Comparison of specific ethnic and choreographed folk dances
This creative project has compared specific ethnic folk dances to choreographed folk dances. Ball State University's Folk Dance Repertory "The Banevolks" in their concert "Folklore '74", provided the material for the choreographed dances. The background material for the ethnic folk dances has been researched by the author. The paper discusses the similarities and differences between arranged or choreographed and ethnic folk dances.The countries researched were Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Russia and Israel. The following dances were discussed: Cetvorno Oro, Na Uskres Sam Se, Pirot Medley, Starobosansko Kolo from Glamoch, Zhora Bar, Venzelia, Hoppa Hey, Orcha Bamidbar and Mishal.The project has explored the dances in accordance with: style, basic steps, formations, types, costumes and history. Diagrams, musical notes and dance write-ups have been added to outline the dances in a more realistic form.