Tanec (Macedonian: Танец) is an eminent, large professional folklore musical ensemble from Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. It is considered as an ambassador of the Macedonian folklore tradition worldwide.
The Tanec Ensemble of folklore dances and songs of Macedonia was founded by the Government of the People’s Republic of Macedonia in 1949 with an aim to collect, preserve and present the Macedonian folklore: folk songs and folk dances, folk instruments, national costumes etc.
The ensemble inspired by Macedonian culture and traditions also has a junior ensemble.
During the several decades of its existence Tanec has taken part in over 3500 concerts and festivals around the world including: USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, ex-USSR republics, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Kuwait, Israel, Egypt, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Zaire and many other countries as well as concerts across the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
The ensemble has received numerous awards. Its first major success was the First Prize at the International Festival in Llangollen, UK in 1950. Since then, Tanec won numerous prizes. In 2008, Tanec received the "Order of Merits for Macedonia".
The dance on this video comes from the Pirin region, which is now in Bulgaria. Macedonians in Bulgaria still keep their roots and connections with the mother land.