Folk Dance

Learning dance steps, and styles of folk dances from different countries. Understanding basic dance formations, positions, and terminology.

Course Details

Folk Dance

Ninth Grade Tenth Grade Eleventh Grade Twelfth Grade

UNIT 1 (January)

Intro to Class Procedures

Definition and Origins of Folk Dancing and dance terminology
Dance is B.E.S.T in folk dance context) >> B = Body shaping/styling; E =  Energy qualities (soft, percussive, lyrical/smooth, etc.); S = Space – dance formations: circle, contra, linear, combination; T = Time: music qualities – tempo, rhythm of footwork etc.

 Circle formation dances:  Las Bastrigue (French Canada), Od Lo Ahavti Dai (Israel), Dona Dona (Israel), Gallopade (England), Doubleska Polka (Czech Republic)

begin Mexican footwork

UNIT 2 – (February) 

Contra formation dances of US and UK: Oh Susanna (US), Merry Merry Milkmaids (England), DAshing White Seargent and Strip the Willow (Scotland)

Focus on Eight hand jig (Ireland) for Girls and Morris (England) dancing for Boys

Intro to Polka

UNIT 3 – (March)

 Partnering essentials – Troika (Russia), Sternpolka (Germany), La Cucaracha (Mexico), Hungarian dance

Learn Kalinka dance for Russian and Ukrainian styling

Performance quality

Unit 4 – (April)

Greek and Romanian line dancing

Festival Prep

Unit 5 – (May)

Turkish or Indian dance styling

End of Year review and final prep

Mrs. Amy Robinson

Amy has taught with the Arts in Education program of Utah through Tanner for several years, teaching children of all ages creative movement in the schools and in the studio. She loves the connection of curriculum and movement which facilitates deeper layers of learning! At BYU she danced and traveled with the the International Folk Dance team as well as the Modern Dance team. She was delighted to help bring together the first Folk Festival for the AHS Salt Lake campus in 2023 and is looking forward continuing that tradition. Being a wife and a mother of 6 are Amy’s very favorite things!