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What Is Folk Dance?

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Question: What Is Folk Dance?
Answer: Folk dance is a form of dance developed by a group of people that reflects the traditional life of the people of a certain country or region. Folk dancing originated in the 18th century to distinguish dance forms of common people from those of the upper classes. The steps of folk dances are passed through generations, rarely being changed. Folk dancing is usually associated with social activities, although some folk dances are performed competitively.

Many children's games are traditional folk dances, such as "The Farmer in the Dell" and "London Bridge." Today, popular folk dances include square dancing, clogging, contra dancing, highland dancing and Irish jigs.

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