The Mexican territory is so extensive that the culture and all its expressions, in addition to seeming infinite, vary from one region to another. An important part of the traditions are the dances and, as a sample of this, there are various traditional Mexican dances popular in different states of the country.
On this occasion I will tell you about the most popular dances in Mexico.
The Jarabe Tapatio is perhaps the most popular of the typical Mexican dances, since it is considered the national dance of Mexico. It is accompanied by mariachi music and the dancers wear the two typical national costumes: the charro costume for men and the china poblana dress for women.
“Danza de los voladores“
The aim of the flyers is to express respect towards nature and the spiritual universe. To do this, four young people climb a mast 18 to 40 meters high while the fifth member plays the flute and the drum to honor the sun and the cardinal points. The dancers, tied by ropes, throw themselves and dance in the air as they rotate, imitating the flight of birds.
“La danza de los viejitos“
This peculiar and friendly dance is traditional from the state of Michoacán, specifically from the town of Jarácuaro, and has become one of the most representative and applauded nationally and internationally.
The dance consists of four men who are dressed in the costume of the Purépecha peasants, a white blanket shirt and pants, covered by a colorful serape and huaraches with wooden soles to play with the feets. In addition, their faces are covered with wooden masks in the shape of smiling old men, they use grass fiber as wigs and they wear a hat with long multicolored ribbons and a cane as additional accessories.
“La danza del venado“
This ritual dance is a representation of the hunting of the deer, considered as a hero among the Yaquis and Mayos. Expresses man’s respect for nature as it is a source of life and sustenance. Well, let’s remember that for ancestral cultures it was very important to ask Mother Earth for permission to extract resources from her.
Who represents the deer on his head uses a stuffed deer head with a red ribbon between the horns. This is placed on top of a ribbon white that slightly covers the deer’s eyes. In addition, the torso is naked and necklaces of mother-of-pearl shell are placed on the neck.
Some other popular Mexican dances are;
- La polka Norteña
- La danza de los Parachicos
- La danza de los Chinelos
- La jarana Yucateca
- La danza de la pluma
- Danza de los Concheros
Mexico prides itself on its multiple dance styles as a celebration of the nation’s own historically rich culture. However, Mexican dances not only serve to preserve ancestral traditions or to show off the mastery of the dancers’ movements; they also tell a unique story that captivates viewers with their different characters and their variety of brightly colored costumes.