Armenian dance derives its value from centuries of rich history in Armenian culture. Armenian poetry, song and dance are emotional expressions of pain, suffering, unity, joy and love. For example, Armenian line dance, performed while holding hands, or with arms on each others’ shoulders, symbolizes unity, harmony and encouragement. In line dances there is always a “Bar-Bashi” or leader, who, with red handkerchief in hand, guides the line of dancers during the entire dance. Interestingly, the movement of the feet are often more important than the rest of the body. For instance, the stomping of the ground telling the story of lost Armenian lands.