5 folk dances from around the world

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Folk dance around the world

Folk dance is supposed to showcase the life and traditions of a region, country or people and it is developed by the people. It doesn’t represent the upper class alone, it is a dance of the people. It could be obtained from previous forms of dance or just suddenly emerge from the people. Whether with rigid structures or free-form, folk dance is passed down through the ages and scarcely changes.

Folk dance is part of the cultural education of some regions and it is always a part of social events and festivals. Here is the gist of folk dance around the world.

Europe

European folk dances mirror the different cultures of the nations, many predating existing national borders. One Austrian/German dance, Schuhplattler, where participators slap their shoe soles can be traced back to 1030 AD.

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North America

One of the popular North American folk dances is square dancing where four pairs of dancers start off facing each other in a square and taking commands from a caller. Contra dancing and clogging are popular too. Native American folk dances are connected to cultural and religious rituals.

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South America

South American folk dancing has Spanish roots with some African influence. 18th century folk dances like seguidilla and fandango are still seen today. Couples were placed in a scattered formation and did not touch all through the dance while they kept eye contact.

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Africa

African folk dance is vital to the culture. One of such is the Ethiopian Eskita dance where dancers bounce their shoulder blades while rolling the shoulders and contracting the chest.

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Asia

Asian folk dances display diversity of culture and rich history of the Asian continent. Russian and Chinese folk dances come from different ethnic groups but the Indian people have popular dances like Baladi, Bhangra and Garba.

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