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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Physical Education

First Advisor

Elizabeth Matson


This paper is limited to a few brief but important statements on the early development of the folk dance. As for its origins, it is quite obscure. From the studies of its beginnings, it can be freely said that it began with primitive man who used his body to express his feelings. Ruth Radir writes; "Man, we believe, has always danced. The beginnings of the dance, like the beginnings of all man's expressive life, are shrouded in a speculative past."1