Traditional Dances

AZTECA Dancers celebrate their rituals dancing and singing to Manifestations of Nature as well as their Catholic God. The states of Guanajuato and Querétaro are the main groups perform this ritual dance.
Chiapas, El Alcaraván, El Sapo Chiapas is a land of fantasy in which a joyous people live; people with musical inspiration and colorful dances. The earths gives to the Chipaneco, and he responds with music and sones from his inseparable marimba.
Chihuahua Named after the people of Chihuahua, this dance is a combination of European waltzes and polkas. They are danced at festivals and theaters, having become popular since the 1910 revolution.
DURANGO It originated in Europe. The polka and schottische is danced in this region. In the beginning, dances were "corrida y huarachazo" (running and flat footed steps). The ability of the man to move the women, using brusque movements called "jalón" or pull gives the dance a special style and distinct rural character.
GUERRERO The "Chilean" style of dance comes from South America dating back to the XIX century. Its antecedent is the "zamba" which was very popular in Chile and Argentina. The style came to Guerrero by way of Acapulco from the South American ships which rested in that port. From its inception the dance has suffered diverse influences until it was converted into a version of the Mexican son. The use of the kerchief and the drumming are Andean elements that have remained in the Chilean coast and distinguish it from the actual son.
HIDALGO The State of Hidalgo, named in honor of the Nation's father Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, is located in the Nation's mid-eastern region of the Mexican Republic. It is one of the most affluent regions of important mineral deposits of gold, silver and zinc. El Hidalguense, one of the many Huasteco musical pieces used in dance, is the region's expression of romanticism and happiness of the people. Los Matlachines de Hidalgo is an ancient dance of the sierra and of the Huasteca region. It is customary to dance it at weddings and popular town fiestas. The name is derived from the Nahóa word "Malacatonzín" of (Malacachos) - which means to gyrate or turn on a malacate. Old stories tell us that our ancestors danced in concentric circles, gyrated simultaneously and sometimes in a straight line like a malacate.
JALISCO Land of beautiful women, charros, sones, jarabes and Mariachi music. The state of Jalisco lies west of México City. The dances are known as jarabe which means "sweet syrup" as many of the dances are those of courtship.
NAYARIT The mestizo dances of Nayarit are comprised of sones, potorricos and minuets. "When the work day is over, the body flushed from the heat of the sun, muscles aching, the spirit fresh none the less, and a radiant heart, they sing and dance to the melody of a guitar, vihuela and violin. With the machetes, a daring game has been improvised, the clinking of steel meeting steel, the agility and courage of these men who seem to be playing jokes on death."
SAN LUIS POTOSI Cuanegros is a dance of African origin in which the slaves and land laborers, in the form of protest, joke and fun, enjoy themselves by ridiculing the rich land owners, hoping for freedom and equality.
TAMAULIPAS "La Picota" is a style of dance from the highland region of Tamaulipas, principally from Villa de San Carlos. The dance was originally a ritual dance of the most ancient inhabitants of Tamaulipas, the Mayas. The music is played with a clarinet and drum, which awakens the spirit of the dancers. With high jump steps, turns and sudden shifts, as well as cotton costumes the dancers combine the Indigenous and Spanish characteristics in a joyous celebration.
VERACRUZ This indigenous dance originated during the beginning of the colonial period. Its origin stems from a group of Black Africans who came to the land of the Totonacas to serve as slaves on a sugar cane plantation owned by a Spaniard. One of the strongest slaves was bitten by a serpent. His mother, along with her other sons, performed a magical and ritualistic ceremony in which they eliminated and neutralized the harm the serpent had caused. The Totonacas adapted such rituals by combining their intelligence, mystical spirit, and their ability to imitate which made this ritual one of the most beautiful artistic manefestations of the region. This piece is danced in the states of Oaxaca, Puebla, Michoacn and Veracruz. It has become an important element of the indigenous religious festivities.

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