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Streetswings Dance History Archives: Folk Dance
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         Most American people think of a Folk dance as Square dancing today. However a Folk dance is 'any dance created by the people of the land without any influence of a choreographer', this includes all facets of dancing. In other words they just happen, they evolve into a dance shared by others in their region. The dance(s) are built up and practiced expressing the characteristic feelings of the people, according to the peculiarities of any racial temperament.

      These dances usually are mixtures of many dances to create one. They consist of partner dances, solo or freestyle, mixers, sets, line dances, festival, Religious, weddings etcetera. They often reflect the mood of the time during their most popular time of being done. They can reflect a musical style or

event and in their originality are usually not at a high level in difficulty but can get more difficult over time. The Folk dances of the U.S. all have names of patterns that may stem from Africa, Russia, Germany, Ireland, Scandinavia, Israel, Canada, Mexico, Cuba etc., as these lands gave us many different and varied cultures of dance through immigration and other avenues of influence.

      Folk dancers do not tend to isolate heritage, but rather embrace them. Folk dances such as the Square dance, Swing (U.S.), Rumba (Cuba), Polka (C. Europe) etc. are still popular today. Many dances are National and or State dances to dedicate their origin. Folk dance popularity has become a part of the Broadway Stage, the Ballet, Movies, socials and even the social Ballroom world.

      These dances when performed usually require the costume and authentic music made for the dance, rather than what is popular at the time or in style which adds to its beauty and ethnicity. In 1911 Cecil Sharpe founded the "Folk Dance and Song Society" in England to encourage research and to preserve the folk dances, their games and songs. The Int'l Folk Dance Association came along in the the 1920s.

      The ballet "Ozaï ,"choreographed by Jean Coralli at the Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique on April 26th, 1847 in Paris inspired by the voyages of the French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811) had introduced folk dances into the ballet stage.


Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

Everywhere ?1500s? (official naming) All Nationalities Folk
 

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Some Music Titles

n/a 1852 - Gipsy Schottisch Annie Laurie [MP3] (Scottish)
      1855 - Cuba Plantation Dance Arinrina/Arise (Mexican)
      1880's - Tarantelle Arkansas Traveler [MP3]
      1896 - Hebrew Nat'l Wedding Bontoc War Dance (Philippine)
      1902 - Hooligan Barn Dance Beautiful Moonlit Night [MP3] (Ukrainian)
      1927 - Kurdish Dance Country Waltz
      1937 - English Gardens Kamarinskaya [MP3] (Russian)
      Mexican Hat Dance Londonderry Air - Danny Boy [MP3]
            Oh Susannah
            Ramblin' Cowboy
            Richmond Hill - Old Country Dance (1689)
            Sir Roger de Coverley [MP3]
            The Beggar's Opera [MP3]
            Village Folk Dance (Rumanian)
            Paydouschko Horo (Bulgarian)
 

Night Clubs

Theaters

Locations (partial)

1925 - Carelli's Hall (NJ) n/a ~~ All Countries ...
            ... Africa, Albania, Armenia
            ... Balkans, Bolivia, Bulgaria

Folk Dance Clubs, etc

      ... Canada, Croatia, Czech
Alegria-Mexican Folk Dance Club.       ... Denmark, France, Germany
Balkan Folk Dance Group.       ... Greece, Gypsy (Rom),
Chesham Folk Dance Club.       ... Hungary, Israel, Iraq, Italy
Danish Folk Dance Club.       ... Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands
Finnish Folk Dance Clubs.       ... New England, Norway, Poland,
Hungarian Folk Dance Orgs.       ... Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia,
New Zealand Folk Dance Org.       ... Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland,
Nottingham Folk Dance Group       ... Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Yugoslavia
         
 
Video Clips (pop-up)

