them still wear in the normal life as well. The ancient excavations in Benin and other West African countries suggest that the ancient clothing in this region was based upon the indigenous fibers like raffia, bast and cotton. The textile fragments used till the medieval times were normally densely woven in plain weave. The formal attires were also adorned with openwork embroideries etc.
Today, the Beninese traditional outfits normally include the typical “Bomba” dresses which are designed as tunics and trousers for men and a loincloth and a top for women. As the majority lives in the coastal areas, the women living on the coast usually wear the colorful African pagnes embellished with stunning patterns and gorgeous artwork. Matching headscarves are also essential part of their traditional dresses. Muslim Beninese women cover their bodies with three piece clothes. One piece of cloth is used as a wrapper around the waist, one around the chest, and one covers the head. Using of veil and scarf is also common in the Muslim women in Benin.
The traditional dress for Beninese men is loose, long and is having boubou –style cotton shirts over pants. In the formal versions, the embroidered boubou is also becoming popular with both men and women. This dress is prepared with lot of skilled toil and it may cost too much. In the present times, the Beninese designers have introduced fusions between traditional and modern dressing. The fabric mostly comprises of traditional cloth for making the shirts, pants and even other type of outer-garments.
The folk costumes of Benin include the West African dashiki, which is a colorful men’s garment covering the top half of the body. It has both formal and informal versions and varies from simple draped clothing to fully tailored suits. Most grooms wear white dashiki suits during wedding ceremonies. Black and red are the traditional colours of mourning. Many men wear a bowler hat with the lace dashiki suit.
Traditional dress of Benin is a prime example of the historic brilliance of Africa. It truly represents the indigenous colours and stunning Negro customs. Tourists, who pay visit to this wonderful country of Africa, fascinate themselves by participating in the folk and conventional festivities where the Beninese performers dress up the colorful traditional costumes.
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The professional female dancers all around the lovely planet are popular for their phenomenal demonstrations of their astounding art and they earn big name through their exuberant performances both locally and internationally. Their spell-binding and rhythmic movements with musical beats make them really distinctive as compare to the other types of artists. Dancing is utterly unique from other kinds of performing arts. There are numerous categories of dances in the world what’re recognized by their choreography and their originality. The top women dancers possess magical command over their expressions, movements and feelings while dancing. Nowadays the women dancers are usually employed on contract or for particular performances or productions. In every category of dance in the world like ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, salsa, oriental, flamenco, bhangra, odissi woman dancers have obtained immense popularity. We’ve prepared a list of 50 top women dancers and best female hoofers of the world of present times with their blazing photographs and other details including dates of birth. They are today considered the genuine crowd-pullers in the entertaining gatherings and other ceremonial functions all around the world.
1. Sheikh Adabel Anahí Guerrero Melachenko - Born on July 18, 1978 and better known simply as Adabel Guerrero. She is an eminent Argentine professional theater and burlesque dancer, actress and supervedette who has also dabbled as a model and as a singer in several of her television, magazine and theater appearances. Guerrero has also worked as a television co-hostess and panelist.
2. Adriana Bombom, known with the stage name of Adriana Soares. She was born in Rio de Janeiro on January 8, 1974. She is an exotic Brazilian dancer, model, television host and actress.
3. Alexandra Noel Ansanelli is a gorgeous American ballet dancer. She is a principal dancer by occupation. She received the Jerome Robbins Award in 2011. She remained as The Royal Ballet (2006-2009).
4. Alina Somova was born on 22 October 1985 and is a glorious Russian ballet dancer. In 2014 she is a principal dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet of Saint Petersburg. She was also featured in the documentary “Ballerina“.
5. Anna Tsygankova was born in 1979 and is a graceful Russian ballet dancer. After terms with the Bolshoi and the Hungarian National Ballet, she joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2008 where she is a principal dancer.
6. Anu Viheriäranta was born in 1982 and is a phenomenal Finnish ballet dancer. She joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2005 where she became a grand sujet in 2005, a soloist in 2007 and a principal in 2010.
7. Aurélie Dupont was born on 15 January 1973 in Paris and is a magnificent French ballet dancer who performs with the Paris Opera Ballet as an Étoile.
