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Posted By: BobL
05-Mar-15 - 04:58 AM
Thread Name: Is this genuine folk dancing?
Subject: RE: Is this genuine folk dancing?
A friend of mine always insisted that for the perfect example of a true folk dance, look no further than the Hokey Cokey. Admittedly urban tradition rather than country, and Maori in origin rather than English, but definitely traditional. Can't argue.

Pan's People are doing an excellent dance routine based on traditional steps and movements. As did the cast at the end of plays sometime in the 18th century, only their routines were sometimes published by the local dancing masters and the directions have survived. Country dancing taken to its limits perhaps, although not folk-dancing as we know it.