Here's the colorful cover of a program for the Kabardinka State Folk Dance Ensemble of the Kabardino-Balkarian ASSR.
Let's start with the second part of that. The Kabardino-Balkar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (that's a mouthful) was an autonomous republic within Soviet Russia from 1936 to 1991. It is a region of just 4,800 square miles in the North Caucasus mountains.
Kabardino-Balkar Republic and is a federal subject of Russia. Its capital is Nalchik (seen at right), which in 1974 was the birthplace of pop singer Katya Lel, who is perhaps best known for the hit song "Moy Marmeladny."
This program cover, which features the logo and name of the Russian travel agency Intourist, measures 7¾ inches wide by 8¾ inches tall. Here is the full English text from the two inside pages. For some of the dances, there are links to YouTube videos.
of the Kabardino-Balkarian ASSR
- ISLAMEI, GROUP DANCE, Ensemble
- DANCE OF TWO FRIENDS, A. Khahukoyev and Kh. Shomakhov
- KAFA, FOLK DANCE, Ensemble. Soloes [sic] by V. Misakova, T. Tokova, K. Sottayev, People's Artist of the KBASSR and F. Keshev
- DAGGER DANCE, V. Shogenov [link to picture]
- GOLLUH, FOLK DANCE, Men's dancing group, solo by K. Sottayev
- GIRLS' DANCE, Women's dancing group
- FOLK DANCE, Dancing group
- MOUNTAINEERS' DANCE, Men's dancing group
- BRIDEGROOMS, MOCK DANCE, A. Shabaev, Merited Artist of the KBASSR, and F. Keshev
- ABZEKH, FOLK DANCE, Ensemble. Solo by M. Alakayev, Merited Artist of the RSFSR
- UDZH-KHESHT, FOLK DANCE, Ensemble
- A DATE, DANCE SCENE, Dancing group
- ISLAMEI DANCE FOR COUPLES, Z. Dzakhmysheva, Merited Artist of the KBASSR, V. Misakova, K. Dzakhmyshev, Merited Artist of the KBASSR, and E. Maryshev
- GAN-DA-GAN, ADJARIAN DANCE, Ensemble
- KARTULI, GEORGIAN DANCE, L. Karezheva, Merited Artist of the KBASSR, Zh. Aloyeva, F. Keshev and E. Maryshev
- ON THE MOUNTAIN PASTURE, Men's dancing group
- AKUSHI FOLK DANCE, Women's dancing group
- AT THE SPRING, CHOREOGRAPHIC SCENE, Ensemble
- FISHING, DANCE SCENE, A. Shabaev and F. Keshev
- KABARDINKA, FOLK DANCE, Ensemble
You can also check out this Facebook video, which features the actual Kabardian State Folk Dance Ensemble. If your interest is piqued by this topic, you can learn more at the Circassian music Wikipedia entry.