8. Bernadette Mary Flynn was born on 1 August 1979 in Ireland. This wonderful Irish dancer is best known for her work in Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames.
9. Carla Körbes is a beautiful Brazilian ballet dancer who performs as a principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Korbes was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Korbes was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2006.
10. Daria Klimentova was born on 23 June 1971 and is a renowned Czech ballet dancer and photographer. In 1992, she joined Cape Town City Ballet as principal. In 1993, she joined Scottish Ballet as a principal and in 1996, English National Ballet as a principal dancer.
11. Deedar was born on May 15, 1979 in Lahore and is a tantalizing Pakistani stand-up comedian and stage dancer and actress. She is famous for her work in Punjabi dramas. Deedar is best known for her dancing skills in Pakistani songs and movies.
12. Dena Kaplan was born on 20 January 1989 and is a superb South African-born Australian actress, singer and dancer. She is known for her role as Abigail Armstrong in Dance Academy.
13. Dina Talaat Sayed Muhammad was born on March 27, 1965 and is a fantastic Egyptian belly dancer and actress. She was named as the “Last Egyptian Dancer” by the American magazine Newsweek.
14. Dorothée Gilbert was born in 1983 and is a French ballerina who dances with Paris Opera Ballet. In 2007, she was nominated Etoile after a performance of Nutcracker.
15. Edyta Herbus was born on February 26, 1981 in Kielce, Poland and is a spell-binding Polish dancer, model and actress. Edyta was the winner of the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 with partner Marcin Mroczek representing Poland.
16. Egle Spokaite was born in 1971 in Vilnius and is a breathtaking Lithuanian ballet dancer, prima ballerina of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater (1989–2011). She is also Winner of the Lithuanian National Prize.
17. Eleonora Abbagnato was born on 30 June 1978 and is a brilliant Italian ballet dancer, model and actress. She is currently an Etoile at the Paris Opera Ballet.
18. Erina Takahashi was born in Hokkaido, Japan and is a stunning Senior Principal dancer with the English National Ballet. She became a Principal dancer in 2000 and has been promoted to Lead Principal dancer in 2007.
19. Eva María Garrido Garcia, known professionally as Eva Yerbabuena, is a dazzling Spanish flamenco dancer. She formed her own dance company in 1998 and won Spain‘s National Dance Prize (Premio Nacional de Danza) in 2001.
20. Evelina Papoulia was born in Athens, Greece on 25 March 1971 and is a cherished Greek actress/dancer. From 2006 until 2008, she was a judge at the Greek version of “So You Think You Can Dance”.
21. Faye Leung was born on 18 March 1979 and was the senior principal dancer of the Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) from 1996 to 2008. As of 2011, she is the lead actress in The House of Dancing Water, a water-based show in City of Dreams.
22. Hanan Tork was born on March 7, 1975 and is a vibrant Egyptian actress and former ballerina. Hanan also serves as a worldwide ambassador for the international charity Islamic Relief.
23. Helene Bouchet was born in 1980 and is a popular French ballet dancer who joined the Hamburg Ballet in 1998. She has been a principal there since 2005. Bouchet received the Silver Medal at the 20th Varna International Ballet Competition in 2002.
24. Hina Shaheen was born on 13 February 1971 and is a distinguished Pakistani TV, film stage actress and stage dancer. Shaheen was born in Lahore. She is particularly famous for her super hit dance in stages plays. Her stage dramas almost sold out before starting.
25. Immodesty Blaize also known as Kelly Fletcher was born in England. She is a marvelous British burlesque dancer who performs internationally. She was crowned Reigning Queen of Burlesque in June 2007.
26. Isha Sharvani was born on 29 September 1984 in Gujarat. She is a sizzling Indian Contemporary dancer and actress. She has also starred in some Bollywood and other Indian films.
27. Ji-Young Kim was born on July 26, 1978 and is a high-profiled South Korean prima ballerina and is currently a principal dancer with the Korea National Ballet (KNB) in Seoul, South Korea.
