List of national dances

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This is a list of national dances. This may be a formal or informal designation. Not all nations officially recognize a national dance or dances.

By country[edit]

National dance by country
Country Dance
Afghanistan Attan,[1] Khattak
Algeria Chaoui dance, Alaoui, Gnawa
Argentina Tango, Pericón
Armenia Armenian dance
Australia Bush dance; Corroboree among Australian Aborigines
Austria Ländler, Waltz
Azerbaijan Azerbaijani dances
Bahamas Junkanoo and Rake and scrape
Bangladesh Dhali, Jari, Baul, Kathakali, Manipuri, Snake Dance[2]
Belize Brukdown
Bermuda Gombey
Bolivia Huayno, Caporales dance
Brazil Samba[3]
Brunei Zapin
Bulgaria Horo, Rŭchenitsa
Canada Maple Leaf Stomp (official),[4] Canadian stepdance (unofficial)
Cape Verde Batuku
Colombia Vallenato and Cumbia[5]
Chile Cueca[5]
China Chinese dance
Cook Islands Tamure
Costa Rica Punto Guanacasteco
Croatia Kolo
Cuba Rumba
Democratic Republic of the Congo Soukous
Dominica Kwadril
Dominican Republic Merengue
Ecuador Sanjuanito
Egypt Raqs sharqi and Raqs baladi
El Salvador Xuc
Ethiopia Eskista
Finland Jenkka
Fiji Meke
France Can can, Bal-musette, Bourrée; (Brittany) Gavotte and An Dro
French Polynesia Tamure
Germany Polka, Waltz
Greece Syrtos
Guadeloupe Gwo ka
Guatemala Baile de la Conquista
Gulf States (also covers Saudi Arabia and Oman) Khaleegy dance
Haiti Méringue
Honduras Punta
Hungary Czardas[6]
India Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Sattriya, Manipuri dance, Mohiniyattam, Garba, Dollu Kunitha, Dandiya, Bihu dance, Chholiya, Bhangra, Rasiya, Ghoomar, Kalbelia, Giddha
Indonesia Indonesian dances
Iraq Dabke, Kurdish dance, Khigga
Iran Persian dance, Kurdish dance, Azerbaijani dances
Ireland Irish Dancing
Israel Israeli folk dancing
Italy Tarantella
Japan Japanese traditional dance
Jordan Dabke
Kavkaz (also covers Azerbaijan and Armenia) Lezginka
Korea Korean dance
Lebanon Dabke
Macedonia Oro
Madagascar Hiragasy
Malaysia Zapin
Martinique Bélé
Mexico Jarabe tapatío
Moldova Hora
Morocco Gnawa
Nicaragua Danza de las Inditas
Netherlands Clogging
New Zealand Haka
Oman Al-Bar'ah
Pakistan Khattak and Kathak
Palestine Dabke
Panama Tamborito
Papua New Guinea Sing-sing
Paraguay Paraguayan polka
Poland Krakowiak, Kujawiak, Mazur, Oberek, Polonaise[7]
Philippines Cariñosa and Tinikling
Peru Marinera
Portugal Vira
Puerto Rico Bomba and Plena
Romania Hora
Russia Troika, Barynya and Trepak
Saint Lucia Kwadril
Saudi Arabia Ardah
Scandinavia (also covers Finland and Sweden) Polska
Serbia Kolo
Somalia Dhaanto
Spain Flamenco
South Africa Gumboot dancing and various styles of South African tribal dance (Zulu, Xhosa, etc.); Volkspele among Afrikaners
Syria Dabke, Khigga
Trinidad and Tobago Unofficially Limbo
Turkey Zeybek, Halay, Horon
Turkmenistan Kyushtdepdi[8]
Ukraine Hopak
United Kingdom (England) English country dance, (Scotland) Scottish highland dance, (Wales) Twmpath, (Cornwall) Cornish dance, (Northern Ireland) Irish Dancing
United States No national dance; arguably or unofficially Square dancing; see List of U.S. state dances
Uruguay Tango, Pericón, Candombe
Tonga lakalaka
Yemen Al-Bar'ah

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Afghanistan" entry at Encarta". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  2. ^ Britannica - Bangladesh Music and Dance
  3. ^ Guardian article
  4. ^ Reid, E. (1995). Canadian Folk Dances. ALFRED Publishing Company Incorporated. ISBN 9780769291222. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  5. ^ a b Jon Aske. "Department of Foreign Languages, Salem State University | Dance glossary". lrc.salemstate.edu. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  6. ^ "czardas | Hungarian dance". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to nginx!". culture.poland.com. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  8. ^ V@DIM. "Turkmenistan: golden age | Our favourite dance". turkmenistan.gov.tm. Retrieved 2015-01-03.