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Intore Dance of Peace

The male dance, known as Intore in the Kinyarwanda language, were traditionally warriors.

The females' dance, on the other hand, is often compared to ballet. It is meant to show the grace and beauty of Rwandan women as well as emulating cattle's movement. Cattle is a form of wealth in Rwandan and Burundian culture.

Rwandan dancing was first introduced to the American public through the movie "King Solomon's Mines" (1950). Soon after, a dance craze called
"The Watusi" loosely based on the Intore swept America.   
Rwandan dancing, however, is performed by all three of Rwanda's ethnic groups: Hutu, Tutsi and Twa.

From the Ikinimba through the Imishayayo to the Intore, men dance to show courage and authority, while women dance to show love and care.
Ikinimba is part of the traditional courtship ritual. It is danced by men and unmarried women.
When a woman marries, she may no longer participate in the dance, but men may perform the dance after they are married.

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