28. Jurgita Dronina was born on 27 March 1986 and is a resplendent Russian-Lithuanian ballet dancer. After a term with the Royal Swedish Ballet she joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2010 where she is a principal dancer.
29. Karina Smirnoff also known as Karina Smirnova was born on January 2, 1978 and is a scintillating American Ukrainian professional ballroom dancer of Greek-Russian descent. She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion.
30. Kathrin Menzinger was born on 24 September 1988 in Vienna and is a fabulous Austrian dancer. She started to dance at the age of 3, first with ballet, but soon changed to Ballroom and Latin dancing.
31. Kim Joo-won was born in 1978 and is a pretty South Korean prima ballerina who has danced for 15 years with the Korean National Ballet (KNB).
32. Kirsty Martin was born in 1976 and is an enthralling Australian ballet dancer. She was a star and principal of the Australian Ballet (AB), dancing for the company from 1995 until she retired in 2011.
33. Maia Makhateli was born in 1986 and is a shining Georgian ballet dancer. After terms with the Colorado Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet, she joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2006 where she now is a principal dancer.
34. Maria Noel Riccetto is a tremendous Uruguayan ballet dancer and former soloist with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). She was born in 1980.
35. Methil Devika is a dance research scholar, educator, performer and choreographer who hails from Palakkad. She was born on 5 April 1977 in Dubai.
36. Misa Kuranaga was born in Osaka Prefecture and is a ravishing Japanese ballerina at the Boston Ballet. In 2006 she won the senior gold medal at the USA International Ballet Competition.
37. Nargis was born in 1974 and is an astounding Pakistani film actress and a stage dancer, whose real name is Ghazallah. She is a well known Dancer of Pakistani filmi culture. She had appeared regularly in stage plays.
38. Nathalie Nordquist was born on May 7, 1979 and is an amazing Swedish ballerina, who has performed in the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and The Australian Ballet.
39. Nina Ananiashvili was born on March 28, 1963 and is a Georgian ballerina and artistic director of the State Ballet of Georgia. She was born in Tbilisi. She had performed well in several competitions.
40. Valentine Ruth “Ruthie” Henshall was born on 7 March 1967 and is an exquisite English actress, singer and dancer best known for her work in musical theatre. She is a five-time Olivier Award nominee.
41.Sara Pereyra Baras was born on April 25, 1971 and is a stylish female flamenco dancer, born in San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain. She is internationally famous and regularly tours the world.
42. Sasha Alexandra Waltz was born on 8 March 1963 and is an un-paralleled German choreographer, dancer and leader of the dance company Sasha Waltz and Guests.
43. Saskia Holbling was born on 6 March 1971 and is an impressive Austrian choreographer and dancer. In 2002 she was awarded the Austrian Dance Production Prize for other feature.
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Let’s go today to Bohemia. Are you confused? Ok, I mean Moravia. Still, didn’t understand? Czech Silesia. Yes, now you got it. I am talking about the landlocked but beautiful country from Europe, which is known today as the Czech Republic. The territories of this country were firstly inhabited by humans in the prehistoric era. Boii people were the first known immigrants to this part of the lovely planet and then this land witnessed the arrivals of Germanic and Slavic tribes.
The cultural history of the Czech Republic considerably starts from the era of Přemyslid dynasty in the 9th century. First proper crowning of the Bohemian king happened in 1085 and the era of the Bohemian kingdom started that lasted till middle ages. The 14th century is known in the Czech history as the reign of Charles IV (1342–78) which is the most significant for the cultural development of the Czech territory. It was a kingdom in the Holy Roman Empire, and the King was a Prince-Elector of the empire until its dissolution in 1806. After the fall of the Holy Roman Empire, Bohemia became part of the Austrian Empire and it will not be wrong to say that dark period in the history of the Czech Republic was started. The population of the Czech lands was declined by a third through war, disease, famine and the expulsion of Protestant Czechs.