Various Films

Television

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1894 - A Highland Dance 1948 - Village Barn (also 1950)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1895 - Short Stick Dance 1949 - ABC Barn Dance  
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1897 - A Country Dance 1953 - Old American Barn Dance
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1897 - Skipping Rope Dance 1961 - Folk Music in the Concert Hall
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1898 - Hat Dance 1969 - Hee-Haw
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1898 - Tarantella, an Italian Dance 1972 - Folk Singer, The  
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1898 - Turkish Dance - Ella Lola Hollywood Barn Dance
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1901 - Sevillanas Dance  
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1907 - Nat'l Geisha Dance of Japan
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1929 - Barn Dance      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1931 - Banga talyeong      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1938 - The Old Barn Dance [DVD]

Radio

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1940 - Swingin' in the Barn 1930's - HO - Barn Dance Frolic
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1940 - Village Barn Dance 1930s - WLS Barn Dance
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1943 - National Barn Dance      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1943 - Ukrainian Dance      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1947 - Hollywood Barn Dance      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1949 - Sat Night Square Dance

Publications

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1949 - Square Dance Jubilee 1940s - Barn Dance Magazine
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1950 - Cavalcade of Broadway: Village Barn 1941 - Folk Dancer Magazine
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1950 - Square Dance Katy? 9/1961 - Down East Mag.
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1953 - Folk Dances of India Square Dance Magazine
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1955 - Oklahoma [DVD]      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1961 - Danse carrée      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1968 - Finian's Rainbow [DVD]

Ballets / Stage

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1969 - Paint Your Wagon [DVD] 1914 - At The Barn
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 19?? - Folk Dances of Gujarat 1938 - Heart Of The Hills
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1981 - Russian Folk Song and Dance [DVD] 1942 - Folksay
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1984 - Dance Music 1948 - Oklahoma   
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1987 - Square Dance? [DVD] 2000- Riverdance - On Broadway
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1987 - Spirit Moves Cambodian Folk Dance Festival
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1990 - The Forbidden Dance [DVD]      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1991 - Chase The Devil: Religious So. Appalachian Music [DVD]      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1993 - Dancing: Lord of the Dance [DVD]      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1994 - Khorovod      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1997 - 'In Search of English Folk Song        
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1997 - Lord of the Dance [DVD] (Flatley)      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 2000 - The Mississippi-River of Song [DVD]      
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers      
         
 

Some Various Folk Dances ... (not a complete List, there are literally hundreds and hundreds)

A Russian Dance French Le Stoupic (France) Little Four Dance
Ajd 'na Levo (Croatia) Gavotte de Guemene Little Man In A Fix
Ali Pasha (Turkey) Gavotte de Quimper Moravian Kanafaska
Bacvanka (Bulgaria) German Seven Steps New Bavarian, the
Belasicko oro (Macedonia) Gustaf's Skoal Nixie Polka
Bean Setting (see Moorish) Grand Square Norwegian Feiar
Birdie In The Cage German Schuhplatter Norwegian Mt.. March
Black Nag, the Handkerchief Dance Norwegian Tantoli
Blue-eyed Stranger Highland Fling Norwegian Ril
Chimes Of Denmark, the Highland Schottische Norwegian Rugen
Circle, the Hopak (Ukraine) Oxen Dance
Cocek (Rom) Hora Olteneasca (Romania) Oxford Minuet
Cossack Dance Hull's Victory Paw Paw Patch
Crested Hen, the Hundson House Polka, Polonez (Poland)
Cuban Rumba (Cuba) Hungarian Csardas Reinlander
Czech. Four Steps (Czech) Hungarian Csebogar Rufty Tufty
Danish Masquerade In The Green Meadow Rye Waltz
Danish Minuet Irish Jig, Irish Set, Irish Lilt Samba(Brazil)
Dhivaratikos, Syrtos (Greece) Irish Long Dance (Ireland) Schottische
Dirty Dance (USA) Koroboushka (Russia) Serbian Kolo, Srbijanka (Serbia)
El Jarabe Tapatio (aka Mexican Hat Dance) Kostursko Oro (Macedonia) Shoo Fly
English Ceilidh (England) Kynkkaliepakko Sleights Sword Dance
English Harvester Dance (England) La Boudigueste Square Dance
Erev Ba, T'filah (Israel) La Cucaracha (Mexico) Straw Cutter, the
European Polka La Raspa (Mexico) Stupid One Turning Quickly
Finnish Kerenski (Finland) La Virgencita Swedish Hambo (Sweden)
Finnish Radiko (Finland) Las Iquiris Swedish Rug Dance (Sweden)
Finnish Reel (Finland) Laz Bar (Armenia) Swiss Weggis Dance
Foot Swinging Dance Los Matlanchines Swiss Lauterbach
French Branle Gascon (France) Los Viejitos Tarantella(Italy)
French - Gavotte de Pont-Aven Lambada Trottartt (Italy)
French Jabado (France) Lauterbach Varsiovienne
  Lindy Hop (America)  
... Many Ballroom Dances
 

