Beginning Folk Dances


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Beginning Folk Dances
By Phyllis Weikart
6 DVD set  
Over 14 hours of footage

There are 134 dances in this set of 6 DVDs. For each dance, there is a teaching strategies section taught by Phyllis, followed by a demonstration of the entire sequence performed by a mixed-aged group of students. The dances are organized by motor development difficulty so they can be taught sequentially.

The program includes a special section giving examples of the SAY & DO process that helps students improve their mastery of the dances. There are also demonstrations of basic folk dance steps and patterns, handholds and formations. Dance directions are also found in Weikart's Teaching Movement & Dance (825653).

The Rhythmically Moving CDs (850843-850851 or set 850842) have the audio only for the dances.

List of Dances:
DVD 1:
Level I Dances

Brian Boru's March, Fjaskern, Haya Ze Basadeh, Irish Stew, Les Saluts, The Little Shoemaker, Oh How Lovely, Progressive Circle Dance, Progressive Circle Dance II, Southwind, Te Ve Orez, Troika, Two-Part Dance, Yankee Doodle.

DVD 2:
Level II Dances
Big Circle Dance, Count 64, Sliding, Yankee Doodle II, Zigeunerpolka; Alley Cat, Djurdjevka Kolo, Pata Pata, Peat Fire Flame, Soldier's Joy; All the Way to Galway, Close Encounters, Close Encounters II, The Hustle, Iste Hendek; Bannielou Lambaol, Erev Shel Shoshanim, Nigun, Nigun II, Sneaky Snake; Ais Giorgis, Amos Moses, Dimna Juda, Echo, Happy Feet, Hasapikos.

DVD 3:
Level II Dances

Level II: The Little Shoemaker II, Pravo Horo, Tipsy; Ajde Noga Za Nogama, Bulgarian Dance, Gaelic Waltz, Kendime, Pata Pata II.

Level III Dances
Bele Kawe, Chiotikos, Cumberland Square, Debka Daluna, Duces, Hot Pretzels, Jamaican Holiday, Kortanc, La Raspa, Limbo Rock, Man in the Hay, Sham Hareh Golan, Tanko Bushi.

DVD 4:
Level III Dances
Tant' Hessie, Toi Nergis, Ve David, Zemer Atik; The Entertainer, Good Old Days, Popcorn, Twelfth Street Rag; Alunelul, Bossa Nova, Instant Success, Irish Mixer, Jamaican Holiday II, Joe Clark Mixer, Spanish Coffee, Twelfth Street Rag II, Ugros; Apat-Apat, Hole in the Wall, Mexican Mixer.

Even Dance Steps: Cherkessiya: Cherkessiya, Ciocarlanul.

DVD 5:
Even Dance Steps
Cherkessiya: Mechol Hagat
Grapevine: Armenian Misirlou, Corrido, Debka Le Adama, Hora Medura, Mayim, Romanian Hora.
Grapevine Pattern: Dimna Juda Mamo, Dirlada, Sweet Girl.
Step Hop: Branle Normand, Debka Kurdit, D'Hammerschmiedsg'selln, Hora (Hava Nagila), Machar, Makazice Kolo, Niguno Shel Yossi, Seven Jumps, Shibolet Basadeh, Sicilian Tarantella.
Schottische: Bekendorfer Quadrille, Carnavalito, Ersko Kolo, Fado Blanquita, Frunza, Ken Yovdu.

DVD 6:
Even Dance Steps 
Schottische: Korobushka, Kuma Echa, Pljeskavac Kolo, Road to the Isles, Salty Dog Rag, Savila Se Bela Loza, Setnja.

Uneven Dance Steps:
Three Step: Bechatzar Harabbi, Hora Agadati, Hora Bialik, Hora Pe Gheata.
Two-Step: Danish Sextur, Hashual, Hora Hassidit, Jambo, Makedonikos Horos, Misirlou-Kritikos, Nebesko Kolo, Sellenger's Round.
Yemenite: Hineh Ma Tov, Le'Or Chiuychech, Ma Na'Vu, Sapri Tama.
Polka: Doudlebska Polka, Jessie Polka.


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Want to engage students interest more in Grades 2-4
Andrew T on Sep 2, 2012
Want to engage students interest more in Grades 2-4
Andrew T on Sep 2, 2012
I need the music on Cds to go with this. Do they exist?
Marie L on Feb 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Rhythmically Moving CDs (850843-850851 or set 850842) have the audio only for the dances
Does this come with the music in a format that can be put on an ipod? It looks like not, since there are only DVD's.
Pure D on Nov 20, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, there are not any music tracks that can be converted to iTunes or similar formats, for use on an iPod. I am sure there is a way, if you have a newer iPod, to take each dvd on an iPod, but I do not know if each dance can be saved as a separate video file.

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