MUSIC AND DANCE SAMPLES

The international dance community does dances from nearly every country in the world. There are thousands of dances and just as many pieces of music. Below is a very small sample of music you might hear and video clips of dances you might see at a class or club where international folk dance are done.

Be aware that if you type "folk dance" into the search engine on youtube or any similar video website, what you will see are predominantly performing groups in costumes, with musicians and elaborate choreographies. The videos you will see on this webpage are "regular folk" at recreational dance classes and clubs.

[If you don't see a particular country on the list, it does not mean that dances from that country are not part of the repertoire; it's a matter of space on this web page and what is available to share.]

MUSIC SAMPLES
 
VIDEOS OF DANCES
Country
Sample
 
Country
Video
Description
Albania
Valle Pogoniste
 
Albania
A dance for strong flexible young men.
Armenia
Khumkhma
 
Belgium
't Smidje, a change-partner dance popular with young dancers all over Europe!
Bulgaria
Takanata
 
Bulgaria
Practicing a Bulgarian line dance -- Kardamska Zborenka -- with a master teacher.
Croatia
Drmes Iz Zdencine
 
French Canada
La Bastringue, a change-partner dance that's been popular for many years!
Greece
Syrtos
 
Greece
Ballaristos, a lively line dance performed by a group of young dancers.
Hungary
Olahos
 
Israel
Korim Lanu Lalechet, an energetic circle dance
Israel
Erev Ba
 
Macedonia
Shopka, a fast circle dance
Macedonia
Ako Umram
 
Hungary
Couples dancing to live music
Poland
Ada's Kuyawiak
 
Rom
We're still selecting the videos
Rom (Gypsy)
Te Aven Baxtale
 
Romania
Practicing a Romanian dance with a master teacher
Romania
Hora Nuntasilor
 
Italian
Giga, an Italian dance for flirtatious couples
Russia
Ya Da Kalinusha
 
Sweden
Couples dancing to live music
Serbia
Opsa
 
Turkey
Turkish dancing at a wedding.
Sweden
Hambo
 
United States
Salty Dog Rag, a dance created in the U.S. for international folk dancers that they've enjoyed for decades!
Turkey
Felek
 
English
The Bonnie Cuckoo, a stately English set dance