folk dance

Definitions of folk dance
  1. noun
    a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
    synonyms: folk dancing
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    farandole
    a lively dance from Provence; all the dancers join hands and execute various figures
    mazurka
    a Polish national dance in triple time
    polka
    a Bohemian dance with 3 steps and a hop in fast time
    morris dance, morris dancing
    any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costume
    sword dance, sword dancing
    any of various dances by men who step nimbly over swords or flourish them in the air
    hornpipe
    a British solo dance performed by sailors
    jig
    any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
    contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country dancing, country-dance
    a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
    ring dance, round dance
    a folk dance; dancers form a circle
    rhumba, rumba
    a folk dance in duple time that originated in Cuba with Spanish and African elements; features complex footwork and violent movement
    schottische
    a German round dance resembling a slow polka
    longways, longways dance
    country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other
    square dance, square dancing
    American country dancing in which couples form squares
    do-si-do
    a square-dance figure; two dancers approach each other and circle back to back before returning to their original places
    promenade
    a square dance figure; couples march counterclockwise in a circle
    sashay
    a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps
    swing
    a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
    landler
    a moderately slow Austrian country dance in triple time; involves spinning and clapping
    type of:
    social dancing
    dancing as part of a social occasion
  2. verb
    perform a folk-dance
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    dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
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