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5 typical dances of our folklore

Our folklore has different typical dances that have been bringing people to the floor for a long time, all over the country.


Music is an excellent way to get to know a culture. The chords, the sounds, the voices... but also the dances. Our  folklore  has different typical dances that have been bringing people to the floor for a long time, all over the country. Today we want to present you 5 of the most representative dances of our land.

1) The cielito

It is a Creole dance that is danced as a couple loose. This choreography adopted modalities typical of picaresque and cheerful dances, such as chestnuts and ingenious movements.

2) The chacarera

The  chacarera  is another of the typical dances of our folklore. You also dance as a loose couple and, in it, the zapateo is a constant. For some time, he has made the whole of Argentina dance, especially  Santiago del Estero . Of this dance there is a variant called double chacarera.

3) The zamba

The  zamba  is a dance that is danced as a loose and independent couple. The handkerchief has an important role in that, through it, dancers express moods, suggestions or desires. The man celebrates the woman tenderly and she accepts, even if she dodges it. After falling in love with her, comes the triumph of the man, who puts the crown on her handkerchief.

4) Malambo

Malambo lacks lyrics: guitar music accompanies this dance performed only by men. The dancer shows off with the shoe, the brushing (rubbing the sole of the foot against the floor), the peque (punching with the cue and the spur) or the florets. His feet barely touch the ground.

5) The pericon

The pericon is a typical dance of the Pampas plain. It is known as “dance of four”, as that is the minimum of couples needed and, also, because the choreography of primitive dance consisted of only four figures: demand or mirror, last or joyful, chain and sky. Each of these figures corresponds to several different movements, which are executed according to the orders given, as the case may be, by the singer or the “batonero”.

Publication Date: 15/10/2019

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