Traditional dances from Ecuador – South America
Ecuador as you may know by now, if you have already reading some of my posts, is located in the equator, latitude 0 and nestled in the Andes Cordillera. This creates some special conditions for the country which despite its small size is rather culturally diverse.
Folklore in Ecuador takes many forms, I will focus today’s article on its folkloric dances.
But, what makes this country so diverse and at the same time its folkloric dances so special, has to do specially with the different mix of its population.
Most of the population is mestizo, a mixture of European and Incas or other indigenous groups, and then there is a small 10% of Afro-Ecuadorians. There is a 10% of European descent, being Italy, France, Spain and Germany main countries of descent.
Thus, not uncommon to find in the bigger cities International Schools for French, Italian, German, English speakers as well as, courses to learn these languages.
Among mestizos we have included indigenous groups and it is worth noting that Ecuador has 14 ethnic groups, each with its special traditions, dialect and dances.
Here are 2 short videos of some folkloric dances in Ecuador and in Latin America, will show you some of the traditional clothing and dances in the country and continent.
About the video:
First part performed by the indigenous group from Imbabura, the province located two hours north of Quito. Their beautiful bright and colorful embroidered blouses have designs inspired by ancient civilizations located in the Andes.
The second group of dancers are from Pujili, from the province of Tungurahua, located South of Quito.
The third and last group conformed by the chagras (Andean cowboys) from Machachi in the province of Pichinca, not far away from Quito.
About this video:
First part of the video performed by a couple, is tango, a popular dance from the 80´s. It started in Río de la Plata, near Argentina and Uruguay
The second dance is the well-known samba from Brazil. A lively, colorful and vibrant dance.
Then at the end you will find a medley with some of the traditional songs and dances from Cuba, including:
And this video below is of one of the festivities celebrated by de inhabitants in the city of Latacunga, located to the South of Quito.
Folkloric dances in Ecuador will vary according to region, indigenous group and location. In addition to traditional dances, you get to admire traditional clothing depending on the group performing.
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If you want more in-depth information and also a guide that you can bring along during your trip, I recommend the travel guide Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands.
This is a great source of information and tips, maps and all you need if you plan on visiting Ecuador. I personally like the option of having a hard copy version where I can take notes and have at hand.
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