: AFRO-PERUANO : FESTEJO : MARINERA :
: ZAMACUECA : ZAPATEO :
During my time in Peru I was able to learn just a few of the many cultural dances that add to the colorful landscape views and delicious fare. There are a number of traditional dances for each area of the country and my good friends from the Afro-Contemporary dance company invited me to one of their rehearsals where I would see them in action and even attempt them myself!
With a mix of latin and african music pouring out from the speakers along with one of the dancers sitting on top of a cajón (a wooden box used as a drum to accompany the dancers) pounding away and singing, the atmosphere was electric and I soon found myself dancing to rhythms that could only come from a place deep within my body. Digging into my own roots, so to speak.
I would not have had this amazing experience if it weren’t for the Afro-Contemporary group, Afrikayé. There are truly an amazing group of people who keep the culture and traditions alive. And also, I want to thank my friend, Otis Rodríguez, for all of his help and for his inspiring choreography in both the Trome Dance 2013 show and the Ángeles Program year-end showcase.
To see the video, click on the Peruvian Dance photo above.