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Introduction to Folk Dancing


There are two basic divisions of movement:

A. Locomotor Movement: 
      Movement through space as one goes from one place to another. 
All forms of locomotion can be reduced to the following five basic 
even rhythm steps:

	a.WALK  - a simple transfer of body weight from one foot to 
		  the other, one foot is in contact with the floor 
		  as the other foot swings forward. One walk is usually 
		  performed to one beat, a quarter note.
	b.RUN   - the speed of the walk is increased, and there is a 
                  brief moment when neither foot is in contact with 
                  the floor. It is usually recorded as eighth note.
	c.HOP   - with the weight of the body on one foot spring on 
  		  that foot and land on the same foot.
	d.LEAP  - with the weight of the body on one foot spring on 
		  that foot and land on the other foot.
	e.JUMP  - spring up into the air from one or two feet and land 
 		  on both feet.
	f.SKIP  - a combination of a skip and a hop, executed on the 
		  same foot. Two skips are completed to one measure.
	g.SLIDE - a slide and a close, shifting the weight on the close. 
		  The slide is longer than the close. Two slides are 
		  completed to a measure.
	h.GALOP - a step and a cut with the same foot leading. Two galops 
		  to one measure.

B. Non-locomotor Movement: 
      Axial movements occur in space but do not carry the body through 
space from one place to another. They are restricted movements, which 
originate from stationary base (standing, sitting, kneeling or lying) 
and rotate about its own axis. The movement may take place in the whole 
body or a part of the body. To twist, stretch, bend, raise, lower, swing, 
strike, and push are examples of axial movements.
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