There are many different folk dances; the term folk dance is a general type of dance, from which many variations derive. Here are some general aspects (each does not neccesarily apply to every dance)
  • They are dances performed at social functions by people with little or no professional training, often to traditional music or music based on traditional music.
  • They are not designed for public performance or the stage, although traditional folkdances may be later arranged and set for stage performances.
  • Their execution is dominated by an inherited tradition rather than by innovation (although like all folk traditions they do change over time)
  • New dancers often learn informally by observing others and/or receiving help from others.

Folk dances vary from country to country, each country's traditions having their effect on the dance.


Steps

Lines advance 4 steps, retire 4 steps.
Do-si-do
R/H Turn, L/H Turn
Circle left and circle right
R/H Star, L/H Star (join hands with another couple so all four chn are circling around)
Complete in a group of 7 or 8
Top pair hold hands and gallop down to the end of the set.
Everybody swing.

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