Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Folk Dance Collections

Submitted by Mei-Chen Lu and Charlotte Wile - January 10, 2017, updated on May 22, 2017

The materials below consist of published notation scores and compiled individual dance scores by the DNB from various sources.  There are European and Israeli folk dances.  Some are accompanied by music scores; some teach basic notation knowledge.  All the material is useful for educational and research purposes.  

10 Folk Dances in Labanotation, by Lucy Venable and Fred Berk.

              For recordings of music in the book, performed by Marcus Machado,  Go Here.

  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 - The staff, Directions, Levels, Rhythms, Pins and Repeat Sing
  • Cherkessia- Israeli Dance
  • Lesson 2 - Jumps, Hops, Leap
  • Schottische Step
  • Lesson 3- Turns (On the Ground and In the Air)
  • Sarajevka Kolo - Yugoslav Dance from Serbia
  • Lesson 4 - Circular Paths, Hold Signs & Accents
  • Seven Step (Siebenschritt) - Austrian Couple Dance
  • Lesson 5 - Leg gestures, Touches
  • Korobushka - Russian Couple Dance 
  • Lesson 6 - Waltz and Polka Turns and More Repeat Signs
  • Masquerade - Danish Social Dance
  • Road to the Isles - Scottish Dance
  • Greek Dance
  • Norwegian Polka
  • Debka - Israeli Line Dance Based on Arabic Steps
  • You Can Write a Dance in Labanotation
  • Piano Accompaniment
  • Glossary of Symbols

Dances from Israel, by Lucy Venable and Fred Berk.


Circle Dances
  • Mamtera (Sprinkler)
  • At Va'ani (You and Me)
  • Likrat Shabat (Welcome of the Sabbath)
  • Al Tira (Dance of Strength)
Couple Dances
  • Roe Veo'a (Shepherd and Shepherdess)
  • Al Tiruni (Do Not Scorn Me)
  • Hanokdim (Shearers)
Line Dances
  • Kol Dodi (The Voice of My Beloved)
  • Horat Hasor (Tenth Anniversary Hora)
  • Debra Rafiach

Folk Collection No. 1 (Greek), notated by Alice Lattimore.

  • Gerakina
  • Madedonian Dances
  • Menouses
  • Teamikoe
  • Hassapiko

Folk Collection No. 2, notated by Alice Lattimore, Joan Gainer, and Celia Rudin et al.


  • Bavno Oro
  • Ritka Buza
  • Hanodeid - Israeli Circle Dance
  • Korobushka - A Russian Folk Dance
  • Nenesko Kolo 
  • Hora Aggadati
  • Tanko Bushi
  • Mayim

Folk Collection No. 3 (British-American), notated by Muriel Topaz, Mireille Backer, and Alice Lattimore.


  • Highland Fling
  • Hull's Victory (American Contra)
  • Old Mother Oxford (Morris Jig from Headington, England)
  • A Trip to Paris (18th Century Country Dance)
  • Black Nag (English Country Dance)

Folk Dance Collection, notated by Alice Lattimore, Celia Rudin,  et al.

(Some of these dances are also in a publication above.)

  • Bavno Oro (Yugoslav folk dance from Macedonia)
  • Nebesko Kolo (Yugoslavia)
  • Korobushka (Russia)
  • Ritka Buza (Hungary)
  • Hanodeid (Israel)
  • Hora Aggadati (Israel)
  • Tanko Bushi - Coal Miner's Dance (Japan)
  • Mayim (Israel)
  • Black Nag (English Country Dance)
  • Highland Fling
  • Hull's Victory (American Contra)
  • Old Mother Oxford (Morris Jig from Headington, England)
  • A Trip to Paris (18th Century Country Dance)
  • Gerakina (Greek Folk Dance from Macedonia)
  • Macedonian Dances (Greece)
  • Menouses (Greek Folk Dance from Epirus)
  • Teamikoe (Greece)
  • Hassapiko (Greece)

Database of Hungarian Traditional Dances, created by János Fügedi et.al.

An online database of Hundreds of Hungarian Folk Dances documented in movie clips and Labanotation.  This is an external link to a website.

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