Estonian dance traditions have mostly survived to this day thanks to the actions of Jakob Hurt, who in 1888 released a call for the Estonians to start collecting and writing down their traditions. And today, Estonia has one of the biggest written-down collection of original dances.
The dance culture has mostly been influenced by our neighbours Russians and Latvians, especially in Seto- and Võromaa by the borders. The Northen Estonia shares some dances with Finns and the Swedish.
Back in the day, dance nights called Simman, were the best place for teenagers to hang out and have a good time, so the parties were mainly for the youth. What differs Estonian dance traditions from many other European countries is that it was most common to dance in pairs on a circle, like in this suite of polkas.
A good example of Slavic influences in dance is Kadrel that originates from Setomaa.
Newer dances that are only around 150-200 years old are notably more complicated than the old dances that might have only been based around one step and it’s variations (Labajalg was one of the more popular ones). On of these kinds of dances is Kangakudumine, that tells the story of weaving and is accompanied with a song.
A separate category of dances were so called “joke dances” that usually mocked or imitated what old Estonians found weird, like Juudipolka (a Jew’s Polka, doesn’t actually have anything to do with the Jewish people) that made fun of marriage or Kirburaputamine that imitates “shaking off the fleas”.
Today the biggest celebration of Estonian Folk Dance is the Dance Festival Tantsupidu that is held in Tallinn every 2 or 3 years. while most of the dances are slightly changed to fit onto the big stadium, Oige ja Vasemba (Right and Left) is a traditional dance that finishes every Youth Festival. Annual festivals for traditonal dance include Sabatants and also Viljandi Folk, however small workshops and dance nights are held almost weekly in Tallinn and Tartu.
SJWs are so fucking oblivious to the world. In my personal experience, people in foreign countries generally LOVE when an outsider is willing to learn their culture. I live in Japan now and am white as fuck but I've literally been pulled into a large folk dance at a festival and I've been put into a yukata and encouraged to wear it to another festival. People here give me their food to try and have done nothing but encourage me. Even to try their religious practices just for the experience.