Belgium: YOUNG country!• Belgium was founded in 1830 after Belgian Revolution• Independant from The Netherlands• Still a lot of Dutch habits
Traditional Clothing• Big difference between rich and poor
• Mostly dark coloured fabrics• Wooden shoes and white dotted red scarves
• Many professions had their own uniforms: ‘de Champetter’: a policeman ‘de Pastoor’: a priest
Folkdance?• Traditional dance on typical music linked to a place.• Passed from generation to generation.• No permanent partner.• Purpose: to meet each other.• Following rhythm of seasons.• Around important events or religious celebrations.
Some history.• Our region: 12 folkdances with European influences:• Couple Dances: Jan Smet, Kletskesdans, Walking Dance, Jan Pirrewit, Polka Step and Stripe• Column Dance• Kissing Dance (Kuskesdans)• Seven Leaps (Zevensprong)• Luksie• Mieke Stout• Klepperwals
• Some dances expressed games:• The Garde Sus• Broom dances• Koterhaken-dance• Stick dances• Egg dance• Rozenhoed-dances• Dances with unclear origin:• The Horlepiep• Vendel Waving
Advantages:• Folk dance stimulates:• Social development• Coordination• Orientation in space and time• Body control• Rhythm and musical sense
• Let there besome good influence from our Eastern and Soutern neighbours!!