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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    a lively dance from Provence; all the dancers join hands and execute various figures
    a Polish national dance in triple time
    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
    a British solo dance performed by sailors
    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
    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
    a square-dance figure; two dancers approach each other and circle back to back before returning to their original places
    a square dance figure; couples march counterclockwise in a circle
    a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps
    a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
    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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    type of:
    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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