The folk music in Ethiopia is usually played with folk dancing, in a very attractive and dramatic manner. It is also accompanied by clapping of the hands associated with the beats rhythm. Folk dancing has an overall impressive defect that provides a picture of graceful body movement, facial expression, captivating and enthralling to the extreme. Each of the ethnic groups in Ethiopia has its own distinctive style of dancing. For instance;
The Gurage are famous in their vigorous jumping, thumping of the feet and swaying of the body from side to side.
For most of the Oromos, the head and the neck do most of the movement.
A shoulder and chest dance also called “Eskista” is common for most of Amharas. Both shoulders are moved in a series of motions forwards and backward.