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
Albania Shota
Afghanistan Attan,[1] Khattak
Algeria Chaouia, Gnawa
Argentina Tango, Pericón
Armenia Armenian dance
Australia Bush dance; Corroboree among Australian Aborigines
Austria Ländler
Azerbaijan Azerbaijani dances
Bahamas Junkanoo and Rake and scrape
Bahrain Ardah, Liwa
Bangladesh Baul, Jari gan, Kathak, Manipuri, Bizhu dance, Marma Dance, Peacock dance, Snake Dance[2]
Belize Brukdown
Bermuda Gombey
Bolivia Huayno, Caporales dance
Brazil Samba[3]
Brunei Zapin
Bulgaria Horo, Rŭchenitsa
Burma Burmese dance
Cambodia Romvong
Canada Maple Leaf Stomp (official),[4] Canadian stepdance and Red River Jig (unofficial)
Cape Verde Coladeira, Batuque
Colombia Vallenato and Cumbia[5]
Chile Cueca;[5] Rapa Nui: Sau-sau
China Fan dance, Lion dance, Dragon dance
Cook Islands Ura
Costa Rica Punto guanacasteco
Croatia Kolo
Cuba Danzón, Rumba
Cyprus Sousta, Tatsia, Turkish Cypriot folk dances
Czech Republic Polka, Redowa
Democratic Republic of the Congo Soukous
Dominica Kwadril
Dominican Republic Merengue
Ecuador Pasillo
Egypt Raqs sharqi and Raqs baladi
El Salvador Xuc
Eritrea Quda
Ethiopia Eskista
Finland Polska
Fiji Meke
France Can can, Valse musette, Bourrée, Rigaudon; (Brittany) Gavotte and An Dro
French Polynesia Tamure
Georgia Lezginka
Germany Polka, Schuhplattler, Waltz
Ghana Adowa dance
Greece Syrtaki; (Crete: Syrtos
Guadeloupe Gwo ka
Guatemala Marimba cumbia
Haiti Kadans
Honduras Punta
Hungary Czardas[6]
India Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odissi, Sattriya, Manipuri, Mohiniyattam, Kathakali; (Punjab): Bhangra; (Gujarat): Garba; (Rajasthan): Ghoomar, Kalbelia; (Mizoram): Cheraw; (Tripura): Bihu; (Bengal): Chhau
Indonesia Sekar Jepun, Legong, Pendet, Barong, Ronggeng, Kancet Papatai Saman dance
Iraq Dabke, Kurdish dance, Chobi
Iran Persian dance, Kurdish dance, Azerbaijani dances
Ireland Irish Dancing
Israel Israeli folk dance
Italy Tarantella
Jamaica Quadrille
Japan Noh Mai
Jordan Dabke
Korea Buchaechum, Pungmul
Kosovo Shota
Kuwait Ardah, Liwa
Lebanon Dabke
Liechtenstein Liechtensteiner Polka
Macedonia Oro
Madagascar Hiragasy
Malaysia Zapin
Martinique Bélé
Mexico Jarabe tapatío
Moldova Hora
Mongolia Biyelgee
Morocco Gnawa
Nicaragua Palo de mayo, Mazurca segoviana, Son nica
Nepal Newa dance
Netherlands Klompendansen
New Zealand Haka
Norway Hallingdans
Oman Al-Bar'ah
Pakistan Khattak, Sammi, Qawwali, Kathak; (Punjab): Bhangra
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 Danza, Bomba and Plena
Qatar Ardah
Romania Hora
Russia Troika, Barynya and Trepak
Saint Lucia Kwadril
Samoa and American Samoa Siva Samoa
Saudi Arabia Ardah, Khaleegy
Senegal Mbalax
Serbia Kolo
Slovakia Redowa, Czardas, Polka
Somalia Dhaanto
South Africa Gumboot dancing and Indlamu; Volkspele among Afrikaners
Spain Flamenco, Jota, Malagueñas, Pasodoble; Basque Country: Fandango
Sri Lanka Kandyan dance
Sweden Polska, Hambo
Switzerland Schottisch, Ländler
Syria Dabke
Thailand Thai dance
Tonga Lakalaka
Trinidad and Tobago Unofficially Limbo
Turkey Zeybek, Halay, Horon, Ciftetelli, Kasik karsilama, Bar, Hora, Lezginka
Turkmenistan Kyushtdepdi[8]
Ukraine Hopak
United Arab Emirates Yowla, Khaleegy and Ardah
United Kingdom (England) Morris dance (Scotland) Scottish highland dance, (Wales) Welsh clogging, (Cornwall) Cornish dance, (Northern Ireland) Irish Dancing
United States No national dance, square dancing unofficially; see List of US state dances; Hoop dance, Grass dance, jingle dance, Fancy dance and Native American tribal dance styles dominate in areas populated by Native American tribes.
Uruguay Tango, Pericón, Candombe
Venezuela Joropo
Virgin Islands Quadrille
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.