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Political

Many, Many Dancers Moscow Folk Ballet Company n/a
Don Cossack dancers Nathan Vizonsky  
Henry Ford Pyatnitsky Song & Dance Ensemble  
Herbertt Stanley  Siberian Singers and Dancers  
Moldavian Nat'l Song & Dance Ensemble Uzbekistan Nat'l Song & Dance Ensemble  
Moiseyev Dance Company Victor Sylvester  
 

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title Author Date Publisher
Folk Dance Crampton, C. Ward 1909 n/a
The Folk Dance Book Crampton, C. Ward 1915 A.S. Barnes Company
World History Of Dance Sachs, Curt 1937 Norton & Co.
Old Time Dancing Ford, Henry 1943r Dearborn
$ Folk Dances Of US & Mexico Duggan, Schlottman, Rutledge 1948 n/a
Folk Dance Library Duggan, Schlottman, Rutledge 1953 A.S. Barnes & Co.
Turk Milli Oyunlarindian Orknekler Conger, Mumtaz 1960 Halkin Sesi
Folk Dancing A Guide for Schools Kraus, Richard 1967 Macmillan Company
Folk Dance Tillman, J. 1969 Goodyear Publishing Co.
$ Folk Music and Dances of Ireland Breathnach, Breandan
1971 Ossian Pub. LTD
$ Mexican Folk Dance Vicki Corona
1986 Earth Dance Int'l Pub.
Teaching Movement & Dance Weikart, Phyllis S. 1989 n/a
$ Dancing through History Cass, Joan 1993 Benjamin/ Cummings
Dance A While Harris, Pittman, Waller 1994 (first published in 1950)
$ Steppin' on the Blues: The Visible Malone, Jacqui 1996 Univ. of Illinois Pr
$ Folk Dances from France Long, Susan 1997 Warner Brothers
$ Recreational Folk Dance Anderson, Colleen Nelson 1998 Kendall/Hunt Publishing
$ Ancient Egyptian Dances Lexova & Bergman 2000 Dover Pub.
$ Tibetan Sacred Dance: A Journey Pearlman, Ellen
2002 Inner Traditions Intl. LTD
 

Musicians

Bands

Singers

Poets / Writers

Bela Bartok Carson Robison Johnny Bond n/a
Benny Goodman Georgia Wildcats    Mitrofan Pyatnitsky  
Flatt & Scruggs Kingston Trio $ Patsy Montana    
Woody Guthrie  Maple City Four Peter, Paul & Mary    
  Prairie Ramblers Rosalie Allen     
 

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

Bagpipe Contre Danse Folklore / Folkloric Spoons
Barn Dance Cotillion Folklorico Washboard
Blue Grass Danse Hambone  
Caller  Ethnologic Dance  Hoe-down   
Civil War Fiddler / Banjo Mexican conjuntos  
 

Other...

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