Dutch folk dance are the traditional dances that were performed by the folk. Foreigners and the Dutch alike, associate Dutch folk dance with clog dancingthough clogs in practice limit the dance moves. Therefore, the folk dance is mostly danced in shoes. On harvest feasts the farmers often did dance on clogs though, as the feast followed the harvest, where they had been wearing cloggs.
Many folk dances regarded as Dutch are probably of Scottish origin, like Skotse trijeSkotse fjouwerHorlepiep of Hakketoone. This is, because the Dutch are a sea going nation and the fishermen brought many customs, as well as dances, from abroad.
The "Horlepiep" is known to be of Scottish origin. In the East of the Netherlands dances like DriekusmanHoksebargerVeletaKruispolka and the Spaanse Wals share the origin with German dances, but some are even danced in countries further away, like Poland and Lithuania. Si Mis Paredes Hablaran (Sinfonico) - Guaco, Gustavo Dudamel - Bidimensional at least using the same melodies.
The actual dances may differ. Nowadays new folk dances are still being created. It concerns new dance moves patterns that borrow from the traditional dances. Folk dances are not often danced anymore. Some old fashioned farmer weddings still feature them and in old people homes the dances are used as exercise. Nevertheless, there are quite a few folk dance groups still performing Dutch folk dances.
And those who want to show Dutch folklore on stage with new choreographies based on the original material. The latter ones usually have younger dancers from the age Good Ol Days (Single Edit) - Levert - Good Ol Days 8 till 50, and often go to festivals in Holland and abroad.
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