Folk dance

Folk dance

Folk dance, generally have European origin. Folk dance is a form of dance often performed by a group of people who wish to conserve or express a national or ethnic sentiment and shows the traditional life of the people of a country or region.

Folk dances are usually presented during social events by people with little or no professional preparation.

Types of folk dance
Types of folk dance include:
  • Clogging
  • English country dance
  • International folk dance
  • Irish dance
  • Maypole dance
  • Morris dance
  • Nordic polska dance
  • Ball de bastons,
  • Square dance
  • Sword dance

Many choreographed dances such as contra dance, Israeli folk dance, Scottish country dance, and modern Western square dance, are called folk dances, but this is not true in the strictest sense. Some country dances and ballroom dances derived from folk dances, with gradual sophistication over the years.

Traditionally, folk dance was done by the common people of the local culture; but this style of dance has received some popularity on college campuses and community centers inside the United States and other countries.

List of ethnic, regional, and folk dances arranged by origin: