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the typical dances

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Hello, I am glad to greet you, I am Yael Yancelson and today we are going to a city full of dance, music, flavor, and tradition, we arrive at Xalapa Veracruz in Mexico, so breathe, close your eyes and let yourself be guided, we begin.

episode transcription

The word Xalapa comes from the Nahuatl Xallapan (from Xalli: sand, apan: river or spring) which is “spring in the sand”.

The costume of the Xalapeña woman is composed of a blouse called “Quéchquemitl” and a skirt made of cotton in bright colors, how cute right?

In this city, we will find a great cultural movement, since it is characterized by being the cradle of outstanding talents in theater, music, dance, and other artistic manifestations, which gives it an adorable bohemian air. Schedule your visit to the Museum of Anthropology or to El Lencero and this time we are going to see the different types of dance not only from Xalapa but from all over Veracruz because, as I love dancing, I decided that I wanted to investigate more about the typical dance and our guide Roberto tells us that the typical dances and dances of Veracruz are based on jarocha music, which developed during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Spanish tried to adopt the customs of the indigenous people to Christianity and their own culture, resulting in the typical dances. of the region, that exists today and there are quite a few. Do you also like to dance? Tell me in the comments section, I love to know more about you.

The music of the Veracruz region is based on a mixture of Spanish music with rhythms from Africa and the Caribbean. The dances also called sones and jarabes, are made up of footwork movements and characteristics of flamenco.

Most of the typical dances of Veracruz are characterized by their fast rhythms and the emphasis on the movement of the feet. They are usually danced in the traditional costume of the region, and the music that accompanies them is performed by typical instruments such as harps, guitars, flutes, and drums. La Bamba falls within the context of the so-called couple dances; Usually, a man and a woman dance, although in some communities two or more couples dance. The dance of the witch originates from Veracruz, one of the most representative of the region because it is part of the traditional jarocho. It is about a woman who is very uninhibited and attracts men with her charms, although the lyrics of the song do not say so verbatim. The brunette is generally danced by one or two women, although there are exceptions and it can be danced by more. The Dance of the buses is typical of the Totonac people, natives of the Gulf of Mexico. It is mainly characterized by the use of a large wooden cross that rotates vertically. This cross is usually placed in city squares or in church atriums and symbolizes the creation of life. The dance of the buses is performed by seven dancers dressed in bright colors who begin to dance under the cross. After a few first steps taken as a group, four of them advance to climb onto the cross, which they push themselves. The cross begins to spin faster and faster with the four dancers on top, giving rise to a multicolored spectacle of movement. The dance is accompanied by the music of flutes and drums typical of the region. Very impressive and spectacular, don’t you think?

The líseres dance is a typical dance from Veracruz, usually presented at the festivities of San Juan Bautista and Santiago Apóstol. It belongs to a group of Mexican dances whose main character is the tiger, an animal with great importance in the region. her, the dancers are dressed in different colored robes that they use to imitate the skin of the animal and it is also quite a show because two groups of dancers dressed as tigers face each other in simulated combat, with no more music than the sounds that the dancers emit . The dance of the little blacks is one of the most popular in the entire state of Veracruz. It is based on a tradition from the beginning of the colonial era and represents a day of work in one of the cane plantations in the region. The typical dress is a black mask, as well as brightly colored clothes for those who make workers, and a military suit for those who act as gentlemen of the plantation. In this type of dance, the traditional instruments used are the flute, the drum, and sometimes the violin. The Dance of the Quetzals, which is typical of the regions of Puebla and Veracruz is danced in honor of the Quetzal, a sacred animal in Mayan mythology whose feathers were used to represent the Sun. The steps of this dance are fast and complex since it has movements that require great precision on the part of the dancers. The dance begins with the dancers executing the steps in a cross to symbolize the cardinal points. Then they go into a circle formation to represent the passage of time. And well, after so much dancing and tapping, I’m already very hungry, aren’t you? So if you like to cook click on the button or if you prefer keep traveling.

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I want to thank Fabiola Ruiz Bedolla, our Mexican Sign Language interpreter, and all her team of collaborators, as well as a very special thanks to Mercedes Obregón, director of the Pedagogical Institute for Language Problems, IPPLIAP. Thank you for joining this project and all of you for making it possible!

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