With the collapse of the Austrian monarchy at the end of World War I, the independent country of Czechoslovakia was formed. Czechoslovakia remained a parliamentary democracy till the Germanic invasion in the World War II, when it was established as a German Protectorate. The regions of Slovakia were already under the control of Germany. At the end of the World War II, Soviet troops overran all of Slovakia, Moravia, and much of Bohemia, including Prague and the Czechs and Slovaks were again reunited. For the next 41 years, Czechoslovakia was a Communist state within the Eastern Bloc. In the 1970’s the country faced the Soviet invasion that was followed by a harsh program of “Normalization“. In November 1989, Czechoslovakia returned to a liberal democracy through the peaceful “Velvet Revolution“. And, ultimately on 1 January 1993, the country peacefully split into the independent Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Traditional dress of the Czech Republic is the legacy of the Bohemian and Moravian cultures. It also carries the influences of the Christian and Pagan traditions. Generally the traditional outfits in the country are beautifully crafted and embellished with exquisite embroidery. There are variations in the designs and patterns of the traditional dresses as the Czech Republic is divided into a number of ethnographic regions and each of them has regional costume.
Czech people wear their traditional costumes on special events and celebrations. The prominent of which are the annual Christmas eve, Easter festivities, Happy new year and the Feast of Three Kings. The trend of wearing folkloric dresses was developed in the 1950’s by the efforts of the Communist regime. Many events were organized on a regular pattern to evoke patriotic traditions. Folk dancing was popularized and the performers began to showcase the traditional and regional costumes of the country.
The modern youth of the Czech Republic stand far behind from the traditional dresses but still some elder people have kept alive the custom of wearing the traditional outfits. In the eastern parts of the Czech Republic, the people prefer to wear the homemade and hand-stitched garbs including skirts, aprons and other outer garments. In the western parts, the traditional dress is more adorned with gorgeous headwear and other brilliant accessories. In some families, costumes are handed down from generation to generation as they wish to preserve the tradition.
There are plenty of folklore performing groups in the Czech Republic of almost every kind. They are encouraged by the Czech government to promote the cultural heritage of the country and also to promote tourism industry. The authorities are also sensitive about the preservation of the local traditions and folklore and to pass the heritage on to the following generations.
Members of the folklore groups are enthusiasts of all ages: from little children through adolescents to adults. They all enjoy building up folklore spirit with dances, music and showing off beautiful folklore dresses, as well as performing in front of audiences at folklore festivals. Children are encouraged to participate wearing traditional outfits in folklore ensembles from a very early age.
Kroje which should be pronounced as Kroye is a specialty of the Czech Republic and its colors and materials vary from region to region. It normally consists of skirt, blouse, vest, apron and hat for the women. The bonnets or caps are typically worn by the married women while the single girl keeps flowers in her hair.
Normally the Czech woman’s clothing is a white blouse with very full color. The skirt is a solid, dark color. The bodice vest will probably be black. All items are heavily embroidered with cutwork and trim. The cap has a very large bow in back.
The Moravian clothing for women is a white blouse with very full sleeves which may be pleated. The apron is a dark, and sometimes white, material which is heavily embroidered with colorful cutwork. Flowers are worn in the hair with very long ribbon streamers and the cap has colorful embroidery on it, with perhaps a brim.
On the other side long plumes of feathers in a man’s cap indicate he is single; but, if the feathers are short, then he has been ‘plucked’ and is married. The Czech men also wear the embroidered trousers, shirts, vests and hats in their traditional dress. The typical outfit for men from Hana region of the Czech Republic is having a lot of accessories and adorned with multiple elements and features.
Modern Czech women normally wear short skirts basically finishing over mid thigh or even higher and it means that women of every age in Czech Republic dress this way. Showing the cleavage is also part of the woman’s dress code in the Czech Republic. In the cold winters, the women are seen wearing spray-on jeans tucked into knee-high boots. And the boots are normally having high and narrow heels.
Traditional dress of the Czech Republic is truly the legacy of the Bohemian and Moravian cultures, which is nowadays a vanishing feature of the stunning folklore of the country. Young generation of this country is normally reluctant to participate in the folk customs as they deem them non-relevant or obsolete factors of their society. Economic constraint is also a key factor for the rapid elimination of such costumes as they’re very expensive to be made. The only hope for the survival is the folklore community in the country who take it as the source of their earnings.
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