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Folk dances are recreational dances that have been passed on from generation to generation. The inclusion of folk dancing in the curriculum should be encouraged as part of the countries cultural heritage.

The primary purpose of folk dance is participation. Folk dance is built around basic coordination, simple locomotor, movement sequences and uncomplicated dance steps. Folk dance includes circle and line dances, single partner, mixed partner, individual dances and group performance dances.

Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • develop knowledge, understanding, and skills of folk dance.
  • develop a basic rhythymic competency
  • develop creativity through changes in floor pattern and group formation
  • erform short dances including dances from different traditions
  • enhance their awareness of the cultures the dances represent
  • describe, analyse and intrepret dances recognising differences.












Clap Dance (Germany)
Line or circle formation Couples Dance.
Step - Gallop Unit 2 -

Syphspring (Denmark)
Large circle. No partners required.
Step - Skipping and walking.

Walls of Limerick (Ireland) Progressive Dance. Partners.
Step - Hop, 1, 2, 3. (Jig)

The Hazelnut (Balkan Countries)
Circle Dance, No partners required.
Step - side step.

The Vleegard ( Holland)
Square set. Partners.
Step - Gallop

The Mexican Waltz (Mexico)
Line Dance. Partners
Step - Waltz step.


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Students may be asked to define culture and describe the components that make up a culture, such as religion, environment, diet and customs. Folk dance lends itself to creativity, through changes in floor pattern and group formation. Teachers may include this idea into each folk dance, as they wish. Do not lose the characteristic of the folk dance. It is suggested that teachers isolate the various components of the dance and work on individual sections, before introducing the complete formation.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 16:02

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