Pink Steppe Girls

"Khatar" Dancers

A giggle from the girls, it’s their first photo session with a foreigner!

At the Surharban horse races, I trolled the infield speaking with racers and event staff to learn more about this fascinating steppe festival. I couldn’t help noticing a gaggle of pink girls hanging out in a van near the event HQ. They were so striking, I didn’t resist asking them for a photo shoot. Their bright smiles radiated their pleasure at being asked. They readily agreed, even performing one of their dances for me! Their traditional pink deels made the steppe gasp in awe as they moved rhythmically across her. Dancing flowers under the sun.Steppe Dancer 3Steppe dancer 1steppe dancer 2Steppe Dancer 4 Ailana, Surzhana, Alexandra and Uyan-Selmeg are flowers of the village “Upper Ivolga” and dancers in a group called “Hatar”. There are two traditional dance groups known as Hatar, a younger one and an older one. The girls are excited to join the older group who gets to travel to France to perform. Then they will be dancing flowers in Paris!

I love this shot, where you can see their tenny-runners under their outfits.

I love this shot, where you can see their tenny-runners under their outfits.