The Choliya dance is a dance form which is more than 1000 years old, and has its origins in the Khasiya Kingdom of Khasesh. The Rajputs perform this dance at their weddings as a part of the marriage processions. It is performed by the Rajputs with swords and shields in pairs while the drummers are usually Harijans who are known as Dholies.
The costumes consist of a Churidar Pyjama, one long Chola, one cross belt, one belt round the waist, pattis on the legs and a turban. The face is decorated beautifully with chandan or sandalwood paste, while the ear-rings, a bronze shield and real sword complete the picture. Specially trained in this form of dance, these Rajput dancers come from the Champawat and Almora. The full team consists of about 22 person, eight of which are dancers, and 14 musicians.