Monthly Archives: November 2010

La Cueca

La Cueca is the national dance and folklore of Chile. This dance mimics the courtship of a chicken and rooster. The handkerchiefs you can see to the right symbolize feathers. Danced for years, la Cueca is influence by both African … Continue reading

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Flamenco

Another extremely passionate and emotional Spanish dance is the Flamenco. Originating in the 16th century, the dance has been an outlet for the poor and oppressed. This may be a result of the flamenco’s tumultuous begins. Thrown together by their … Continue reading

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Paso Doble

Elegant and filled with fierce emotion, the Paso Doble resembles the foot work and movements of Bull fighting, another Spanish tradition. In this case, the man is the matador and the woman is the red handkerchief waved in front of … Continue reading

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Quebradita

Fun, fast, and acrobatic, the Quebradita is another impressive dance from Mexico. The origins of Quebradita stem came in the 1960s with a band called El Recodo. This band mixed cumbia with banda instruments. However, this musical movement did not … Continue reading

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Duranguense/ Norteno

From the ranches and country of Mexico, this post brings you the wonders of Norteno and Duranguense dancing. The first dance mentioned, Norteno, originated in northern New Spain, or Northern Mexico. In the late 19th century, Czech, Bohemian, and German … Continue reading

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Ballet Folklorico from Mexico

Fully of energy and bright pretty dresses, Ballet Folklorico is Mexican folklore music and dance. These dances consists of stomping with shoes that have nails in the bottom of the soles, women making arms movements that elegantly swing brighty-colored dress, … Continue reading

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Cumbia

Well, its hard to explain just exactly the cumbia is in specific terms. The reality is cumbia changes drastically depending on where you are in the latin world. Each area, country, and even regions of the same country has its … Continue reading

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