Folk Dance

The term folk dance describes dances that share some or all of the following attributes:

  • 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.

More controversially, some people define folk dancing as dancing for which there is no governing body or dancing for which there are no competitive or professional performances.

Read more about Folk Dance:  Terminology, Europe, Middle East & South Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America

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Maud Karpeles - 1932 and After
... The "English Folk Dance Society" (EFDS) merged with the "Folk-Song Society" (FSS) in 1932 to become the "English Folk Dance and Song Society" (EFDSS) ... songs, and all the profits came from teaching dances and selling song-books ... Karpeles organised the International Folk Dance Festival and Conference in London in 1935 ...
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