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Ballet Folklorico

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Erica Frederiksen

on 29 March 2013

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Transcript of Ballet Folklorico

music and dance are
influenced by African,
Caribbean and Spanish
cultures as well as the
indigenous Huastecos. By Erica Frederiksen Ballet Folklorico The dance is very much
like flamenco. In the
music we hear acoustic violins and harps, all with
a tropical twist. Ballet Folklorico is the
legacy of the diverse states
of Mexico and also of Amalia
Hernandez, the founder and choreographer of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Through her work, she was able to record Mexico's history. The distinct traditions of the various regions of
Mexico have been delicately preserved with
the beautiful music, costumes and dances
delivered by Folklorico dance troupes.
Today, Ballet Folklorico is popular
in not only in Mexico City, but
also in many cities across
the United States. This northern border state is
known for its upbeat polkas
with accordion tunes. The polka dance and music were
adopted in the mid to late 1800's
as Germans migrated to the
Northern Mexican states (during
the Portfiriato). The dresses are
similar to Germany's traditional
dress; and the boots are typical
for this dry desert state. Folklorico dance from
Sinaloa also has polka beats; however, we can also hear tropical mambo stlyes from Cuba along with other influences from Latin America. The women wear long
flowing skirts in various
bright colors. This
traditional dress mirrors
the sunny warm beaches
that make up much of
Sinaloa. YUCATAN Jalisco is home of the
Jarabe Tapatio, aka the
Mexican Hat Dance. This region embodies the
representation of Mexican Folklorico,
with its mariachi music and festive
costumes. The women wear rancho
style dresses in bright colors (from
indigenous traditions) while the men
wear the iconic charro suit and sombrero. This Mayan capital of Mexico
combines the old and new
worlds with the Danza de las
Cintas. This dance is a global
tradition with origins in Bavaria,
reaching Mexico through Spain. The dances and costumes
are representative of the
Mayan population. The
music is a mixture of
many cultures as Yucatan
is one of the original
Spanish ports.
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